An agreement has been approved for a 12,000-capacity riverfront amphitheater that will be in downtown Grand Rapids which means more shows for West Michigan.

Get our free mobile app

What The New Amphitheater Will Mean to West Michigan

City of Grand Rapids
City of Grand Rapids
loading...

For the last couple of years, there has been a lot of talk about a 12,000-capacity outdoor amphitheater coming to downtown Grand Rapids. We've seen them getting closer and closer to making this amphitheater a reality as talked about here.

crowd of people at concert or show, abstract blur
johny007pan/ThinkStock/GettyStock
loading...

Outdoors shows are great and with an amphitheater coming to Grand Rapids, there may be no need to travel anywhere else to see a show. This new amphitheater, Van Andel Arena, GLC Live at 20 Monroe, DeVos Performance Hall, The Intersection, Belknap Park, Meijer Gardens, and a host of smaller venues and parks mean that any size show can fit in this market. Even multiple shows at the same time.

12,000-Capacity Amphitheater Gets Approved for Downtown Grand Rapids

City of Grand Rapids
City of Grand Rapids
loading...

MLive reported that on Friday, August 5, the Grand Rapids-Kent County Convention/Arena Authority (CAA) made an agreement with Grand Antion 2.0 that states the CAA who runs Van Andel will be the owner and operator of the amphitheater.

492021697
monkeybusinessimages/ThinkStock/GettyStock
loading...

There will be 12,000 smiles once the new amphitheater is finally built and open to the public.

businesswoman and businessman signing contract in the office
BernardaSv/ThinkStock/GettyStock
loading...

While the ink is drying on the agreement that says CAA is the owner and operator of the forthcoming amphitheater, Grand Action 2.0 is an active partner along with the city of Grand Rapids on this $116 million amphitheater. $50 million of the investment will more than likely come from private investors.

Niall Carson/PA Images/Getty Images
Niall Carson/PA Images/Getty Images
loading...

Construction will more than likely begin in 2024 but so far a timeline has not been given. Other projects are already taking place like the sewer work that has been going on in downtown Grand Rapids. The design of the venue still needs to take place but as of today, we are a giant step closer to breaking ground for the new amphitheater.

MORE: Seven Great Michigan Concert Venues

Detroit Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Members

10 Detroit Singers in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

More From 98.7 WFGR