According to WZZM the ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, Michigan, The Grand Rapids Gold found a new home at Van Andel Arena after the announced closure of the DeltaPlex.
The Gold will be joining the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League in calling Van Andel Arena home, which means that both franchises will no longer have to compete for fans. In the past, the two teams would occasionally play games on the same night, but now that they share a home that won’t happen anymore.
“I think it’s huge for our fan base, right. I mean, obviously, I think we have a good base. And it took us a few years to get to a point where this made a lot of sense for the franchise. But now we opened ourselves up to a ton of other opportunities. I mean, obviously, the walk up crowd and the downtown crowd and bustling opportunities for students and for fans, convention center traffic, I mean, you name it, that’s where we want to be,” said President of Grand Rapids Gold, Steven Jbara.
“Playing in a world class facility like that, makes us more of a target for free agents, you know, when they put the whole story together of Grand Rapids and the community. And, you know, this new arena really adds a lot to that. So I know the Nuggets for on their side have been really excited about the opportunity to be there,” added Jbara.
“And then on each end zone, we’ll probably have more of a beer garden on one end zone. And then, you know, kind of more of what we have merch and 50/50 and stuff on the other side to really kind of get everybody acclimated and make it a very usable space,” says Jbara.
Ticket prices for general admission are expected to remain pretty much the same, according to Jbara.
The goal for the Grand Rapids Gold this year is to use their new home to help bring a bigger spotlight to the franchise and grow the fan base even further.
“I think, you know, every time we get people to come out to games, they’re blown away by the talent of blown away by the experience. It’s just getting them out there for the first time,” said Jbara