The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has authorized the construction of the Munn Ice Arena expansion project.
In support, Michigan State men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo and wife, Lupe, have made a $1.1 million gift towards the project, while additionally contributing to the Spartan marching band and Student-Athlete Support Services.
This is the second gift of $1 million or more by the Izzo family since 2011.
The Munn Ice Arena expansion project will provide new areas to benefit student-athletes, including a locker room, state-of-the-art weight room and training areas, shooting bays, and a players’ lounge. Additionally, new offices for coaches and staff will be moved above ground, and an expanded concourse will connect a Hall of Honor highlighting individual and team accomplishments to an enhanced pro/apparel shop.
“I’m humbled by this extraordinary gesture by Tom and Lupe,” MSU coach Danton Cole said in a statement. “This facility is a game-changer for us and I could not ask for a more meaningful endorsement than to have Coach Izzo and Lupe supporting our program.”
“Our basketball program is so very fortunate to have the support of many individuals and donors who understand how important facilities and scholarships are to recruiting and competing for championships,” Izzo added. “I’ve been going to hockey games since I came to Michigan State and those games are some of my greatest memories. The Spartan family is fortunate to have Danton Cole leading the hockey program and we (Lupe and I) are grateful to be able to support our hockey program that is about to take off.
“Additionally, it was important for us to impact and say thanks to our Student-Athlete Support Services department and staff who shape the academic lives of our players and to the Spartan marching band who enhance the game day experience for all.”