GRAND RAPIDS, MI (June 2, 2022) – The Grand Rapids Gold, the NBA G League affiliate of the Denver Nuggets, announced today that its regular season games for the next five seasons will be played at Van Andel Arena. Van Andel Arena is a 12,000-plus seat arena located in downtown Grand Rapids.
“Our goal has always been to provide an elite level of basketball to the West Michigan community,” noted Steve Jbara, president of the Grand Rapids Gold. “This move further solidifies our efforts to elevate all aspects of our fan experience, and we’re looking forward to calling Van Andel Arena home for future seasons.”
Van Andel Arena is in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids and has been the city’s premier entertainment venue since its opening in 1996. The multi-purpose arena is managed by ASM Global, who specializes in creating amazing guest experiences. It is the Must Play Destination in Michigan’s fast-growing market for concerts, family shows, comedy, and sporting events, and is home to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Grand Rapids Gold to our facility this upcoming season,” said Richard MacKeigan, ASM Global Regional General Manager for Van Andel Arena. “We look forward to working with the staff, players, and the entire team at the Gold to bring exciting basketball to the line-up at Van Andel Arena.”
“We strive to offer a variety of events for the whole community to enjoy,” said Rick Winn, Chairman of the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority. “The Gold will be an excellent addition to the diverse programming that we offer and we know that West Michigan will jump at the opportunity to come out and cheer them on.”
The Grand Rapids Gold are currently selling 2022-23 NBA G League season tickets. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 844-9GR-GOLD or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For media-related inquiries and interview requests, contact Madison Holmes at email@example.com or 616-536-1400. For more information on the Grand Rapids Gold, visit www.nbagrandrapids.com.
About the NBA G League
The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring a total of 29 teams with 28 teams having direct affiliations with NBA franchises ahead of the 2020-21 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family friendly atmosphere. A record 45% of all NBA players at the start of the 2020-21 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.
About the Grand Rapids Gold
The Grand Rapids Gold are a member of the NBA G League and affiliated with the Denver Nuggets. The organization is committed to providing an elite level of basketball to the West Michigan community, while also investing in and contributing to the West Michigan community. The team is owned by SSJ Group LLC. For more information about the organization, visit www.nbagrandrapids.com and follow the team on its social media channels.
About ASM Global
Van Andel Arena, DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall are managed by ASM Global. ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management—delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 350 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention, and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. asmglobal.com
About the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority
The Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) is the seven-member board that administers DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena. The CAA was established on March 29, 2000 by the City of Grand Rapids and County of Kent under the Convention Facility Authority Act, Act 203 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1999.