Photo by Michael Caples/MiHockey

Michigan State announces Munn Ice Arena upgrades

Photo by Michael Caples/MiHockey
Photo by Michael Caples/MiHockey


By @MichaelCaples –

Over the next 12 months, the Munn Ice Arena face-lift will continue to enhance the home of the Spartans.

This spring, the arena’s HVAC systems, ice surface, dasher boards and glass were all completely replaced at a cost of more than $6 million. Now, the university has announced a series of other changes that will be the opening phase in a “complete building renovation.”

“These initial upgrades demonstrate yet another example of the commitment to Spartan hockey by our athletics department, alums and supporters,” said head coach Tom Anastos in a release from the team. “The immediate enhancements are part of a broader plan for Munn Ice Arena that will ensure it continues to be one of the marque college hockey venues in the country. It’s an exciting time for everyone involved with Spartan hockey.”

Some of the changes coming this year include:

  • Theatrical lighting
  • New high-definition video boards
  • LED ribbon boards
  • Chairback seating
  • New concourse décor
  • Dressing room décor

“As Munn Ice Arena approaches on its 40th anniversary, we’re excited to announce the upcoming improvements that will significantly enhance both the fan and student-athlete experience immediately,” Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said in a statement. “Our goal is for Munn Ice Arena to represent a tribute to Michigan State’s rich hockey past and a commitment its future.”