NO BAGS permitted inside the arena. Small clutches 4.5"x6.5"x2" and bags for medical/parenting needs allowed.
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Welcome to Van Andel Arena


Located in one of America’s hottest cities, Van Andel Arena is a 12,000 plus capacity arena managed by ASM Global, a venue management powerhouse that spans five continents, 14 countries and more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibit centers, and performing arts venues. Van Andel Arena has been a catalyst for live entertainment development in the greater Grand Rapids area since its opening in 1996. Van Andel Arena provides enhanced event programming and opportunities for the City and State.

Van Andel Arena is home to the AHL team, the Grand Rapids Griffins, the NBA G League team, the Grand Rapids Gold as well as the Pro Volleyball Federation's West Michigan Pro Volleyball team.

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.


Van Andel Arena opened in 1996 with great anticipation from the West Michigan community. We strive to bring diverse entertainment to our community so that everyone will be able to enjoy our venue for many years to come!

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Van Andel Arena offers a variety of upcoming events and is ready to welcome you through the doors. In order to ensure you have the best possible experience be sure to explore the information below as well as all the policies listed on our FAQs page.

When you enter the arena be prepared for passing through a security screening process complete with metal detectors and note that we have adopted a NO BAGS policy. Note small clutches no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" x 2" and medical bags/bags required for parenting needs will be permitted. When passing through the metal detectors please leave all items in your pockets and leave jackets/coats on. For more information regarding the venue policies check out our FAQs page. Note that some events may list additional policies on the event webpage.

To ensure a contactless visit when attending an event at Van Andel Arena, mobile ticketing is preferred and new contactless ticket scanners have been installed. Have your tickets pulled up and ready to scan on your mobile device before approaching ticket scanners and have your entire group present when scanning multiple tickets. Touchless fixtures have been installed throughout the venue to create an easy and touch free environment. Hand sanitizing stations are installed throughout the facility for your use.

The food & beverage provider, Savor, has partnered with DoorDash to offer mobile ordering for your concession needs! A select menu is currently available for mobile ordering and is only available at select locations. Skip the lines and order straight from your phone! For more information on how you can use DoorDash at the next Van Andel Arena event click here. Please note that cashless transactions are required for all concessions purchases and you will need to show a valid government issued photo ID to pay with a credit/debit card. All concession locations now accept Google Pay, Apple Pay and PayPal.

Van Andel Arena has implemented increased air filtration including bipolar ionization equipment. Rest assured that when you enter the venue you will experience the highest level of cleanliness and the best in customer service. VenueShield, a comprehensive and best-in-class environmental hygiene program, has been implemented at Van Andel Arena. For more information regarding VenueShield click here.

We can't wait to see you at the next sporting event, concert, family show or whatever brings you here. Make sure to stay up-to-date on all upcoming events, special offers and more by downloading our FREE mobile app and joining our VIP Email list. Click here to see a full list of upcoming events.

Van Andel Arena has worked diligently to provide you the best experience; implementing VenueShield, making upgrades and enhancements to the arena and developing new protocols to promote the safety of our guests, entertainers and staff.

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