Van Andel Arena
The $75 million crown jewel of
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
as Neil Diamond, Disney On Ice, NCAA Hockey Regional Championships, the AFL
Arena Bowl XV game, Detroit Pistons exhibition games and Elton John have
demonstrated the Arena's versatility.
Other event highlights include Kenny Chesney, World Wrestling Entertainment, Eric Clapton, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Man Group, Michael BublÃ©, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Who, The Eagles, Bob Seger, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Harlem Globetrotters, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Cirque du Soleil.
In addition to extensive entertainment options, Van Andel Arena is quickly carving a niche in the business world as a first-class facility for tradeshows, exhibitions, seminars and conferences.
Great place to see a show. Easy entry to the building, clean restrooms, and helpful staff. Parking can be quite a challenge. There are several parking lots that open for events and a large ramp right across the street, however it can take a solid 30 to 45 minutes to get to or into any of them because of all of the traffic congestion. The facility itself always has great staff to help direct you and find your seats. The seats are comfortable and not too tight.
Curtis R. Burdette
After 20 years, Van Andel Arena has proven to be a major asset in the rebirth and growth of downtown Grand Rapids. The food and beverage options are great. The staff is very helpful from ticket agents to vendors to security. They seem to do a great job with the volunteers as well. There's friendly service everywhere you go and outstanding crowd management. I also feel welcome and safe even when there are large crowds. Great work!
I cannot give a positive experience about our first visit to Griffin's Hockey. 1. The gates do not open 90 minutes before game time as was found on the website. 2. There is no one assisting people as they try to enter the arena. There are multiple lines, some inside and some outside, but there is no one in sight to ask how to get in and where the line ends. If it is your first time to the arena, this can be frustrating figuring out where to go. 3. The seating was terrible. We were seated in section 114, row G. There was absolutely no leg room. These were also expensive seats. Many places warn you that a seat is in a challenging area and I am surprised that there was no warning when we purchased these seats. For those people sitting in that section, if you are over 6 foot tall and not on the aisle, you won't fit. 4. The lines for food were long, yet many of the concessions areas were not open.
DONT sit in the upper deck if you are claustrophobic or aren't the size of a 12yr old kid. The seats are TINY! Other than that, there are some good shows here. Great bars all around it. Typical stadium concession pricing.
Very clean, nice place. Most of the customers are nice. Staff seemed friendly. Was safe and event went without issues. Rows are too close together, have to stand up every time a parent had to take their kid to the bathroom.