Booking nearly 300 sporting events and tournaments since establishment in 2007, West Michigan Sports Commission makes Michigan’s west coast a planner’s ideal spot for youth and amateur sports.
Space for Almost Any Sport, and Introducing the One and Only Art Van Sports Complex
Grand Rapids hosts more than 50 youth and amateur sporting events annually. One of these sporting events is the Meijer State Games of Michigan, the signature event of the West Michigan Sports Commission, which features a multi-sport, Olympic-style event for athletes of any age or ability. Winter Games of Michigan took place for the first time in February 2014.
Fifth Third Ballpark
This is a 10,000-seat field with 24 luxury suites, Pepsi Stadium Club and Miller Lite House Deck for indoor and outdoor meetings. The ballpark is home of the West Michigan Whitecaps and hosts Opening Ceremonies of the Meijer State Games of Michigan.
MVP Fieldhouse features three soccer fields, three lacrosse fields, two football fields, five basketball courts, six volleyball courts and meeting space.
Deltaplex Arena & Conference Center
The center is a 6,500-seat arena with 105,000 square feet of exhibition space, and is also home to the Grand Rapids Drive (NBA Development League).
Van Andel Arena
The 12,000-seat arena located downtown with additional meeting space. The facility is home of the Grand Rapids Griffins (American Hockey League) and will host the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s WCHA Final Five March 21-22.
Grand River offers more than 1,500 meters of straightaway for rowing and will host the 2014 U.S. Rowing Masters National Championships. It is also home of the boathouse for the Grand Rapids Rowing Association.
DeVos Place is a convention center located in downtown Grand Rapids next to the Grand River. It features 162,000 square feet in a column-free exhibit hall; a 40,000-square-foot ballroom; and 26 meeting rooms. There is also a 2,404-seat performing arts theater. This center is home of the Grand Rapids Symphony, Grand Rapids Ballet Company, Opera Grand Rapids and Broadway Grand Rapids. The center also hosts the Grand Rapids Boat Show, West Michigan Women’s Expo and West Michigan Golf Show.
Calvin College offers a 363,000-square-foot fieldhouse, an Olympic pool, six indoor sports courts and 18 outdoor and six indoor tennis courts. Aquinas College hosts track and field and indoor soccer events with a 200-meter NCAA-certified track and artificial turf. Cornerstone University features three racquetball courts, six indoor courts and a new baseball stadium/athletic center complex. Davenport University has a new 23-acre Farmers Athletic Complex for baseball, softball and soccer, as well as eight tennis courts.
Art Van Sports Complex
Art Van Sports Complex is a championship-level baseball and softball facility available to host tournaments and events in 2015; construction will be complete in fall 2014. Learn More about the Art Van Sports Complex.
Grand Rapids Ranked in Top 3 Cities in Nation for Fun and Recreation
Grand Rapids is a cosmopolitan city with many outdoor recreational opportunities. Places Rated Almanac ranked Grand Rapids as the No. 3 city in the nation for fun and recreation.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is a highly ranked and nationally recognized tropical conservatory, the largest in Michigan. Visitors to Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum can travel by video with President Ford and Secretary Kissinger to significant spots around the globe; take a holographic tour of the Ford White House; and experience a day in the Oval Office through a sound and light show. Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) includes more than 5,000 works of art, including American and European 19th and 20th century paintings and sculptures. Grand Rapids Public Museum offers exhibits on history, nature and cultural heritage where visitors can ride a 1928 carousel or see a show in the planetarium.
Commission Covers 4 Major Michigan Regions
The area is accessible through various international highways and the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, Michigan’s second largest commercial airport about 13 miles southeast of Grand Rapids. Grand Rapids is approximately 2 and a half hours west of Detroit.
Grand Rapids and the greater area offer 7,200 hotel rooms. Several major hotels (Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, JW Marriott, City Flats Hotel and Courtyard by Marriot) in downtown Grand Rapids are within a five-minute walk of nearly 100 restaurants, nightclubs, museums and theaters.
Services offered by West Michigan Sports Commission
- Presentation support: the sports commission provides insight, advice, promotional materials and targeted data to help you build successful presentations for boards, governing bodies, athletes and potential sponsors.
- Destination services: the commission collaborates with the Grand Response™ team of the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau and other area bureaus to ensure your event’s success. It helps you plan, coordinate and publicize your event.
- Venue selection: West Michigan offers numerous facilities, fields, parks and playgrounds. The sports commission helps you locate and secure the best location for your specific needs.
- Sponsorship procurement: the commission has a vast network of contacts in the local sports and business communities, so it can help you identify potential sponsors for your event and make the connections that can lead to mutually beneficial relationships.
- Volunteer recruitment: the commission maintains a database of committed volunteers available to assist with sports events and reach out to the community for additional support of individual events.
- Public relations assistance: the commission can provide public relations assistance for your event by identifying media opportunities, offering insight and advice on story approaches, connecting you with the proper media personalities and coordinating press conferences and media presentations.