About Us

Van Andel Arena, the Must Play Destination in Michigan's fastest-growing market, has thrust Grand Rapids into the forefront of the entertainment industry.

The 12,000 plus capacity Van Andel Arena is managed by SMG, the leading private management company for public assembly facilities worldwide. 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.

Acts such as Neil Diamond, Disney On Ice, NCAA Hockey Regional Championships, the AFL Arena Bowl XV game, Detroit Pistons exhibition games, Paul McCartney and Elton John have demonstrated the Arena’s versatility.

Other event highlights include Kenny Chesney, World Wrestling Entertainment, Eric Clapton, Barenaked Ladies, Blue Man Group, Michael Bublé, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Who, The Eagles, Bob Seger, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Harlem Globetrotters, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Kid Rock, Taylor Swift and Cirque du Soleil.

Below are some of the most memorable moments from the past few years.

Recent Industry Rankings and Honors

  • Venues Today ranked Van Andel Arena as #4 in North America and #11 worldwide on their Top Stops list for venues with a capacity between 10,001 and 15,000 in 2016, and the arena also appeared at #5 among venues of the same capacity range on the magazine's Social Media Power Poll which ranks venues by their social media presence.

  • Pollstar Magazine ranked Van Andel Arena #35 among arena venues of all sizes in the United States and #69 worldwide on Pollstar's list of Top 200 Arena Venues in 2016.

  • Van Andel Arena came in at #3 on Billboard's Boxscore rankings for venues in North America with a capacity between 10,001 and 15,000 in 2016. The arena was #8 worldwide.

  • Van Andel Arena ranked in Billboard Magazine as the second highest grossing venue with a 10,001-15,000 seating capacity for the 2000-2009 decade worldwide.
  • Regional General Manager Richard MacKeigan was named one of 10 Top Arena Managers in Billboard Magazine for arenas of our size in September 24, 2016 issue, and was named the Venues Today "Hall of Headlines" winner for 2016 in the Bookings category.

Event Highlights

  • Hosted several events in 2016, including 31 concerts, 34 family shows, 44 sporting events and 8 other types of events, such as college graduations.

  • Home of the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, the 2013 and 2017 Calder Cup Champions.
  • The arena celebrated its 20th Anniversary in 2016, with 20 big events, The "I Love the 90s" Concert, a public Halloween Open House and a charity dinner.
  • Garth Brooks set the venue record for most tickets sold for a single engagement with 6 shows over 4 days May 12-15, 2016.
  • Paul McCartney broke the venue record for highest gross ticket sales for a single event on August 15, 2016.

  • Kanye West brought in the heaviest production the venue has ever seen on September 27, 2016, at over 200,000 pounds.

  • The Arena broke the attendance record for NCAA Hockey Regionals with the 2001 NCAA Men's Hockey West Regional Tournament. The facility successfully hosted the 1997, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2013 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Regional Tournaments.
  • The Arena played host to an amazing 5 million patrons before its fifth year of operation, and 10 million by May 2008, consistently boosting the local economy.

  • The Arena celebrated its 10th Anniversary in the fall of 2006 with “10 Big Events” and a public community open house.

Local Awards and Honors

  • The Grand Rapids Business Journal named Regional General Manager Richard MacKeigan a 2016 "Newsmakers" finalist.
  • Van Andel Arena was named as a "Game Changer" in 2010 by the Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance in the inaugural year of the Downtown Awards. The Alliance created the awards to celebrate the individuals and businesses making investments downtown.

  • Voted Top Live Performance Venue in 2010 and Best Event Facility in 2009 and 2008 by the Grand Rapids Press and MLive.com readers.
  • Received On-the-Town Magazine Silver Townie Award for Best Live Music Venue in 2008.

  • Named Best Concert Venue by Grand Rapids Magazine in 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Facility Upgrades

  • In April 2007, the arena celebrated the grand opening of Huntington Club, the brand-new lounge located inside the arena. In the fall of 2010, the arena re-launched the lounge as the Fifth Third Bank Vault, and in 2013, the area became known as The Intermission Restaurant & Bar. Operated by SAVOR Grand Rapids, Catering by SMG, The Intermission offers a full menu and premium brand liquors, large TVs and specialized décor, including a 12-foot tall mural featuring past performers as well as the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Intermission is open to ticket holders on event nights only.

  • Van Andel Arena intruduced new widescreen video board in the fall of 2013, which is approximately 698 square feet (15.6’ x 44.72’) and displays advanced viewing angles with 3-in-1 LED pixels for a high quality picture regardless of where you are in the arena. It is capable of displaying both high definition and standard definition video that can be divided across the screen, allowing for multiple frames to be displayed simultaneously.

  • The $1.2 million concourse expansion project provides an additional 3,500 square feet of concourse space starting in the fall of 2010. The new area has been named “Amway Section A” and features two new concession stands and a fun view of the downtown area from spacious windows on the west side of the arena.

  • Debuted the state-of-the-art LED Ribbonboard encircling the bowl of the arena on the facade of the upper deck at the Griffins season opener on October 8, 2010 for fan enhancement.

 Van Andel Arena is a member of the Better Business Bureau