This weekend will be crazy in Downtown Grand Rapids.  LaughFest, the Symphony, St. Patrick's Day, and, the Griffin's.

Saturday, of course, being St. Patrick's Day, means everybody will be green.  I don't know if the Griffin's will dress in green, but Griffin fans will be....."green with envy".....as the 5,000,000 fan...that's 5 millionth...will probably walk through the gates to a shower of prizes.

The Griffins host the Hamilton Bulldogs at 7 p.m. at Van Andel Arena.  Entering tonight's home game against Toronto, they have drawn 4,990,526 fans over the past 16 seasons, just 9,474 shy of the 5 million milestone..

They're looking for a crowd of about 8,000 tonight, so, the lucky fan will likely come soon after the gates open at 6 p.m. Saturday.

And, when I say lucky, I mean lucky.  Look at what they'll win:

• A Griffins jersey with the No. 5;

• Five lower bowl tickets to every Griffins home game during the ensuing 5 million seconds (58 days);

• Enough Marathon gas cards to travel 5 million feet ($150);

• 5 million microliters of Pepsi (5 liters);

• 5 million micrometers of hot dogs (32 packaged dogs);

• 5 million milligrams of Van Andel Arena popcorn (11 pounds);

• Five entrees from Qdoba;

• Five days of recognition on the griffinshockey.com splash page;

• A 5 million microsecond (five second) standing ovation from Griffins fans during the presentation.

By-the-way, the Griffins average 7,119 fans to rank sixth in the 30-team AHL.  Congrats Griffin's!