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Address: 130 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2682
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+1 616-742-6600

The Van Andel Arena is a 10,834-seat multi-purpose arena situated in the...

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.

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This is an excellent Arena and Event center in the Heart of Grand Rapids. Get there a little early and get great parking directly behind the Arena. If you have your tickets you... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an excellent Arena and Event center in the Heart of Grand Rapids. Get there a little early and get great parking directly behind the Arena. If you have your tickets you can enter from the back lots you don't need to go around to the front. If this is helpful let me know.

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Woodland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are looking for a fun night out why not try a Griffin's Hockey Game at the Van Andel Arena. Easy parking in the parking ramp right across the street for $12.00 on event nights...some other ramps a little farther away for $8.00. The Van Andel is very easy to find your way around and staff is always friendly... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

Always a great view thanks to the large screens. Sound is amazing. I appreciate the security screening before entering the arena before a concert.

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Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We've seen several shows at Van Andel over the years. The staff is always helpful and friendly, and concessions are always well-staffed. Clean facilities and convenient parking.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Al very large venue with appeal. Experienced The love for the 80's show...lots of room, great sound system too.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

This arena was built as a hockey rink. So, the acoustics aren't the best for enjoying your finer musical notes. Pretty good for a rock concert, though. The place is well maintained, and the beer and eats are decent.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We find ourselves here at least twice a month between hockey games, concerts, and the occasional graduation ceremony. This is an excellent venue and one of the nicer ones I've been in. Seating--I've yet to find a single bad seat in the entire place (I've been switching up my seating location for over seven years). Upper bowl seats are the... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We are Chicago Wolves fans and went to see them play in Grand Rapids. This arena seemed a little nicer (and smaller) than the United Center in Chicago. Located near many restaurants and plenty of free or cheap parking (also better than the United Center). We'd visit again!

Thank Abelard1079
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

This is Grand Rapid's large arena showplace. It seats ~12,000 and we've seen it configured for rock, hockey, and graduations. It handles everything you would expect of a large arena. It's consistently ranked as one of the nation's top 5 mid sized venues. There is good public transit and plenty of parking garages/decks/ramps as well as outdoor lots within a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Have been here several times and enjoyed every time. Nice sized theater, not so big that you feel lost. All seats are great and they have great performances

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