Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Earn Money for your Non-Profit with SAVOR... Non-Profit Volunteer Team

Want to learn how to raise money for your Non-Profit organization?

Being a part of the SAVOR... Non-Profit Volunteer Team at Van Andel Arena is a season-long commitment. We ask that a minimum of twelve (12) events, six (6) of which being hockey, be worked in order for us to provide consistent service to all of our guests.

  • All volunteers must have completed a thorough training program before being able to participate at an event. This includes, but is not limited to, Alcohol Management Training (TIPS) and Non-Profit Concession Operational Training.

  • All volunteers must be of at least eighteen (18) years of age or older.

  • SAVOR... will provide an apron and hat per volunteer based on the size of the group only at the beginning of the season at no cost for up to twelve (12) volunteers.

  • To ensure an optimal commitment, we do require groups to pay for their members to go through TIPS training. Cost for doing this is $20 per member. After twelve (12) group members have successfully completed TIPS certification, your group may become eligible to attend a "Free" TIPS class, typically offered four (4) times per year.

  • It is suggested that each Non-Profit Volunteer Group provide General Limited Liability Insurance.

  • We provide all Non-Profit Volunteer Groups with one core staff member and one fully trained cook in each necessary location.

  • Typical time of volunteer shifts vary depending on the event, but usually average to be around 5-6 hours.

  • The most successful groups currently enrolled in our program have one group lead, or point person, in charge of signing the group up and notifying them of new events. They also have a pool of 10-15 potential volunteers and work as many events as possible.

Earning Potentials

-We have locations for small and large groups based on the number of people in your pool of volunteers.

-The most successful groups are currently earning $8,000-$10,000 per month, with 15+ volunteers.

This program has been and continues to be a wonderful program allowing Non-Profit Groups the opportunity to raise funds for their cause. Should you have any further questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact SAVOR... Catering.

Lauren Doa 616-743-6233 or

Friday, August 19, 2011

Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival Featuring Avenged Sevenfold, along with Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape the Fate

The 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival featuring multi-platinum headliner Avenged Sevenfold, along with Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and Escape the Fate, comes to Van Andel Arena on Tuesday, September 20th at 5:00 PM.

Tickets are $49.75. There also is a student 4 pack available. Students with proper student identification can purchase a 4 pack of tickets for $80. Tickets may be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place® box offices, Ticketmaster ticket centers including D&W Stores and select Family Fare locations, charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000 and online at

Leading the festival is multiplatinum headliner Avenged Sevenfold, making their successful return after co-headlining the 2010 debut Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival. Avenged Sevenfold achieved worldwide success with their platinum 2005 album City Of Evil, which featured the wildly popular single “Bat Country.” They are the only band to have headlined the Vans Warped Tour and Ozzfest while simultaneously hitting number one on MTV’s TRL. Avenged Sevenfold’s fifth album, Nightmare, debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 Chart. Their current single, “So Far Away,” is quickly climbing the Active Rock and Modern Rock Charts.

In 2006, they won the fan-voted award for Best New Artist for “Bat Country” at the MTV Video Music Awards. The following year, their self-titled album, Avenged Sevenfold, sold more than a million copies around the world. Over the course of their career, Avenged Sevenfold has built a fanatical fan base resulting in excess of one million albums sold worldwide, amassed more than 6.8 million fans on Facebook and attracted 102 million plays on YouTube.

This past year, Three Days Grace brought their live act to fans with three successful North American tours promoting their latest album Life Starts Now, which debuted at number three on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The album spawned three number one Active Rock songs including “The Good Life,” “World So Cold” and the number one Song of the Year at Active Rock, “Break.” Overall, Life Starts Now spent the year dominating the Modern, Heritage and Alternative rock radio-airplay charts across industry radio-monitoring services, BDS and Mediabase. Their latest single, “Lost In You,” follows suit and is currently climbing up the charts on Mediabase and BDS.

