Van Andel Arena
|Van Andel Arena|
|Location||130 West Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
|Broke ground||February 8, 1995|
|Opened||October 8, 1996|
|Owner||Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority|
|Construction cost||$77 million
($115 million in 2013 dollars)
|Structural engineer||McClurg & Associates, Inc.|
|Services engineer||URS Greiner, Inc.|
|General contractor||Hunt/Erhardt Joint Venture|
|Capacity||Ice Hockey: 10,834
Arena Football: 10,618
|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.
The original estimated cost to build the arena was at $75 million.
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 fourth-largest arena in Michigan, as well as West Michigan's largest. Only the Palace of Auburn Hills, Joe Louis Arena, both in Metro Detroit, and the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing are larger.
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. At the rally, John Edwards publicly endorsed Obama's campaign for the first time.
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.
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.