Friday, October 29, 2010

Concourse Expansion Week 11 continued

See the new expansion from different angles! Construction is getting closer to being able to place the glass on the cube like structure. It is going to look awesome, check it out!

Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular Gears Up For Biggest Year Yet

Christian music’s largest annual tour, the record-breaking Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, is set to return bigger than ever in 2011. Produced by Premier Productions and presented by Holt International, the tour will feature the most artists and dates in its 16-year history. Winter Jam Tour Spectacular makes its stop in Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena on March 27 at 6PM.

Hosted by GRAMMY®-nominated NewSong, the Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular will also feature Newsboys; David Crowder Band; Kutless; Francesca Battistelli; RED; KJ-52, and guest speaker Tony Nolan. In addition, the show includes a Pre-Jam Party presented by the American Bible Society with Sidewalk Prophets, Chris August and Chris Sligh.

Admission is $10 at the door. Click here for more information.

“It’s amazing and humbling to see how God has continued to bless the Winter Jam Tour over all these years," says NewSong's Eddie Carswell. "We specifically created and designed this tour to impact the lives of others for the sake of the Gospel. Our prayer is that God will continue to use Winter Jam for His glory and honor.”

"This year's tour will be unlike any other Winter Jam in history," says Roy Morgan, owner, Premier Productions, producer of Winter Jam. "Winter Jam 2011 will have tons of surprises that no one is expecting. You will not want to miss this. Also, if someone has never experienced a Winter Jam event before, then this is the year to come."

This year’s Winter Jam was the #1 tour in America in the first quarter and landed at #2 on Pollstar’s 2010 Worldwide First Quarter Ticket Sales “Top 100 Tours” chart, with attendance in excess of 400,000 people. Winter Jam 2010 also saw an estimated 74,000 people make decisions for Christ, and facilitated more than 10,000 sponsorship commitments to adoption and child welfare organization Holt International to help meet the needs of orphaned children around the world.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Concourse Expansion Week 11

The construction has been moving along nicely. The brick wall has been completed. Check it out, it looks nice!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Concourse Expansion Week 10: Day 4

Check out the following pictures of this weeks construction! The brick wall is almost completed. See the brand new window frame that was just put up!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Budweiser Clydesdale Horses at Van Andel Arena!

Come see the Budweiser Clydesdales at Van Andel Arena this Friday!

From 5:30 until 7pm, fans can take pictures with them in front of Van Andel Arena

After come watch the Grand Rapids Griffins take on Milwaukee Admirals starting at 7pm

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Concourse Expansion Week 10: Day 2

Bricks are being added to the green part of the wall. This will be the final side of the wall that is not glass. Check it out as you can see how much has been completed during the day with the bricks!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Concourse Expansion Week 9/10: Days 4, 5, and 1

The expansion construction has made a lot of progress over the past 3 days. The bricks and snow melt are completely done! Also, the wall for the cube like structure is finally coming into place and bricks are being laid down. Despite the mini flood this morning, the cube like structure is coming along nicely. Check it out!

Meet & Greet and Autograph Signing!

Meet & Greet/ Autograph Signing with TNA Wrestling Superstar Jay Lethal and the US Army recruiters

Thursday 10/21, 1 PM - 3 PM, at Buffalo Wild Wings
2121 Celebration Way NE Suite 100
Grand Rapids, MI 49525

For more information about Jay Lethal:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne Coming To Grand Rapids

Rock legend and reality television star Ozzy Osbourne will make a stop in Grand Rapids on December 7th at 7:30PM to perform at Van Andel Arena after kicking off his fall North American arena tour November 12 in Victoria, B.C.

Tickets go on sale beginning Saturday, October 23 at 10AM on; all Ticketmaster outlets, the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices; or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Ticket prices are $29.50, $45, $65, and $85.

HALFORD, featuring legendary Judas Priest front man, Rob Halford, will also perform on the 2010 dates.

Osbourne recently completed a run of overseas festival appearances and headlining overseas performances including his first ever concert in Israel: a September 28 OZZFest show at Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv.

Click here for updates and more information.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family

The remaining tour dates for Tyler Perry's "Madea's Big Happy Family" have been cancelled, including the show that was scheduled for October 28th at Van Andel Arena.

The tour has asked that this statement be shared with patrons: “Thank you for your support for Tyler Perry's “Madea's Big Happy Family.” After a total of 154 performances and two movies, Mr. Perry is fatigued and will not be able to continue the tour. After October 17th, the remaining tour dates will be cancelled. Refunds will be available at the point of purchase.”

Monday, October 11, 2010

Concourse Expansion Week 9: Day 1

There is only one section left of bricks that needs to be complete. The work continues on the cube like structure as the walls are being completed. It's starting to all come together!

