Great Lakes Cup Drone Racing Championship & Expo

Event Times:
Sat, Sep 23, 2017
9:00 AM
3 Day Pass: $65 Adults, $30 for Children (2-12); Single Day Passes: $25 Adults, $10 Children (2-12)Purchase Tickets
Sun, Sep 24, 2017
9:00 AM
3 Day Pass: $65 Adults, $30 for Children (2-12); Single Day Passes: $25 Adults, $10 Children (2-12)Purchase Tickets
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Great Lakes Drone Company is excited to announce the collaboration with Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI to bring the first Great Lakes Cup Drone Racing Championship this September 22-24. This event will be coordinated with FPV Racing Events out of Toronto, CA who is handling race sanctioning and management with MultiGP and the Academy of Model Aeronautics. This event will have a $10,000.00 total purse for its champions making it one of the top 10 races in the United States drone racing world.


IMPORTANT details to note for the race at Van Andel Arena September 22 - 24th:

  • FPB goggles will be allowed inside arena
  • ALL tickets are general admission
  • Patrons will be wristbanded upon entry to allow for exit and re-entry throughout each event day
  • There will be a LIVE drone light show in coordination with ArtPrize 9 above the downtown Grand Rapids skyline Wednesday night, Friday night and Saturday night at dusk
  • Live music performances throughought the weekend 
  • Saturday will feature a celebrity drone race featuring some of your favorite local celebrities!


For a complete schedule of events CLICK HERE


Drone Racing is a new high speed competitive racing sport. Skilled pilots fly quad-copter drones through three-dimensional courses at speeds up to 80mph. The drones are usually custom built for speed, agility, and performance. Pilots steer from the point of view of the drone by wearing First Person View (FPV) goggles that display a live image transmitted by an onboard camera. Flying a drone competitively at high speed in FPV is an intense, immersive experience.


MultiGP currently has over 12,000 registered racers across 869 chapters internationally. Michigan alone makes up for over 300 registered racers between 11 chapters. Drone racing is becoming the fastest growing sport across the nation. This sport is unique as it draws from skill in flying the drone, mechanical and electrical ingenuity along with audio/visual expertise to successfully compete in this platform. The ability to bring such a diverse range of competitors and spectators to one event is an amazing opportunity. Vendors from the drone racing community, along with many other UAV (Unmanned Aerial Systems) vendors will be on hand to allow the spectators to learn, experience, and become involved in this new multi-billion dollar UAV industry.


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Tickets will be available online at, the Van Andel Arena & DeVos Place box office and charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.Ticket prices are subject to change. Event is general admission seating, in the upper bowl only. Children under 2 are free, children's priced tickets available for ages 2-12. 



Ticket Prices:

3 Day Pass:

$65 for Adults

$30 for Children (ages 2-12)

Single Day Pass:


$25 for Adults

$10 for Children (ages 2-12)


$25 for Adults

$10 for Children (ages 2-12)


$25 for Adults

$10 for Children (ages 2-12)


Participant and Spectator ticket fees from the original July dates may be refunded without penalty at point of purchase. All previously purchased tickets for July will be honored in September.