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Old 01-22-2020, 09:52 AM   #1
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***OFFICIAL Michigan Summer 2020***

The Mitten state getting two shows in 2020!

Van Andel Arena - Grand Rapids, MI - Monday, June 29th
Pine Knob (DTE) - Clarkston, MI - Tuesday, June 30th

First time back at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI since 1999!

It will always be Pine Knob!
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    Re: ***OFFICIAL Michigan Summer 2020***

    Great to have 2 shows but being back to back on a Monday and Tuesday, I don't see them selling well.
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    Old 01-22-2020, 10:15 AM   #3
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    Re: ***OFFICIAL Michigan Summer 2020***

    Love it!!!

    Will be hitting both, very excited
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    Love me some GR!!
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    Old 01-22-2020, 10:22 AM   #5
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    Love it!!!

    Will be hitting both, very excited
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    Old 01-22-2020, 10:25 AM   #6
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    Great to have 2 shows but being back to back on a Monday and Tuesday, I don't see them selling well.
    Have you not been to a Dave show at Pine Knob? Always a weekday show and always almost sold out.

    Now, I can't speak to Grand Rapids, but I'm guessing since they haven't played there in how-many-years it will get a real good draw.
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    Old 01-22-2020, 10:29 AM   #7
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    Have you not been to a Dave show at Pine Knob? Always a weekday show and always almost sold out.

    Now, I can't speak to Grand Rapids, but I'm guessing since they haven't played there in how-many-years it will get a real good draw.
    They haven't played there in 21 years and the capacity is just over 10k.

    They will sell well IMO.

    Will it draw from DTE? Maybe a little... but it's the week before the 4th on it's typical Tuesday night, I think it will sell well enough.
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    Old 01-22-2020, 10:30 AM   #8
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    Woooooo! So happy about this! Was wondering if they would ever play Grand Rapids again.
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    Old 01-22-2020, 10:53 AM   #9
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    They haven't played there in 21 years and the capacity is just over 10k.

    They will sell well IMO.

    Will it draw from DTE? Maybe a little... but it's the week before the 4th on it's typical Tuesday night, I think it will sell well enough.
    Maybe but I don't think anyone who usually goes to DTE will chose Grand Rapids over DTE. They will either go to both, or just go to DTE.
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    Old 01-22-2020, 11:12 AM   #10
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    Maybe but I don't think anyone who usually goes to DTE will chose Grand Rapids over DTE. They will either go to both, or just go to DTE.
    Or just go to GR if they live on that side of the state...
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    Old 01-22-2020, 11:19 AM   #11
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    I had no intention on seeing the band this summer (moved to Minneapolis) but there’s no way in hell I’m passing on a GR show which means I’m sure obviously not going to miss the next night at Pine Knob either!

    I may try and organize an Ants pre party at one of the bars next to Van Andel if folks are interested. Tailgating is difficult downtown GR.

    Also FWIW, as it was discussed above, concert capacity at Van Andel is actually over 13K.

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    Old 01-22-2020, 11:37 AM   #12
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    Great to have 2 shows but being back to back on a Monday and Tuesday, I don't see them selling well.
    DTE might hurt a little bit, but guarantee GR sells out in seconds.
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    Old 01-22-2020, 11:39 AM   #13
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    I may try and organize an Ants pre party at one of the bars next to Van Andel if folks are interested. Tailgating is difficult downtown GR.
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    This is true, but there a TON of local bars. Founders Brewery is right around the corner.
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    Old 01-22-2020, 11:47 AM   #14
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    Re: ***OFFICIAL Michigan Summer 2020***

    Don't need to tailgate when you are in the middle of a ton of great bars!

    But yes, an organized Ants meetup will be ideal. Generally the FB groups organize some meet ups as well.
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    Old 01-22-2020, 12:18 PM   #15
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    It would have been idyllic if it was at Fred meijer garden considering itís a very green driven tour.

    If people are looking for hotels I can recommend - Marriott Courtyard literally across the street from the arena.

    Thereís a couple new hotels in the area as well AC hotel which tends to be a little more expensive. Hyatt Place and Homewood Suites.

    More expensive but right on the river - JW Marriott, the Amway.

    Peppinos is a great meet up.. they have local and national beers on tap, and you can reserve the room for a larger group and is across the street from Van Andel!

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    Old 01-22-2020, 12:47 PM   #16
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    Going to Luke Combs in Grand Rapids next month, anyone ever been to stadium for concert? If so any tips? If its awesome, I might extend my vacation and drive up again from Chicago for show in June.
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    Going to Luke Combs in Grand Rapids next month, anyone ever been to stadium for concert? If so any tips? If its awesome, I might extend my vacation and drive up again from Chicago for show in June.


    Parking can be a pain in the butt, there is street parking but if youíre not in the area early enough expect to pay for parking. Nothing as outrageous as Chicago.

    Itís a great arena for concerts, I donít know if Iíve been to one yet I havenít enjoyed. Holds just under 10k.

    Thereís plenty of bars and breweries around. Not sure if youíd be staying or into drinking but thereís plenty to recommend outside of the nationally known founders.
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    lol I've seen Ariana Grande and Kanye West at Van Andel. And a bunch of hockey games. It's a cool venue. A little smaller than most indoor venues I would say (there aren't any major national sports teams that play there).

    The best part about it is that it's right in the center of downtown so there's a lot of fun stuff to see and do before and after the show!
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    Old 01-22-2020, 01:01 PM   #19
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    Never really been out on the town in Grand Rapids. Excited for it. Bringing my best friend who lives in KZoo to his first DMB show. Should be fun!
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    Old 01-22-2020, 01:15 PM   #20
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    Parking can be a pain in the butt, there is street parking but if you’re not in the area early enough expect to pay for parking. Nothing as outrageous as Chicago.

