Van Andel Arena

Van Andel Arena
Van Andel Arena® - the $75 million crown jewel of Michigan's second largest and fastest-growing market - has thrust Grand Rapids into the forefront of the entertainment industry.

The 12,000 plus capacity Van Andel Arena is managed by SMG, the leading private management company for public assembly facilities worldwide. The Arena was named in recognition of the largest benefactor, Jay and Betty Van Andel.

Van Andel Arena and Grand Rapids offer the perfect combination of cosmopolitan flair and midwestern hospitality to make any event a success. Since marking its Grand Entrance on October 8, 1996, Van Andel Arena has attracted the biggest names in family shows, concerts and sporting events.  

Acts such as Neil Diamond, Disney On Ice, NCAA Hockey Regional Championships, the AFL Arena Bowl XV game, Detroit Pistons exhibition games and Elton John have demonstrated the Arena’s versatility.


Other event highlights include Kenny Chesney, World Wrestling Entertainment, Eric Clapton, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Man Group, Michael Bublé, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Who, The Eagles, Bob Seger, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Harlem Globetrotters, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Cirque du Soleil.

In addition to extensive entertainment options, Van Andel Arena is quickly carving a niche in the business world as a first-class facility for tradeshows, exhibitions, seminars and conferences.

Below are some of the most memorable moments from the past few years....

Hosted several events in 2006, including 21 concerts, 28 family shows, 62 sporting events and 10 other types of events, such as college graduations.

Ranked 45th in Pollstar Magazine’s 2006 Top 50 Arena Venues of all sizes.

In Billboard/Amusement Business, for Top 10 Arena Venues with 10,001-15,000 seats, the arena ranked 4th in 2006, 6th in 2005, 5th in 2004, 2nd in 2003, 1st in 2002, 2nd in 2001 and 1st in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Received On-the-Town Magazine Gold Townie Award for Favorite Concert Venue in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Played host to an amazing 5 million patrons before its fifth year of operation, consistently boosting the local economy.

Home of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins
Broke the attendance record for NCAA Hockey Regionals with the 2001 NCAA Men's Hockey West Regional Tournament.  The facility successfully hosted the 1997, 2004, 2005 and 2007 NCAA Men’s Hockey Regional Tournaments and was awarded the event again in 2009. 

The arena celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the fall of 2006 with “10 Big Events” – Eric Clapton, Professional Bull Riders, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Community Open House, Celebration on Ice Hosted by Kristi Yamaguchi, Detroit Pistons vs. Minnesota Timberwolves Exhibition Game, Def Leppard & Journey, Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Rochester Americans, Michigan State University vs. Grand Valley State University Men’s Basketball Exhibition Game and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The facility was named Best Concert Venue by Grand Rapids Magazine in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

In April 2007, the arena celebrated the grand opening of Huntington Club, the brand-new lounge located inside the arena. Operated by SAVOR Grand Rapids, Catering by SMG, Huntington Club offers a full menu and premium brand liquors, large TVs and specialized décor, including a 12-foot tall mural featuring the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Grand Rapids Rampage. Huntington Club is open to Van Andel Arena premium seat and suite holders on event nights only.