Fans Returning To Grand Rapids Griffins Games
Hockey fans, hockey fans, hockey fans, more are allowed to attend Grand Rapids Griffins games.
West Michigan loves its hockey and loves the Griffins and I am sure they are stoked to be able to get back into Van Andel Arena to support their team.
According to WOOD, Saturday, March 13 the Griffins take on the Rockford IceHogs and now 750 fans will be able to start attending games. It will be season ticket holder that will get first dibs on watching games in person.
So far this season the only people attending Griffins home games have been family members and a few friends but that number was capped off at 100.
750 people make a lot more noise than 100 and it is a step in the right direction for people being able to gather at a sporting event in Grand Rapids. This is a nice indicator that concerts could be right around the corner, small bands, but shows.
WOOD reported that Griffins team president Tim Gortsema said, "we feel an obligation to reach out to that fan base first and give them an opportunity to decide if they want to come to one or more games. Once we've satisfied their desire to come, then we'll make it available to the general public."
Now Van Andel Arena knows how important your safety is and that is why tickets will be paperless with no hand-to-hand contact. Plus tickets can be ordered by phone and if you have a large group, you will not be allowed to gather in the stands. There will be social distancing for all fans in the stands. Groups will be allowed in pods of 2 or 4.
The players and the staff are all pumped to have fans coming back to games soon.
Gortsema went on to say, "economics are still not good, not a profit-making number by any stretch. Make a great play, great goal, at least there's a better vibe in the building."
There are 13 more home games on the schedule for the remainder of the season and hopefully, fans coming back is just the beginning to what it to come as far as normalcy for people in West Michigan.