Special Ticket Prices offered for Detroit Pistons' game on Wednesday!

The Detroit Pistons are offering special $10 upper level seats and money-saving 2-packs of prime lower level seats, courtesy of Meijer, for the Wednesday, October 13 preseason contest at 7 p.m against Dallas Mavericks.

While supplies last, specially priced $10 tickets for upper level and 2-packs of lower level tickets for $39 or $99 are on sale now at the Van Andel Arena box office, any Ticketmaster outlet, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Concourse Expansion Week 8: Day 5

Check out the inside pictures from the concourse. The bricks are almost completed, but ready for the Griffins' home opener tonight. The wall is coming along on the cube like structure and you can see how much progress was made from this morning until this afternoon.

Concourse Expansion Week 8: Day 4

The bricks are coming along nicely. One section is finished! The cube like structure has been added on to with steel poles. Check out the finished bricks and new addition!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thunder Nationals Returns to Van Andel Arena!

Thunder Nationals, with its infamous Monster Trucks, roars into the Van Andel Arena!

At the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, expect to see outrageous jumps, crushed cars, plenty of concrete-streaking action, and some of the most incredible "donuts" ever!

For more information visit:

Tickets may be purchased at the Van Andel Arena® and De Vos Place® box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers, including D & W stores and select Family Fare locations, charge by phone: 1.800.745.3000 or online here.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Winter Tour 2010 Rocks Grand Rapids

The symphonic rock group Trans-Siberian Orchestra arrives at Van Andel Arena to end off 2010 in "rockin" style.

Insistent on giving their fans the most “value for their dollar,” TSO puts on an over-the-top audio/visual spectacular complete with lasers, pyrotechnics and state of the art lighting with a ticket price that starts as low as $25 allowing generations of fans to be enthralled year after year.

Tickets may be purchased at t...he Van Andel Arena® and DeVos Place® box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers, including D & W stores and select Family Fare locations, charge by phone: 1.800.745.3000 or online.

One dollar from each ticket purchased will go to God's Kitchen. God's Kitchen, a program of Catholic Charities West Michigan, helps to feed the hungry with dignity and respect. Located in the Heartside Neighborhood of urban Grand Rapids, God's Kitchen served over 195,000 meals in 2008 and provides service through two programming initiatives.

Concourse Expansion Week 8:Day 2

Some new angles of the construction project are really showing how much has been completed. The cement is looking nice where the snow melt is being redone and soon the bricks will be back in place. The construction is coming along nicely on the cube like structure.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010


The Grand Rapids Griffins will host their third annual “Pups and Pucks” Fall Walk-a-Thon presented by BeeneGarter L.L.P. next Monday, Oct. 11 at Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary in Lake Odessa, Mich.

Beginning at 5:45 p.m., Griffins players, coaches and front office staff will walk rescued dogs for pledges made by fans through All animal lovers are encouraged to attend (with or without a dog to walk), to collect their own pledges and to enjoy a host of activities that begin at 4:30 p.m.

Fans wishing to participate in the walk-a-thon are encouraged, but not required, to collect pledges for the event. For those unable to collect pledges, or those simply wanting to attend, there is a $10 entry fee per person. Children three and under are free.

Fans bringing a dog to walk must register their dog and present proof of healthcare and vaccinations. Early registration begins at 4:30 p.m. or fans can go online to download registration forms.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Concourse Expansion Week 8: Day 1

The construction has been moving on along during the weekend. Bricks have been added, concrete has been laid and the structure continues to be worked on. It is coming along nicely, check it out!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Concourse Expansion Week 7 Continued

Look at the new brick being laid on the inside of the main lobby. Also, there are pictures of the development on the outside. It's really coming along!

Grand Rapids Griffins Coat Drive until October 15th

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Fox Motors are collecting new and gently used coats and blankets, along with new hats, gloves and scarves, from now until Oct. 15 for Guiding Light Mission.

For every new coat donated during this time, donors will receive a voucher to purchase up to four Griffins tickets at $10 apiece for the Friday, Oct. 22 game versus Milwaukee. Donations will be accepted during business hours at the Griffins' office at Van Andel Arena and all 18 Fox Motors dealership locations, including Delta Imports, Fox Acura, Fox Ford Mazda, Fox Honda, Fox Hyundai Kia, Fox Nissan, Fox Pontiac Buick GMC, Fox Saab and Fox Yamaha in the Grand Rapids area.

"We are excited for our first community event utilizing all of our affiliate locations." stated Dan DeVos, DP Fox Ventures president and CEO. "We believe that the community will come together and help keep Michigan warm this winter."

"This is a tremendous opportunity for the community to share their blessings with others. What better way than to make sure everyone stays warm this winter," said Stuart Ray, Guiding Light Mission's executive director.