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Central Michigan University’s Chippewa Champions Center completes

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Central Michigan University’s Chippewa Champions Center completes

The project was designed in partnership between Populous and GMB Architecture + Engineering.

By David Malone, Managing Editor | August 12, 2021

All photos: Jason Keen

The new Chippewa Champions Center has completed at Central Michigan University’s Kelly/Shorts Stadium.

The 50,000-sf project is a year-round facility that will serve the entirety of Central Michigan University. It includes a 7,000-sf state-of-the-art weight room, nutrition fuel stations, and an expanded sports medicine and rehabilitation facility. Multi-purpose, flexible meeting and academic space  will fill a campus need for meeting and event space.


Chippewa Champions Center VIP lounge


The $30 million facility also includes a 4,200-sf football locker room, a new equipment room, a laundry room, a video operations room, and support operations. The new space will support recruitment for the football program and transform the game day experience at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.


Chippewa Champions Center outdoor boxes


On game days, the 4,000-sf Isabella Bank VIP Club, located directly behind the north end zone, offers both climate-controlled and outdoor patio spaces. Sixteen new loge boxes on the second level offer a premium seating experience, blending a traditional club seat and a private suite experience with two TVs in each box.

The facility also provides non-game day partnership opportunities with space for state-of-the-art training experiences for CMU students enrolled in The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions and the College of Medicine. It will also create real-world opportunities for students in marketing and hospitality, broadcast and cinematic arts, and integrative public relations.


Chippewa Champions Center meeting room


Chippewa Champions Center fitness center


Chippewa Champions Center recovery room


Chippewa Champions Center Locker room


Chippewa Champions Center gathering space

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