South African natives Seether debuted on the scene in 2002, have sold nearly four million units worldwide, and have become an impressive presence on the worldwide touring circuit, averaging more than 275 performances a year. Seether’s fourth album, Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray, was produced by the legendary Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Rage Against The Machine). The offering features the number one rock single “Country Song,” and showcases songwriter and frontman Shaun Morgan’s ability to successfully meld raw emotional lyrics with intensely melodic elements of heavy metal, post-grunge and alternative rock.

Bullet For My Valentine continue to tour and support their 2010 Top 3 release Fever and the follow up deluxe Fever Tour Edition CD/DVD, released in February. Fever Tour Edition features three new songs recorded live at XFM radio in the UK. The current single and title track “Fever” continues to climb the charts. Bullet For My Valentine were just nominated for three Kerrang! Awards including Best Single, Best Live and Best British Band.

Escape The Fate has been relentlessly touring in support of their recent self-titled album which debuted at number four on the Billboard Rock album chart, number three on the Billboard Alternative chart and number one on the Billboard Tastemakers Chart. The album features the singles “Issues” and “Gorgeous Nightmare.” Outburn declared “the band’s new album is a compelling modern day masterpiece.”

Thursday, August 18, 2011

3rd Annual “Rock and Worship Roadshow” Continues With Star-Studded Lineup: MERCYME, Jars Of Clay, Disciple, Hawk Nelson, Matt Maher and Group 1 Crew

“The Rock and Worship Roadshow” will venture into their second leg of the tour hitting 12 markets this November, including Van Andel Arena on November 4, with a stellar cast including MercyMe, Jars of Clay, Disciple, Hawk Nelson, Matt Maher and Group 1 Crew. Talented rapper Trip Lee along with other artists will serve as the pre-show entertainment. This will mark the first time "The Rock and Worship Roadshow" will tour in the fall in addition to their annual spring trek.

Admission prices will be the traditional $10 at-the-door, making it an affordable event for the whole family. Compassion International will once again serve as a tour sponsor. Compassion International is a Christian child advocacy ministry that releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty and enables them to become responsible, fulfilled Christian adults. For more information on Compassion International go to

Kicking off Nov. 3 in Saginaw, MI, the tour will stop in cities such as Grand Rapids, MI, Cleveland, OH, Atlanta, GA, Columbia, SC, Oklahoma City, OK, and Kansas City, MO before wrapping on Nov. 20 in Memphis, TN.

Van Andel Arena® Once More Makes Mid-Year Charts As A Top Venue

Billboard Names Van Andel Arena No. 1 Mid-size Venue in North America

Based on box office figures during the first half of this year, the SMG-managed Van Andel Arena ranks as a top venue in mid-year charts compiled by entertainment industry publications Billboard, Pollstar, and Venues Today.

“Being listed as high as we are in these three industry publications is yet again a great honor,” said Richard MacKeigan, SMG’s Regional General Manager for Van Andel Arena® and DeVos Place®, of the news. “But just being consistently listed is the greater accomplishment. The entire SMG staff is delighted with our venue’s rating. We are proud to work at Van Andel Arena and proud to work in Grand Rapids. These rankings are a testament to the incredible support we continue to receive from our community, the great promoters we work with and the value of the SMG network.”

Van Andel Arena has had a terrific year so far in 2011 (from October 16, 2010 through June 30, 2011) with 36 shows, six of which were sellouts. Sellout events included Trans-Siberian Orchestra (twice), Winter Jam, Lady Gaga, Kid Rock, and Bob Seger.


Billboard Magazine has ranked Van Andel Arena as the sixth highest grossing arena ($9,605,146) worldwide with a 10,001-15,000 seating capacity. The top five venues ranked are all overseas, making Van Andel Arena the No. 1 venue in North America. The rankings came from gross figures compiled between November 1, 2010 and May 31, 2011. The list was published in the July 30, 2011 issue.

Another SMG-managed building to make the list was Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, just behind Van Andel Arena at seventh.

Billboard Magazine has served the information needs of the entertainment business since 1894. Today, that means a core focus on the music business, providing charts, data, analysis, profiles, news and trend reporting for aspiring artists, top executives, tour promoters, publishers, radio programmers, lawyers, retailers and others. In the past few years, Billboard has committed to providing information and insight for the new industries that have sought opportunities in music, such as advertising, film, television, digital and mobile.


