Van Andel Arena

Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Van Andel Arena
"The Freezer on Fulton"
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Van Andel Arena is located in Grand Rapids
Van Andel Arena
Van Andel Arena
Location within Grand Rapids
Location130 West Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Coordinates42°57′44″N 85°40′19″W / 42.96222°N 85.67194°W / 42.96222; -85.67194Coordinates: 42°57′44″N 85°40′19″W / 42.96222°N 85.67194°W / 42.96222; -85.67194
OwnerGrand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority
CapacityIce Hockey: 11,000
Arena Football: 10,618
Basketball: 11,500
Concerts: 13,184
Broke groundFebruary 8, 1995[1]
OpenedOctober 8, 1996
Construction cost$77 million
($126 million in 2019 dollars[2])
ArchitectRossetti Architects[3]
Structural engineerMcClurg & Associates, Inc.[3]
Services engineerURS Greiner, Inc./Henderson[3]
General contractorHunt/Erhardt Joint Venture[3]
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) (1996–present)
Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA) (1996–2001)
Grand Rapids Rampage (AFL) (1998–2008)

Van Andel Arena is an 11,005-seat multi-purpose arena, situated in the Heartside district of Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. Since its opening in 1996, the arena has attracted over five million patrons. It is home to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League, the top minor league affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings, with fans giving it the nickname "The Freezer on Fulton".[4] Van Andel Arena is the fourth-largest arena in Michigan, as well as West Michigan's largest; only Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, the Jack Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, and the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, are larger.

  1. ^ "About Us". Grand Action. Retrieved June 10, 2014.
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d "1997 AIA Michigan Design Honor Award". American Institute of Architects in Michigan. Retrieved September 22, 2011.
  4. ^ "Disney on Ice comes to Van Andel Arena". WZZM. Retrieved 2020-08-26.

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