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Van Andel Arena ranks as a top 'stadium experience'

January 14, 2014
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Van Andel Arena seats more than 12,000 fans, is the highest-grossing arena in the country of its size and rated a top venue by industry trade media. Photo via

Fans at Grand Rapids' beloved downtown arena are getting a pretty good show.

Van Andel Arena, home of the Grand Rapids Griffins, ranks 98th in Stadium Journey magazine’s ranking of the top 100 stadium experiences of 2013, in the U.S. and Canada.

“The writers at Stadium Journey have now reviewed more than 1,700 venues from around the world,” said Paul Swaney, co-founder of Stadium Journey. “It's been a wonderful year, and we can see again that there are both iconic venues and small unknown arenas on our list."

Top 3 stadium experiences in U.S. and Canada

1. Amsoil Arena (Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs)

2. Daytona International Speedway (Daytona 500)

3. Compton Family Ice Arena (Notre Dame Fighting Irish)

Top Michigan stadium experiences

39. Dow Diamond, Midland (Great Lakes Loons)

47. Spartan Stadium, East Lansing

48. Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor

57. Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

74. Breslin Center, East Lansing

98. Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids

Source: Stadium Journey, 2014

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