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Friday Michigan State's board of trustees approved a multi-million dollar investment into the coldest facility on campus Munn Ice Arena.
And as Nick Perreault explains these renovations will not only benefit the hockey program, but fans as well.
It was built in 1974, so it just makes sense, Munn Ice Arena is due for an upgrade.
"We've got a system that's, an ice making system that is original equipment," said Deputy Athletic Director Greg Ianni.
Original means over 40 years old, but Greg Ianni says thanks to the approval from MSU's board of trustees, Munn ice arena will see $6.5 million dollars in cold hard cash for renovations.
"It's replacement of the ice making system, it's replacement of the floor, of the ice, the concrete floor all the piping in the floor all the boards."
When the renovations are complete Ianni says fans won't necessarily see a difference in the ice, but they will see a change in the glass.
"Our panels have a lot of mulligan's in them that's the little metal strip that holds the glass together and they are very close together, so our thought is too widen out those mulligan's," Ianni said.
That means a better view for a more friendly fan experience and it'll be easier for the crew to fix too.
"Right now we use a thick, tempered glass, that's like safety glass, last time we broke a piece of glass it took us about 45 minutes to clean up and replace," said Steve Lantzy Munn Ice Area Asst. Manager.
The upgrades will make it easier on players and those who visit Munn ice arena for other activities like camps and open skating.
They are changes that Ianni says will benefit more than the hockey program.
"It will bring more energy efficient equipment in the building, make it a greener building and allow us to maximize the use of the building," Ianni said.
It's only appropriate, a green facility, for fans cheering on the green and white, all in all, a win for the hockey team, university and fans.
The new additions could also include new lighting around the arena as well. The department hopes for construction to get under by March of next year and completed by September of 2014.
The project is being funded through the Michigan State Athletic Department.