Congratulations to our very own Van Andel Arena!  Why?

Pollstar magazines' listing of the Top 50 Arena Venues of all sizes Worldwide for first quarter 2011 ticket sales, ranked our arena #38.  That's huge...38th in the world! The SMG-managed Van Andel Arena's achievement can be attributed to the variety of successful events such as Lady Gaga, Cirque Du Soleil, the Winter Jam 2011 Tour Spectacular and others.

In addition, DeVos Performance Hall, also managed by SMG,  ranked #40 in Pollstar's Top 50 Theatre Venues Worldwide, primarily due in part to the Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids LaughFest with Bill Cosby, James Taylor, Broadway Grand Rapids' "In the Heights" among others.

Just thought you should know.  Pretty impressive.  As I mentioned in my Top 5 Landmark's article last week, the Arena is something to be proud of and has had a huge impact on the growth and revitalization of downtown Grand Rapids.

Another reason to live, love and enjoy Grand Rapids!