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Address: 130 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2682
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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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No bad seat! Love the events that come!

My family and I go to events here quite often. If it's a hockey game, Disney on Ice, concert, we have never had a bad seat! The people working the aisles have always been... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Joe M
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I go to events here quite often. If it's a hockey game, Disney on Ice, concert, we have never had a bad seat! The people working the aisles have always been helpful. There are multiple ways to approach the Van Andel so you won't have to worry about parking. Excellent restaurants close by after the events. Food... More 

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Ada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to VanAndel Arena for everything from music concerts, to hockey games to even the PBR event. It's a great arena for just about anything that's happening. Located near so many restaurants and bars, plenty of parking , and hotels for overnight guests. Have fun !

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is outstanding is neat and you will find everything you may want to have a lot of fun with family and friends

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Romeo, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The arena is small so really all of the seats were great. All seats are up the stairs or escalator. Food is overpriced like all Arenas are but it was a fun night!!

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Grandville, MI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Attending Cirque du Soleil was a Christmas present for my wife and me. We really appreciated this experiences as compared with getting more things. The Van Andel arena was an excellent venue for this show. All of the audience sat in the lower bowl and could see what was going on very well. This arena is an asset to the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a relatively new arena, seating about 9,000 for hockey (the Grand Rapids Griffins, Detroit's top farm club, of the AHL). Great parking and access to the Skywalk, which links you to several downtown hotels, including the Courtyard, Marriott, and Amway Grand Plaza. Great sightlines, and on Friday nights, $2 beers and hot dogs!

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Thank Smudgecats
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 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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Thank Mark K
Woodland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

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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