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“Perfect size”
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.
Ancaster
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Perfect size”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

Great rink size for an AHL hockey game and the staff were extremely helpful with the catered food quite a surprise

Visited January 2014
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English first
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36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great place for concerts and graduations!”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

I saw the Who here and I also graduated from college here. *tear* Love this place for big crowds. There really isn't a bad seat in the place. Grateful to the Van Andel family for this beautiful facility.

Visited January 2013
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Kentwood
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64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Attended a hockey game”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

A beautiful mid size arena. We went for a hockey game and as far as I could tell, not a bad seat in the house. Food was good ( but expensive as at any arena is ). Very clean and the keep it up well. It would be good to see a concert here.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Tim F
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Jenison, Michigan
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87 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Josh Groban in the round”
Reviewed October 23, 2013

Josh Groban concert in the round was excellent. He was better in person. He was funny and we did not know he could play the drums so well. What a singer just beautiful

Visited October 2013
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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80 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“A great addition to the city!”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

Grand Rapids missed out on most concerts, ice shows, and events until the Van Andel family so generously built this arena... for hockey, but for so much more. Thank you, Van Andel family!! Now we can enjoy sports, music, all kinds of events downtown!! No need to drive to Detroit or Chicago for these events. Always clean and well kept up and a good source of revenue for the city.

Visited November 2012
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