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“Great venue for Concerts and Sporting Events”
Review of Van Andel Arena

Van Andel Arena
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Owner description: The Van Andel Arena is a 10,834-seat multi-purpose arena situated in the Heartside district of Grand Rapids, Michigan. After a $75 million construction effort, the arena opened on October 8, 1996 and since has attracted over five million patrons. It is home to the popular Grand Rapids Griffins ice hockey team, the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings.As a concert venue, the Van Andel Arena seats about 12,858 for end-stage shows, and 13,184 for center-stage shows. The arena floor measures 85 by 220 feet (26 × 67 m). The arena features 9,886 permanent seats and 44 luxury suites, with the 16 luxury suites in the upper bowl seating 20, and the lower 24 bowls seating 15, and the others at 18. There are approximately 1,298 retractable seats at Van Andel Arena.
Douglas, Michigan
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Great venue for Concerts and Sporting Events”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

The Van Andel is a great small-marker arena. Home of the GR Griffins hockey club and many concerts throughout the year. Plenty of parking and good restaurans and bars in the neighborhood.

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Fort Erie, Canada
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7 reviews
“Indoor fireworks New Year's Eve”
Reviewed January 2, 2013

Wonderful arena to see the Griffins play. Very lively and fun! Beautiful venue! Spectacular fireworks display after hockey game indoors! Staff are high energy!

Visited December 2012
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Wanatah, IN
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54 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“One of the best venues in the area!”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Convenient location for fabulous concerts. Great accoustics. Great crowd control. Especially nice when staying at the Courtyard and can use the walkway to go back to the room (no need to worry about parking or driving after a late night).

Visited November 2012
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Melbourne, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Place”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

I have been to the arena several times for Griffins games and concerts. Staff is great, seats offer a good view from everywhere in the arena. Promotions are great too - can't beat dollar beer and dollar dogs on Friday nights! Very conveniently located for hotel and nightlife access after an event.

Visited December 2012
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Traverse City, Michigan
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Awesome Place for entertainment!”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

We are so lucky to have this place in Mid Michigan!!! It's nice not to have to drive down to Detroit!! They also have well trained staff. Location is perfect! Many bars, pubs, and restaurants with in walking distance!

Visited November 2012
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