    It’s a great arena for concerts, I don’t know if I’ve been to one yet I haven’t enjoyed. Holds just under 10k.

    There’s plenty of bars and breweries around. Not sure if you’d be staying or into drinking but there’s plenty to recommend outside of the nationally known founders.
    Thanks. We are staying at JW and both big drinkers. Ive been to GR a couple times for breakfast, buts that about it. I have heard nothing but good things.

    Ticket prices for Luke Combs are insane on secondary market as I have yet to buy tickets. Really looking forward to it however.
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    Bringing my kids to this show. Driving up from Fort Wayne. Stoked
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    Old 01-22-2020, 02:45 PM   #22
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    Thanks. We are staying at JW and both big drinkers. Ive been to GR a couple times for breakfast, buts that about it. I have heard nothing but good things.

    Ticket prices for Luke Combs are insane on secondary market as I have yet to buy tickets. Really looking forward to it however.


    Are you gonna be in town before the Luke Coombs show too?

    Being that I live in GR now, and across the street from Van Andel I tend to wait to buy tickets to big/expensive acts and prices drop considerably! The only act that has not worked out for was Elton John, and by the time prices dropped the show had started and we were already doing something else.

    JW is a great place and just down the skywalk from where I am! They have an amazing breakfast!
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    Are you gonna be in town before the Luke Coombs show too?

    Being that I live in GR now, and across the street from Van Andel I tend to wait to buy tickets to big/expensive acts and prices drop considerably! The only act that has not worked out for was Elton John, and by the time prices dropped the show had started and we were already doing something else.

    JW is a great place and just down the skywalk from where I am! They have an amazing breakfast!
    Yes we are driving up early Saturday morning. Yes, I am definitely waiting until the last second and buying on stubhub, thats my go to for every sporting event/concert. Wait outside the venue and just monitor your phone.
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    Old 01-23-2020, 11:04 AM   #24
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    Now this thread will die out and be at the bottom of the tour lit until June 26th, lol.

    Maybe we can keep it alive?
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    Excited for a GR show! Been to several other concerts at Van Andel and always had a good time.

    Based on the seating chart on the warehouse, what are we the price of the purple and green seats are? $115 for pit, floor, and Purple lower levels? Then $85 for green. Blue and red are the ones you can opt out of?

    I've never sat in the upper level, so I don't really want to get stuck with the upper green ones through the warehouse if that is the case. Trying to decide the best way to request/purchase tickets.
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    Excited for a GR show! Been to several other concerts at Van Andel and always had a good time.

    Based on the seating chart on the warehouse, what are we the price of the purple and green seats are? $115 for pit, floor, and Purple lower levels? Then $85 for green. Blue and red are the ones you can opt out of?

    I've never sat in the upper level, so I don't really want to get stuck with the upper green ones through the warehouse if that is the case. Trying to decide the best way to request/purchase tickets.
    That would be my guess as well. I've sat in the upper deck once but it was side stage for another band. Wasn't terrible but I would rather be in the lower level / front floor. The view from any seat should be good as it is not a very big arena.

    The first two shows played there, I was on the floor both time about halfway back if I remember correctly.
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    Re: ***OFFICIAL Michigan Summer 2020***

    I never expect this thread to stay on top. With less people using Ants the only threads that really stay active are the threads for the travel shows/2 night weekend stops.
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    Excited for a GR show! Been to several other concerts at Van Andel and always had a good time.

    Based on the seating chart on the warehouse, what are we the price of the purple and green seats are? $115 for pit, floor, and Purple lower levels? Then $85 for green. Blue and red are the ones you can opt out of?

    I've never sat in the upper level, so I don't really want to get stuck with the upper green ones through the warehouse if that is the case. Trying to decide the best way to request/purchase tickets.
    I was wondering the exact same thing.
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    Excited for a GR show! Been to several other concerts at Van Andel and always had a good time.

    Based on the seating chart on the warehouse, what are we the price of the purple and green seats are? $115 for pit, floor, and Purple lower levels? Then $85 for green. Blue and red are the ones you can opt out of?

    I've never sat in the upper level, so I don't really want to get stuck with the upper green ones through the warehouse if that is the case. Trying to decide the best way to request/purchase tickets.

    Did you try emailing the Warehouse?
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    Old 01-23-2020, 04:30 PM   #30
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    Here I will help keep the hype up:

    Best Restaurants Nearby:
    Stella's - Hole in wall place, that has real good burgers and spicy food. Old fashioned arcade inside, and considered a whiskey bar. spicy fries which are great but can't remember the name
    Hopcat - Same owners as Stella's - more of a family restaurant, but a good choice of beer and food - cosmic fries are great - used to be called crack fries if that tells ya anything but our PC culture ruined it.
    Founders - IMO the best beer around (besides maybe bells) - this place is HUGE and has a sweet beer garden and good sandwiches
    Butchers Union - Best food in Grand Rapids IMO - also a whiskey bar - can get a burger for $10 or steak for $40.

    Good Bars:
    Peppinos - Just a big sports bar right around the corner that has decent food and typical beers
    The B.O.B. - 4 story bar with multiple restaurants - is a good place to hang before a show because they typically have specials and its right across the street

    Notable mentions:
    Grand Rapids Market - has Social restaurant which has a great brunch and slows bbq which is great
    Yesterdog - this is in east town but not too far, and has some grimey delicious hot dogs - open to like 3 am.

    There is A TON more than this, but these are my favorites. Pumped that DMB is heading to my city.
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