Spark43 Architects

South Competition & Performance Project

University of Michigan

Year Completed


Project Type

New Construction


Ann Arbor, MI


John Whitten: Senior Sports Planner, Lead Design Architect and Project Manager for Sink Combs Dethlefs

Architect of Record

TMP Associates

The University of Michigan has over 900 student athletes. 500 of those athletes competing in Olympic sports will utilize the recently opened South Competition and Performance Project. Among the amenities for student athletes are dedicated team locker rooms, film rooms, athletic medicine, strength conditioning, hydro-therapy, nutrition and coaches’ offices.

Competition venues include a 2,000-seat indoor track capable of hosting the NCAA Indoor Conference and National Championships meets. After several seasons of floating around other venues, the Lacrosse teams have their own dedicated stadium capable of holding 2,500 spectators and in its inaugural season hosted the Men’s Big Ten Lacrosse Tournament. Finally, an 400M outdoor track capable of hosting elite competitions after decades without being able to do so at Ferry Field. The track stadium also includes a dedicated throwing field to move inherently dangerous events like the Hammer throw away from the running events.

Project Highlights

  • 3,500 seat 200M Hydraulically Banked Indoor Track Facility
  • Indoor Powered Rowing Tank
  • Erg room
  • 2,000 Seat Lacrosse Stadium
  • 1,200 Seat Outdoor 400M Track Stadium
  • 44 Rack Weight Room with Plyometrics, Agility Field and
  • Cardio Balcony.
  • Athletic Medicine, Hydrotherapy, and Sports Nutrition
  • Locker room and training space for 500 of the 900 UofM Student Athletes