Van Andel Arena
The Van Andel Arena is a 10,834-seat multi-purpose arena, situated in the Heartside district, of Grand Rapids, Michigan. After a $75 million construction effort, the arena opened on October 8, 1996 and since has attracted over five million patrons. It is home to the popular Grand Rapids Griffins ice hockey team, the American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings. It was also the home court of the now defunct Grand Rapids Hoops basketball team, as well as the Grand Rapids Rampage, the city's arena football team. As a concert venue, the Van Andel Arena seats about 12,858 for end-stage shows, and 13,184 for center-stage shows. The arena floor measures 85 by 220 feet (26 × 67 m). The arena features 9,886 permanent seats and 44 luxury suites, with the 16 luxury suites in the upper bowl seating 20, and the lower 24 bowls seating 15, and the others at 18. There are approximately 1,298 retractable seats at Van Andel Arena.

About Van Andel Arena
The original estimated cost to build the arena was at $75 million. The 12,000-seat arena is managed by SMG Property Management. It was in recognition of the largest benefactors, 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 The Who, Kenny Chesney, The Harlem Globetrotters, World Wrestling Entertainment, Disney on Ice, NCAA Hockey Regional Championships, the AFL ArenaBowl XV game, Detroit Pistons & Michigan State University Basketball exhibition games have demonstrated the Arena's versatility. The arena also hosted the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament in 2001, the only time in the event's 16-year history it was played outside of Indianapolis. In addition to extensive entertainment options, Van Andel Arena is quickly carving a niche in the business world as a first-class facility for tradeshows, exhibitions, seminars and conferences.

Significant events
According to the Grand Rapids Press, Van Andel Arena hosted an estimated 12,000 people "in what may have been the biggest free-admission event ever held in the arena," when Barack Obama held a campaign event there on May 14, 2008. At the rally, John Edwards publicly endorsed Obama's campaign for the first time. Heavy metal band Mötley Crüe recorded a live DVD in the arena. The Professional Bull Riders hosted their premier bull riding tour, the Built Ford Tough Series (known as the Bud Light Cup until 2002), each year from 2000 until 2008; its inaugural event in 2000 was noteworthy for being the first ever BFTS tour event where all 15 bull riders were bucked off in the short-go round. Hosted several events in 2009, including 16 concerts, 25 family shows, 53 sporting events and 9 other types of events, such as college graduations. Named #2 top grossing mid-sized venue for the decade in 2009 by Billboard Magazine. Ranked as a top venue in 2010 worldwide mid-year charts in popular industry publications Venues Today (#4 highest grossing mid-sized venue), Billboard (#9 highest grossing mid-sized venue) and Pollstar (#43 highest attendance for venues of all sizes). Named Hall of Headliners Runner Up for Facility Concession Skills in 2009 by Venues Today. Voted Top Live Performance Venue in 2010 and Best Event Facility in 2009 and 2008 by the Grand Rapids Press and readers. Received On-the-Town Magazine Silver Townie Award for Best Live Music Venue in 2008. 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. Operated by SAVOR Grand Rapids, Catering by SMG, The Fifth Third Bank Vault offers a full menu and premium brand liquors, large TVs and specialized décor, including a 12-foot (3.7 m) tall mural featuring the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Fifth Third Bank Vault is open to ticket holders on event nights only. It Was Also Featured On Comedy Central's Nick Swardson's Pretend Time.

Grand River Promenade
The Grand River Promenade, the official name for the skyway, connects the DeVos Place Convention Center and the Van Andel Arena.

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