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“Motley Crue's final tour”
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.
Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews
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“Motley Crue's final tour”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

Service where you were seated! Didn't have to leave your seat for concessions! the venue is only 15 years old so it was in good shape yet.

Visited July 2014
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Wyoming, Michigan
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92 reviews
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“Good place to see and event.”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

I like the Van Andel Arena because one, its about a 10 minute drive from my house and two, its a good place to see your favorite event. Good seats all around and plenty of access for restrooms and the concessions.

Visited August 2013
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Cedar, Michigan
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47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great acoustics!”
Reviewed June 17, 2014

Love Van Andel Arena. I have seen the same shows all over Michigan. Never sounds better than Van Andel. The stairs are steap. Would always like more leg room, especially when people get up and down

Visited February 2014
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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191 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Friendly Fans Enjoying Exciting Hockey”
Reviewed May 16, 2014

Attended two Griffins playoff hockey games. The arena architecture is impressive inside & out, and its location in downtown affords access to several pre- and post-game dining/drinking options. Plenty of affordable parking on the city lot behind the arena, with easy access from/to the highway. Arena concessions are varied & competitively priced. The home fans were friendly & respectful, as were the arena staff members, and I was impressed by the "hockey knowledge" of the crowds. Arena acoustics are good, as are most sightlines, and the intermission T-shirt tossing & shooting (the latter by a special "Gatling gun") featured the highest volume of giveaways that I've encountered at the 30+ hockey arenas I've visited.

Visited May 2014
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Manistee, Michigan, United States
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9 reviews
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“nice venue!”
Reviewed May 1, 2014

I've been on the floor, seats and in the suites and it's a very nice venue for sports and concerts! Clean bathrooms and easy to find with kids.

Visited March 2014
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