DeltaPlex Arena

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DeltaPlex Arena
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Full name DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center
Former names Grand Rapids Stadium
Stadium Arena
Turner Arena
Location 2500 Turner Ave.
Walker, MI 49544
Coordinates 43°0′31″N 85°40′54″W / 43.00861°N 85.68167°W / 43.00861; -85.68167Coordinates: 43°0′31″N 85°40′54″W / 43.00861°N 85.68167°W / 43.00861; -85.68167
Owner The Langlois family
Capacity Basketball: 5,000
Concerts: 7,000
Construction
Built 1952
Renovated 1998
Tenants
Grand Rapids Rockets (IHL) (1950–1956)
Grand Rapids Owls (IHL) (1977–1980)
Grand Rapids Flight (IBL) (2008)
West Michigan ThunderHawks (IFL) (2010)
Grand Rapids Drive (NBDL) (2014–present)
Website
Venue Website

DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center (formerly Grand Rapids Stadium, Stadium Arena, and Turner Arena) is a 5,000-seat multipurpose arena in Walker, Michigan. It was built in 1952 and since then the DeltaPlex sports, entertainment and convention complex has grown around the arena. The arena is a 23,000 square feet (2,000 m2) space, which has a 52-foot (16 m) ceiling, seats up to 7,000 for concerts and has 1,088 loge seats. It has a 60-by-56-foot portable stage. DeltaPlex Arena is a venue usable for not only sports and concerts but also trade shows, conventions and other events.[1]

History[edit]

The original building was constructed in 1952, and began life as the Stadium Arena. The building had an arched roof design with wooded arch supports instead of steel. The building housed many different tenants including two defunct IHL Hockey teams. The Grand Rapids Rockets in the 1950s and the Grand Rapids Owls in the late 1970s until 1980. During the 1960s and early 1970s it was home to Alantic Mills Department Store. It was also home for a short time to a Drive-In Theater, Known as the Stadium Drive-In Theater. For most of its life it was located at the corner of Turner Ave. and West River Drive. However due to a reconstruction of West River Drive, the parking lot was enlarged and Turner Ave. ended at West River Drive.

In the mid-1990s the building was sold to the Langlois Family. After the purchase an extensive, ground-up restoration and remodeling regimen followed and the newly christened DeltaPlex opened its doors in 1998.[2]

The arena serves as the Grand Rapids chapter of Arena Racing. The DeltaPlex Arena also previously hosted the Grand Rapids Flight of the International Basketball League in 2008. In 2010, it was home to the West Michigan ThunderHawks of the Indoor Football League.

The DeltaPlex is currently home of the Detroit Pistons' NBA Development League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The DeltaPlex Arena & Conference Center deltaplex.com, June 18, 2014
  2. ^ About Us deltaplex.com, June 18, 2014
  3. ^ "NBA D-League Comes to Grand Rapids for 2014-15 Season". NBA Development League. April 15, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2014. 

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