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Junge Family Champions Center named by regents


The Board of Regents on Sept. 23 gave approval to name the new Champions Event Center the "Junge Family Champions Center."

"John (Engineering '64, MBA '67) and Sue (Education '65) Junge are both proud graduates of the University of Michigan and have been exceptional fans of the Michigan Athletic Department," said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Bill Martin. "We are proud to have the Junge name on a facility that will provide a central point for hospitality and will highlight Michigan's outstanding athletic tradition."

"We are proud to have the opportunity to have the Junge family name on a facility that will work for many years in keeping the tradition of Michigan athletics in the forefront," John Junge said. "Having the chance to give back something to our university is a very proud moment for the entire Junge family." The Junges have three sons: Paul, Kurt and Jeff (LSA '93).

The Junge family has committed more than $2 million to the state-of-the-art facility. The Champions Center will be 11,000 square feet and will be located between the tunnels from Michigan Stadium and Crisler Arena. One level will have a pre-function reception area, meeting room, large banquet area, restrooms and pantry-kitchen. The primary use will be as a gathering point for prospective student-athletes on game days. On top will be a plaza area for graduate letter winners and other groups.

"A highlight to this multi-functional facility will be the flexibility that we can now use with state of the art technology," Martin said. "Even though the tradition of the athletic department will be the mainstay of the facility, the technology will allow the facility patrons to highlight specific teams and groups with their message at the Junge Family Champions Center."

Construction is expected to begin immediately after the 2004 home football schedule concludes in early November. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2005.

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