GRAND RAPIDS -- Michigan State is bidding to host the NCAA men's Division I basketball tournament's First Four in 2014 or 2015 at Van Andel Arena, athletic director Mark Hollis said Thursday.


Grand Rapids is scheduled to host NCAA championships director Ron English on Friday to evaluate the arena and the city’s amenities -- something Grand Rapids businessman and philanthropist Peter Secchia said wasn't done when it was proposed the city host NCAA tournament games in either 2011, 2012 or 2013.




The West Michigan Sports Commission plans to have their new baseball and softball complex – now officially named the Art Van Sports Complex – completed sometime in 2014.


It’s a project that means a lot for youth sports in West Michigan, but it also brings a great opportunity for businesses in Rockford.


"We're excited about it,” Pizza Hut Regional GM Chris Goostrey says. He has a store sitting just off the town’s U.S. 131 exit.


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A group from the NCAA toured Van Andel Arena and the rest of the city Friday to check out Grand Rapids as a possible host for NCAA basketball tournament games.


The West Michigan Sports Commission is working with Michigan State University to try to land the "First Four" in either 2014 or 2015.


This is the second time Grand Rapids has tried to land those games. The last time was for a 2011, 2012 or 2013 tournament, and the city paired that time with Western Michigan University.


GRAND RAPIDS, MI -- Nate Hurwitz, the teen who flashed a perpetual smile while advocating for other children with disabilities, has died unexpectedly at a local hospital.

The 16-year-old Forest Hills Eastern High School junior never complained about being diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare degenerative muscle disease that meant he had to use a wheelchair for much of his childhood. He instead campaigned for a special baseball field in West Michigan to be built for disabled children and had a tremendous gift for counting all of life's blessings.


Michigan’s first triathlon of its kind to debut on August 26th.


Grand Rapids, MI - MI Titanium will introduce the 1st annual USA Triathlon-sanctioned race on Sunday, August 26th, offering Half-Iron, Full-Iron, and AquaBike options for participants.


David Czurak - Grand Rapids Business Journal

Published: August 13, 2012 

It appears everyone is winning — at least, when it involves the West Michigan Sports Commission and its capital campaign to build a 12-field baseball and softball complex in northern Kent County.