Located in one of America’s hottest cities, Van Andel Arena is a 12,000 plus capacity arena managed by SMG, one of the leading private management companies for public assembly facilities worldwide. Van Andel Arena has been a catalyst for live entertainment development in the greater Grand Rapids area since its opening in 1996. Home of the AHL hockey team, The Grand Rapids Griffins, Van Andel Arena provides enhanced event programming and opportunities for the City and State.
Van Andel Arena is the Must Play Destination in Michigan's fastest-growing market, and has thrust Grand Rapids into the forefront of the entertainment industry. 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, including events such as Neil Diamond, Disney On Ice, NCAA Hockey Regional Championships, the AFL Arena Bowl XV game, Detroit Pistons & Michigan State University basketball exhibition games, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Metallica, Bob Seger, P!NK, Justin Timberlake and more!
Other event highlights include over 15 Kenny Chesney dates, WWE, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Man Group, Michael Buble, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Who, The Eagles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Harlem Globetrotters, Kid Rock, Taylor Swift, Cirque du Soleil, Kayne West, Jeff Dunham and more!
Van Andel Arena is a member of the Better Business Bureau.