Van Andel Arena
Van Andel Arena® - the Must Play Destination of Michigan's second largest and fastest-growing market - has thrust Grand Rapids into the forefront of the entertainment industry.
The 12,000 plus capacity Van Andel Arena is managed by SMG, the leading private management company for public assembly facilities worldwide. The Arena was named in recognition of the largest benefactor, Jay and Betty Van Andel.
Van Andel Arena and Grand Rapids offer the perfect combination of cosmopolitan flair and midwestern hospitality to make any event a success. Since marking its Grand Entrance on October 8, 1996, Van Andel Arena has attracted the biggest names in family shows, concerts and sporting events.
Please enjoy this video designed to highlight the many events and attractions that the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) have supported recently that demonstrates their ongoing commitment to our multi-cultural communities.
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Van Andel Arena Recognitions:
Billboard Magazine ranked Van Andel Arena as the sixth highest grossing arena worldwide with a 10,001-15,000 seating capacity. The top five venues ranked are all overseas, making Van Andel Arena the No. 1 venue in North America. The rankings came from gross figures compiled between November 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011.
Van Andel Arena placed number 55 worldwide on Pollstar Magazine's Top 100 Arena Venues of all sizes in the July 18, 2011 issue. This ranking is based on an attendance as reported to Pollstar for shows played between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011.
Ranked as a top venue in 2010 worldwide mid-year charts in popular industry publications Venues Today (#4 highest grossing mid-sized venue), Billboard (#9 highest grossing mid-sized venue) and Pollstar (#43 highest attendance for venues of all sizes).
Named as a "Game Changer" in 2010 by the Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance in the inaugural year of the Downtown Awards. The Alliance created the awards to celebrate the individuals and businesses making investments downtown.
Voted Top Live Performance Venue in 2010 and Best Event Facility in 2009 and 2008 by the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com readers.
In April 2007, the arena celebrated the grand opening of Huntington Club, the brand-new lounge located inside the arena. In the fall of 2010, the arena re-launched the lounge as the Fifth Third Bank Vault. Operated by SAVOR Grand Rapids, Catering by SMG, The Fifth Third Bank Vault offers a full menu and premium brand liquors, large TVs and specialized décor, including a 12-foot tall mural featuring the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Fifth Third Bank Vault is open to ticket holders on event nights only.
The $1.2 million concourse expansion project provides an additional 3,500 square feet of concourse space starting in the fall of 2010. The new area has been named "Amway Section A" and features two new concession stands and a fun view of the downtown area from spacious windows on the west side of the arena.
Debuted the state-of-the-art LED Ribbonboard encircling the bowl of the arena on the facade of the upper deck at the Griffins season opener on October 8, 2010 for fan enhancement.
Named #2 top grossing mid-sized venue for the decade in 2009 by Billboard Magazine.
Named Hall of Headliners Runner Up for Facility Concession Skills in 2009 by Venues Today.
Played host to an amazing 5 million patrons before its fifth year of operation, consistently boosting the local economy.
Home of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.
Broke the attendance record for NCAA Hockey Regionals with the 2001 NCAA Men's Hockey West Regional Tournament. The facility successfully hosted the 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009 NCAA Men's Hockey Regional Tournaments.
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