Van Andel Arena

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Van Andel Arena
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Location 130 West Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Coordinates 42°57′44″N 85°40′19″W / 42.96222°N 85.67194°W / 42.96222; -85.67194Coordinates: 42°57′44″N 85°40′19″W / 42.96222°N 85.67194°W / 42.96222; -85.67194
Owner Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority
Operator SMG
Capacity Ice Hockey: 10,834
Arena Football: 10,618
Basketball: 11,500
Concerts: 13,184
Construction
Broke ground February 8, 1995[1]
Opened October 8, 1996
Construction cost $77 million
($116 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Rossetti Architects[3]
Structural engineer McClurg & Associates, Inc.[3]
Services engineer URS Greiner, Inc./Henderson[3]
General contractor Hunt/Erhardt Joint Venture[3]
Tenants
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) (1996–present)
Grand Rapids Rampage (AFL) (1998–2008)
Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA) (1996–2001)

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. It was also the home court of the now defunct Grand Rapids Hoops basketball team, as well as the now defunct Grand Rapids Rampage, the city's arena football team.

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 m × 67 m). The arena features 9,886 permanent seats, which 1,800 of them are club 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.

Background[edit]

The original estimated cost to build the arena was at $75 million.

The 12,000-seat arena is managed by SMG Property Management. It was named in recognition of the largest benefactors, Jay and Betty Van Andel.

It as been hosts to acts such as Phil Collins, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Roger Waters, The Who, Kiss, Rush, Kenny Chesney, The Harlem Globetrotters, World Wrestling Entertainment, Disney on Ice, NCAA Hockey Regional Championships, the AFL ArenaBowl XV game, and basketball exhibition games for the Detroit Pistons, Michigan State University Basketball & Grand Valley State University.

It is the fifth-largest arena in Michigan, as well as West Michigan's largest. Only the Palace of Auburn Hills, Joe Louis Arena, both in Metro Detroit, the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, and the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are larger.

Significant events[edit]

According to the Grand Rapids Press, Van Andel Arena hosted an estimated 12,000 people "in what may have been the biggest free-admission event ever held in the arena," when Barack Obama held a campaign event there on May 14, 2008.[4] At the rally, John Edwards publicly endorsed Obama's campaign for the first time.[5]

The first musical act to perform in the arena was Rush on October 23, 1996 during their Test for Echo tour.

Heavy metal band Mötley Crüe recorded a live DVD in the arena, during their Carnival of Sins tour.

System of a Down featured the arena in their music video for the song "Hypnotize", as the video was filmed during the concert.

R&B singing group Boyz II Men performed there in 1998.

The Professional Bull Riders hosted their premier bull riding tour, the Built Ford Tough Series (known as the Bud Light Cup until 2002), each year from 2000 until 2008; its inaugural event in 2000 was noteworthy for being the first ever BFTS tour event where all 15 bull riders were bucked off in the short-go round.

The arena was named #2 top grossing mid-sized venue for the decade in 2009 by Billboard Magazine. It ranked as a top venue in 2010 worldwide mid-year charts in popular industry publications Venues Today (#4 highest grossing mid-sized venue), Billboard (#9 highest grossing mid-sized venue) and Pollstar (#43 highest attendance for venues of all sizes). It was named Hall of Headliners Runner Up for Facility Concession Skills in 2009 by Venues Today. Voted Top Live Performance Venue in 2010 and Best Event Facility in 2009 and 2008 by The Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com readers. It received On-the-Town magazine Silver Townie Award for Best Live Music Venue in 2008.

The arena hosted the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in 2001, the only time in the event's 16-year history it was played outside of Indianapolis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About Us". Grand Action. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d "1997 AIA Michigan Design Honor Award". American Institute of Architects in Michigan. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Seen and Heard: Obama Visits Grand Rapids". The Grand Rapids Press. May 14, 2008. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 
  5. ^ Shellenbarger, Pat (May 14, 2008). "Obama Gets Edwards Endorsement". The Grand Rapids Press. Retrieved June 10, 2014. 

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