Downtown Venue Amps Up Security


If you are going to a Grand Rapids Griffins game or attending a concert at Van Andel Arena this fall expect increased security measures.

SMG, the management company in charge of Van Andel Arena (as well as DeVos Place and DeVos Performance Hall) announced new security procedures for the venue, effective immediately.

Visitors to Van Andel Arena will pass through a visual inspection and metal detection screening to enter the venue on game and event days.

A new bag policy is also in place for all guests attending events. The arena’s updated bag policy requires that bags must be 14 by 14 by 6 inches or smaller to enter the venue.

On event days, staff, vendors and guests entering the front of the building to access the box office or administrative office will have all bags screened and tagged prior to entry into the facility.

Backpacks are not permitted. Diaper bags and medical bags will be permitted only following search and full security screening.

A full list of prohibited items can be found on the Van Andel Arena website.

*Photo courtesy of SMG

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