Here's how we can help you secure sporting events in Kent County:
We provide insight, advice, promotional materials, targeted data and more to help you build winning presentations for boards and governing bodies, members and athletes, and potential sponsors.
West Michigan is jam-packed with unique facilities, fields, parks and playgrounds. We’ll help you locate and secure just the right one for your specific needs.
With 9,500 hotel rooms and over 100 hotels within Kent County, we can help find the right property to fit the event needs and assist with negotiating the contracts.
Once the event has chosen Kent County here are some things we can help you with:
We collaborate with the Grand Response™ team of the Experience Grand Rapids Convention & Visitors Bureau and other area bureaus to make sure your event is successful. We bend over backwards to help you plan, coordinate and publicize your event, and to make your athletes, officials and fans enjoy their time in West Michigan – both on and off the field.
With our vast network of contacts in the local sports and business communities, we can help you identify potential sponsors for your event – and then make the connections that can lead to mutually beneficial relationships.
We maintain a database of committed volunteers eager to assist with sports events, and we reach out to the community for additional support of individual events.
We’ll help you spread the word. We can provide public relations assistance for your event – identifying media opportunities, offering insight and advice on story approaches, connecting you with the proper media personalities, coordinating press conferences and media presentations, and more.
Seated along the Grand River this convention center has a 162,000 sq ft, column free exhibit hall that divides into 3 halls. There's also a 40,000 sq ft ballroom with seating for 2,560. Other meeting spaces tequal 35,000 sq ft and have 21 sub dividing options. Facility has underground parking and connection to downtown hotels via skywalk.
Art Van Sports Complex
The Art Van Sports Complex finished phase one of the $7.5 million dollar project in the fall of 2014 and opened in the spring of 2015. The complex is home to six full-sized softball fields and two regulation college/high school baseball fields. Each softball field has portable mounds, bases, and fencing.
Calvin University - Van Noord Arena
Home to the NCAA DIII Knights this newly built facility has a 5,000 seat arena, 5 locker rooms, hospitality suites, indoor track/tennis building, 6 basketball courts, a dance studio, class rooms, conference room and more. Hosted NCAA Basketball & Volleyball National Championships.