Friday, September 2, 2011

Detroit Red Wings to Scrimmage at Van Andel Arena

Coming back to their home away from home, the Detroit Red Wings will accommodate its legions of West Michigan fans by bringing the Red vs. White game to Grand Rapids' Van Andel Arena on September 27 at 6 pm.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 7 at 10 am. Prices are $18, $20, $22, $25, $30 and $40. There will be a $5 discount for season ticket holders on the $25 and $22 seats only. Tickets will be available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices,, Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone: 800-745-3000. Groups of 10 can receive $3 off the $22 and $18 seats.

Van Andel Arena, home to the Grand Rapids Griffins, will be bringing the Griffins' NHL parent club to the west side of the state for the first time since 2007. Prior to that, the Red Wings also held a Red vs. White scrimmage at the arena in 2003.

This fall, the Red Wings intrasquad scrimmage at Van Andel Arena will be bringing in some of hockey's famous names and best players to downtown Grand Rapids including Muskegon-native Justin Abdelkader and team captain Nicklas Lidstrom. West Michigan fans can catch all the action in their own backyard as the Red Wings prepare for yet another successful year.

The 2010-2011 Red Wings' season ended last May in a Game 7 loss to the San Jose Sharks after coming back from a 3-0 game deficit. San Jose moved on to play the Vancouver Canucks in the Western Conference Finals.

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