Van Andel Arena

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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.

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President Donald Trump's re-election campaign has announced he's holding a rally in Michigan at the end of the month.

The announcement came shortly after Trump vetoed a congressional measure blocking his declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border.

The campaign says the rally is set for the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on March 28.

Trump narrowly won the Midwest state's 16 electoral votes in the 2016 presidential election.

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Grand Rapids’ Van Andel Arena and DeVos Performance Hall are receiving high marks from notable national publication mid-year charts.

If you’ve been to a show at DeVos Performance Hall, or a concert or sporting event at Van Andel Arena, you may have noticed tickets are scarce. From the perspective of Pollstar, VenuesNow and Billboard Magazines, that means ticket sales are solid. For venues of their size, that puts them near the top of ticket sales in North America and the world.

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Grand Rapids’ major entertainment venues have broken attendance records this past year. WGVU’ breaks down the figures at DeVos Place, DeVos Performance Hall and Van Andel Arena.

Van Andel Arena celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2016 and did it in style. On home ice, the 2016-2017 Grand Rapids Griffins won its second AHL Calder Cup Championship and musician Paul McCartney set a single event record with the most gross ticket sales. That show was just one of 60 performances and 37 events hosted by the downtown arena.