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Yost Ice Arena

Built in 1923, Yost Field House was the largest indoor building of its kind on any campus in the United States. It was named in honor of Fielding Harris Yost, legendary coach of Michigan's football teams from 1901-24 and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics from 1921 until his retirement in 1941. It was the first of three great structures that made Michigan's one of the finest college athletic complexes in the country.

Originally constructed at a cost $563,168, the building was exceedingly simple in design, relieved only by long rows of tall windows at the sides and ends. It followed the spirit of the Italian Romanesque in its decorative details, and despite its size and the necessity of adaptation to its function, the architects were able to make it both impressive and dignified.

Yost Field House was, in reality, a building erected over an immense playing field which permitted room for a 75-yard dash at the center and an eight-lane running track around the balcony. A portable basketball court for intercollegiate contests was set up each winter in the center of the main floor. Down each side were seats to accommodate some 7,500 spectators. At the north end were locker rooms, showers, a training room and equipment room. Offices and a laundry for athletic equipment were also included.

From the date of its dedication on Nov. 10, 1923, the building justified its construction, affording ample opportunity for football and baseball practice during the winter months. It was also used for varsity basketball games, and the track facilities allowed for indoor practice early in the spring. It served as home to U-M's great track teams of the 1950s and the Cazzie Russell-led basketball teams of the mid-1960s.

Yost also served as the locker room and weight conditioning area for Bo Schembechler's first football teams in the early 1970s. In 1973, the facility underwent a $555,134 renovation, converting it to an ice arena. It has since been home to Michigan hockey, as well the U-M men's and women's ice hockey club teams, the synchronized skating club team, various area high school hockey teams, recreational leagues, the University's intramural hockey/broomball leagues and a variety of other community and university ice programs.

In the summer of 1996, the arena underwent a $5.5 million renovation which included first floor remodeling, north end seating, new Michigan hockey locker room and training facilities, second floor administrative offices and new press box facilities. These renovations made Yost a state-of-the-art facility once again while maintaining its historical integrity.

Five years later, a 294-seat club level balcony and lounge area was added, perched above the east side stands. More work took place in 2006 with a $2 million renovation that included improved amenities in the varsity and visitor's locker rooms. In 2011, a state-of the-art high-definition video board/scoreboard was installed.

In 2012, the ultimate renovation took place, essentially gutting the facility and restoring the windows throughout, all while maintaining the architectural integrity of the athletic campus. Yost now features new bleacher seats, ADA accessible seating and loge boxes, new premium seating areas, and a new press box area. There is an upgraded concourse with improved concessions and more points of sale.

The University of Michigan Board of Regents approved Oct. 19, 2017, an addition to the naming structure at historic Yost Arena. In honor of a legendary figure, the regents formally approved the designation of the ice rink as the Red Berenson Rink at Yost Ice Arena.


From Detroit Metro Airport and points east: Take I-94 west to State Street (exit 177). Turn right. Travel north approximately 2 1/4 miles through two stoplights. Turn left just past Yost Ice Arena into parking lot.

From Chicago and points west: Take I-94 east to State Street (exit 177). Turn left. Travel north approximately 2 1/4 miles through three stoplights. Turn left just past Yost Ice Arena into parking lot.

From Toledo and points south: Take U.S. 23 north to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.

From Flint and points north: Take U.S. 23 south to I-94 west. Follow directions from Detroit Metro Airport.

 

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