Friday, August 27, 2010
Progress is really moving along! In this set, you begin to see the new concourse will expand outside the current frame. Steel beams reach out of the building! Check it out:
Thursday, August 26, 2010
The award honors the spirit of P.T. Barnum and his inspirational contributions to society by identifying and celebrating children age six to 14 who give back to their own communities in creative, fun, and innovative ways. Nominations now being accepted for West Michigan area children can be submitted online at http://www.thebarnumaward.com/ through Sept. 3.
Three local award recipients will be chosen by a panel of distinguished local luminaries, and will receive award medals and grants to fund future local service projects. The Gold Barnum Award Recipient will receive a $1,000 grant, the Silver Barnum Award Recipient will receive a $750 grant, and the Bronze Barnum Award Recipient will receive a $500 grant to fund future community service endeavors.
Nominees will be judged on the impact of their accomplishments, creativity and innovation, and their inspiration to others relating to their cause. Nominators are required to be over the age of 21, and must fill out a short questionnaire about the child they feel is making a difference in the community.
The West Michigan recipients will be recognized at an award ceremony prior to the start of the opening night performance of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents ZING, ZANG, ZOOM® on Friday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena®, where the show will perform through Sunday, Sept. 19.
The Barnum Award is a national program presented by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in conjunction with a two-year celebration of the 200th anniversary of P.T. Barnum’s birth. Nationally, more than $150,000 in grants will be awarded.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
There, you will also get many other updates on numerous events and happenings at DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall. Don't miss out!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
o Sat., Sept. 25th at 2:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Friday, August 13, 2010
* The average distance the Ringling Bros. circus train travels between cities is 350 miles.
* There are 59 cars on the mile-long Red Unit Train: 19 flat bed cars, 4 stock cars, 2 concession stock cars, 1 shop car, 2 generator cars, 1 pie car (restaurant) and 30 coach cars (living quarters).
* Each year, an average of 1,000 hours is spent traveling by train from city to city.
* 109,500 meals per year are prepared at the pie car, the Ringling Bros. traveling diner.
* The Red Unit train will travel an average of 16,000 miles in a year.
* The longest journey the train travels between cities is 1,243 miles, from Trenton, NJ, to Omaha, NE.
* The 139th Edition will play 40 different North American cities in a year, or 80 in its 2 year tour.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Google to Grand Rapids
Thursday, September 9, 2010
2:00pm - 5:00pm
The Club @ Van Andel Arena
Pre-Registrants will leave with a Search Engine Marketing Review
for their business, to include:
- A Keyword analysis of your website
- An analysis of how many people are searching for your products and services
- An understanding of how to produce a positive ROI through search
- An analysis of seasonal search trends in your industry
- An analysis of costs associated with driving searchers to your site
- An understanding of how to attract targeted searchers through text, display and video ads
- An understanding of why Local Search is so important for businesses
Register before August 20, 2010 and you'll be entered into a drawing to receive a LEAD Marketing Agency / Google AdWords coupon worth $100.00!
There is limited space for this event, so register today! Go to the LEAD Marketing website to reserve your spot at this event!
For more information, call 616-254-8681 or check out LEAD Marketing's Facebook page.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Concessions Fun Facts
Did you know...?
1,000 pounds of popcorn is consumed in
each city Ringling Bros.® visits.
At each performance, 15,000 pounds of ice
is produced to make snow cones.
750 pounds of sugar is used to spin
cotton candy in each city.
It looks like circus-goers have a sweet tooth!!
Friday, August 6, 2010
Picture #1: The view our poor box office employees look at every day (instead of looking outside).
Picture #2: Trying to keep the construction dust out of the concession in the main lobby.
Picture #3: View from lobby looking up the main stairs.
Picture #4: This is where you used to be able to access the box office.
Picture #5: Wall removed with main floor visible.
Picture #6: Close up of the concourse wall being removed.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
The founder of Kids' Food Basket was recently honored by President Obama. Van Andel Arena makes donations to Kids' Food Basket in entertainers' names as a way of saying thank you for playing our venue.
Mary K. Hoodhood, the founder of Kids’ Food Basket, made a visit to the White House on Wednesday. Hoodhood was one of the 13 recipients of the 2010 Citizens Medal for performing “exemplary deeds of service outside their regular jobs.”
After a car accident left her paralyzed, Hoodhood began volunteering at her local Meals on Wheels Program. The experience sparked a passion for feeding the hungry, leading her to found Kids’ Food Basket in 2001- an organization which provides meals daily to thousands of children in the
The non-profit, in response to a growing need, recently signed a 10-year lease for a larger facility at
"I never thought I would be here (the White House), but I really accepted the medal on behalf of all the wonderful people in Grand Rapids who helped grow the program from 125 kids in 2001 to the more than 2,600 fed every day of the school year," said Hoodhood, who was presented the award by President Barack Obama. "There is more we can do to feed even more children."
In his speech on Wednesday, President Obama said "physical limitations have never hindered ... Hoodhood's determination to strengthen her community."
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
· The 139th Edition contains 27 acts, including 12 magical illusions and the Clown Alley Blow-off number prior to the National Anthem.
· It takes 16 hours to assemble the new stage and rigging.
· It takes 6 hours to tear down the stage and rigging.
· 3 miles of cable are used to power the ZING ZANG ZOOM production.
· It takes 91,380 watts of power to run the show.
· Over 1 mile of audio cable is used to connect the 56 speakers to the audio control board.
· 12 wireless microphone frequencies are used at one time during the performance. The audio control board has 64 channels of inputs.
· 4,335 tons of equipment is moved from city to city (4,135 by train, 200 over land).
· There are 350 costume changes per show.
· 60 pounds of confetti are used in each city where ZING ZANG ZOOM appears.