Calling all hockey fans! Gear up to cheer for the Grand Rapids Griffins, a development affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. This powerhouse team boasts a rich history, sending over 200 players to the NHL and claiming two league championships.

Looking for an electrifying date night, a memorable family adventure, or a way to beat the winter blues? Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about the team, schedule, arena, and more. Get ready for an unforgettable hockey experience!

Grand Rapids Griffins

The Grand Rapids Griffins, an American Hockey League affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, play each year during a seven-month long season.

Photo by Courtesy of the Grand Rapids Griffins

What’s Coming up - Season Schedule

The Grand Rapids Griffins offer an electrifying atmosphere from October to April, making every game night a potential highlight. 

Catch a "Winning Wednesday" where a home victory earns everyone in attendance a free ticket to the next Wednesday's game, essentially doubling your Griffins fix! Beyond the exciting competition, the schedule is packed with special offers on food and drinks, themed nights that encourage creative fan attire, and dedicated nights to show appreciation for the loyal Griffins fanbase. 

Team Roster

Catch the excitement of rising stars with the Grand Rapids Griffins! This talented team boasts players like Jonatan Berggren, a young Swedish forward who dominated his third season with the Griffins, leading in both goals and assists. Goalie Sebastian Cossa, named AHL player of the week in February 2024, is another rising star to watch.

The Griffins organization has a rich history of developing future NHL players. Back in 2008, nine former Griffins celebrated a Stanley Cup victory with the Detroit Red Wings. So, you might be witnessing the next generation of hockey greats. And keep an eye on the coaches too! Three former Griffins head coaches have gone on to successful NHL careers.

Griffins Game at the Van Andel Arena in Downtown Grand Rapids. Ideology shoot for Feeling Good Video.

Griffins Game at the Van Andel Arena in Downtown Grand Rapids. Ideology shoot for Feeling Good Video.

Photo by Brian Kelly for Experience GR

Cheer on the Griffins - Buy Tickets

Whenever you feel like catching a Grand Rapids Griffins game, buy tickets online or at the arena. Thanks to affordable prices, you can bring the kids along or become a season regular – full-season memberships and 10- or 20-game plans are available on the Grand Rapids Griffins site. Don’t forget to take advantage of student discounts on Fridays and group discounts, too! 

More About Van Andel Arena

The Grand Rapids Griffins' home arena, open since 1996, offers an exciting atmosphere, over 10,000 seats, and plenty of food and beverage vendors. 

Since the arena recently partnered with DoorDash, ordering food while watching the game is more convenient than ever before. Instead of waiting in line for snacks, you can order through DoorDash on your phone. All you have to do is open the app and click on Van Andel Arena, then browse your favorite concession stands (like Iona Grill, Pizza Stand, or the Dessert Stand) and get a text when your order is ready for pick up.

Van Andel Arena - Front of Building, 2021

Van Andel Arena is conveniently located near a multitude of places to stay, eat, and have fun.

Photo by Kara Murphy for Experience GR

Attractions, Hotels & Restaurants Nearby 

Turn your Grand Rapids Griffins game into a memorable weekend getaway! With plenty of hotels, restaurants, and attractions near Van Andel Arena (home of the Griffins), you can easily plan a fun-filled stay.

Choose from 13 hotels, all within walking distance of the arena. There's no need to worry about traffic after the game! With tons of bars and restaurants nearby, you can find the perfect spot for post-game drinks and delicious meals. Fill up the rest of your time here at local attractions, including Rosa Parks Circle, Grand Rapids Children's Museum, The Blue Bridge, and the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

Start planning your trip to Grand Rapids today to cheer on the Griffins and so much more!