As we kick off another year of Michigan Athletics, we wanted to know -- what do University of Michigan student-athletes value most? Together with the Office of Student-Athlete Alumni Engagement, MGoBlue.com surveyed current and former student-athletes and asked them for their direct input. Starting on Monday (Sept. 1), MGoBlue.com will release the 10 most important values, with one being highlighted each weekday through Friday, Sept. 12. Join in the conversation on Twitter using #MyMichigan.
Wednesday, Sept. 3 -- Facilities
A large portion of our student-athletes' time is spent inside world-class academic and athletic facilities. Michigan Athletics is dedicated to providing its student-athletes with the best experience possible and strives to ensure that future generations of Michigan Wolverines will have the best facilities in the country.
The facilities available to athletes at Michigan are phenomenal. Every stadium or arena has a unique history, and as the athletic department evolves, facilities are upgraded or added that enhance the experience, both athletically and academically. Whether it's where you compete, train, get treatment for injuries or study for exams, the facilities at Michigan are top-notch.
Men's Soccer // 2005-08
The facilities we have are unlike any other. It's a blessing that the University can provide us with the best facilities to help us perform at the highest level. It's an amazing feeling when you go to practice or workouts and the facilities make you feel like you're at home. I think I can speak for every student-athlete when I say that we're all extremely thankful for everything the University provides us with.
Softball // Junior
When I came here, the facilities weren't even finished yet. The plan for Crisler Center and the William Davidson Player Development Center was amazing, really. We saw the vision that they saw. As a freshman, it was great to get here and see everything as new. It was wonderful.
Men's Basketball // Junior
Being a part of the Student Ambassador Program has really exposed me to the importance of facilities and gaining the resources to create the facilities that we have. They don't just spring out of nowhere. They come from donations from alumni who give back to Michigan because they feel it's something worth giving back to. In exchange for the experience that they had when they were at Michigan, they contribute to the experience of current student-athletes by helping build these facilities. We have the best facilities in our conference, if not the nation.
Women's Tennis // Senior
As a field hockey player, the brand new facility that has been built for our team exemplifies the tremendous support that we get from the athletic department. Having one of the top facilities in the nation means that we get to showcase our sport on the biggest stage and represent Michigan Athletics in the best way possible.
Field Hockey // Graduate Student
The facilities at Michigan are really amazing. Being a school in the North, we end up spending a lot more time practicing inside than out during the winter. It's not so bad when you get to practice at one of the best indoor buildings in the country. We turn something that is supposed to be a disadvantage for us -- the weather -- and are able to make it a level playing field.
Men's Golf // Junior
This resonates with me because my freshman year, we practiced on the outfield of the baseball field. We did not have a home. When our stadium was built in 2009, we finally had a home, a place to build our culture.
Women's Soccer // 2008-12
Michigan is known to be the Leaders and Best, and this couldn't be truer for our facilities. The Bahna Wrestling Center is one of the best training areas in the country, and we always improve it each year to stay that step ahead.