According to the Grand Rapids Press’s Amy Biolchini, Van Andel Arena will undergo some necessary renovations in 2019:
The home of the Grand Rapids Griffins is set to receive a new roof and locker-room updates in the next year.
Money for the updates is among $5.1 million in capital projects approved Friday, June 1, for Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place by the joint public authority that oversees both buildings.
Overall the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention Arena Authority will be spending $19 million in the coming fiscal year to operate and maintain Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place Convention Center.
The authority is planning to use $4.4 million of its savings to cover the gap between revenue and expenditures, but still projects it will have $20 million left in its rainy day fund at the end of fiscal 2019.
The biggest capital projects include a $1 million roof replacement at Van Andel Arena. The money would cover the first phase of the roof replacement project. The arena was built in 1995.
Locker rooms at the arena will receive a $2 million upgrade — a request long made by performers and athletes, according to authority officials.