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Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena receiving multi-million dollar entry plaza makeover

Van Andel Arena plaza entry rendering

Van Andel Arena opened in 1996. As a midmarket venue, it has an industry track record for consistently being one of the busiest for its size. As a 24-year old structure, in heavy use, it’s in need of some improvement.

The Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority and Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority are committing $2.1 million toward what it describes as a “full demolition of the existing plaza and construction of an enhanced public space featuring seating, new trees and landscaping.” That will also include new lighting and a snow-melt system.

Plaza demolition begins in the spring with the new plaza greeting visitors in the fall.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.