Van Andel Arena placed at number 55 worldwide on Pollstar Magazine’s Top 100 Arena Venues of all sizes in the July 18, 2011 issue. This ranking is based on an attendance of 102,525, as reported to Pollstar for shows played between January 1, 2011 and June 30, 2011.

In addition to Van Andel Arena’s no. 55 position, other SMG-managed buildings ranked in Pollstar’s Top 100, including The Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester, England in fifth; Coliseo De Puerto Rico in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico at eighth; BOK Center in Tulsa, OK at 37th; and Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA at 47th.

Pollstar is the only trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry. For more than 25 years Pollstar has provided music business professionals with the most reliable and accurate source of worldwide concert tour schedules, ticket sales results, music industry contact directories, trade news and unique specialized data services. Pollstar also publishes the concert industry’s leading trade publication.

Venues Today

Venues Today has named Van Andel Arena the sixth highest grossing arena ($8,474,485) worldwide with 10,001-15,000 seating capacity in the July 2011 issue. The Top Spot ranking is based on concert and event grosses, as reported to Venues Today from October 16, 2010 through May 15, 2011.

A few other SMG-managed arenas showed up on the top ten following Van Andel Arena, including INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas at eighth. Save Mart Center in Fresno, California came in at ninth followed by Long Beach Arena (Ca.) at tenth. Peoria (Ill.) Civic Center Arena is at 12 while Jacksonville (Fla.) Veterans Memorial Arena showed up at 14. North Charleston (S.C.) Coliseum came up at 17 and DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. is at 18.

DeVos Performance Hall also showed up on the Venues Today listing. DeVos Performance Hall, the only Michigan venue that hosts up to four different professional arts groups, came in 19th on the Top Spot list for venues of 2,001-5,000 capacity with a gross of $4,799,974. DeVos Performance Hall was followed at 20 by East Lansing’s Wharton Center for Performing Arts while fellow SMG–managed Orpheum Theater in Omaha, Nebraska came in at 14.

Venues Today is a leading international trade publication that covers the business side of entertainment and sports, particularly as it relates to venues. Readers include managers, owners, operators and bookers of arenas, amphitheaters, stadiums, performing arts centers, convention centers, fairgrounds and equestrian centers.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Grand Rapids Welcomes Gaither Homecoming Christmas Special

Multi-Grammy Award winning recording artist, Bill Gaither will present the Gaither Christmas Homecoming music spectacular at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI, on Friday, December 9, 2011 at 7pm. The legendary recording artist will present an exciting celebration, filled with the very best in Christian music, including Gaither’s own multi-award winning group, The Gaither Vocal Band.

For nearly half a century, multiple Grammy and Dove award winner Bill Gaither has been a musical trailblazer. His reputation as a performer, songwriter and mentor for newly-discovered artists is known world-wide. Gaither’s beloved series of Homecoming CDs and DVDs continues to top the sales charts and attract an ever-increasing audience. Whether you are a brand new fan or a longtime lover of feel-good Gospel music, don’t miss this incredible concert experience. "In times like these we must reflect on what is most important in our, family and friends," explains Gaither. "I invite everyone to join me and my special ‘friends’ for an uplifting musical extravaganza filled with joy, laughter, good music and great memories."

The roster of talented “friends” taking the stage with Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band, featuring Mark Lowry, David Phelps, Michael English and Wes Hampton, include The Martins, Gordon Mote, The Booth Brothers, The Isaacs, Buddy Greene, Charlotte Ritchie, Gene McDonald and Kevin Williams.

Additional information is available online at or Tickets go on sale Monday, August 22 at 10am and may be purchased by calling 1-800-745-3000 or online at Tickets are also available at the Van Andel Arena box office and all Ticketmaster outlets, including D&W Stores and select Family Fare locations. Prices are $29 & $39. Special group rates are available by calling 616-742-6185.