MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) – The Central Michigan University board of trustees yesterday approved a $20.3 million project to renovate and expand Rose Center, site of its basketball games and other sports and cultural events.

The work would include “significant enhancements in seating, restrooms, concessions, accessibility, service and comfort, the university said in a news release. It said total seating would remain about 5,200.

The trustees also approved a fundraising campaign for the project, with the intent that it be entirely financed with donations. About $2.5 million has been pledged so far.

The school said it hopes to start construction in spring 2009 and finish by summer 2010. It said games will be played elsewhere during the work.

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