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Owners sell roller rink and sports venue

March 15, 2016
| By Pat Evans |
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Woodland Skating Center in Grand Rapids, located on 28th Street SE, opened in 1969. Photo via

A landmark roller rink and sports venue have been sold.

The Roodvoet family, the long-time owners of the Woodland Sports Center and Woodland Skating Center in Grand Rapids, at 2100 28th St. SE, said yesterday the facilities were sold to Woodland Indoor Sports.

The facilities will be operated by Michigan Sports Academies in Grand Rapids, the parent company of the Michigan Volleyball Academy, or MVA, and the Michigan Basketball Academy, or MBA.

The new ownership plans to renovate the facilities and grounds, enhance the soccer fields and add indoor basketball and volleyball courts.

The building will close on April 18 for the renovations.

“We are thrilled that we found a buyer that will invest in the kind of youth programming and team sports that are important to today’s youth and families,” Bryan Roodvoets said. “Michigan Sports Academies has a great reputation, and I am confident that this will have a positive impact on the retail and restaurant neighbors in this part of the city.”

Woodland Skating Center was opened in 1969 by the Roodvoets and a group of investors.

At the time, it was West Michigan’s largest skating center, the Roodvoets said, and over the years, it has “made room” for tennis, soccer, lacrosse and volleyball.

At one point, the facility was leased to a Mexican market before the Roodvoets brought back the skating and youth sports. 

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