Sports events are amount the top things to do in West Michigan. The city of Grand Rapids and its surrounding suburbs host an array of events and games the residents love and enjoy. Many of the sporting events draw thousands of tourist and visitors each year. Here are just 5 of the top sporting events to consider attending if you are ever in West Michigan.
West Michigan Whitecaps
When the weather warms up it is the perfect time to attend a baseball game in West Michigan. The Whitecaps are an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers (MLB). Their home games are played in the city of Comstock Park, a nearby suburb of Grand Rapids at Fifth Third Ballpark. The team has raked in an amazing five league titles in 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006, and 2007. The games have an exciting environment, great food, and excellent baseball.
Grand Rapids Griffins
In the winter a Griffins game is the place to be in Grand Rapids. The Griffins are also an affiliate of a Detroit professional sports team, the Detroit Red Wings (NHL). The Griffins take place in the vibrant downtown area of Grand Rapids at the Van Andel Arena. The team has won numerous regular season championships, division championships, conference championships, and recently a Calder Cup. The games not only offer great hockey but also wonderful food and beer.
Grand Valley State University Lakers (Football)
The GVSU Lakers are a well-known and well respected powerhouse of sports teams competing at the NCAA Division II conference level. The games are played in Lubbers Stadium in the town of Allendale with a stadium capacity of almost 11,000 people. Because of the popular of the games the capacity has the tendency to exceed 11,000 by a large amount. The team has won four national titles, two of which came back-to-back in the 2005 and 2006 seasons where the team also went undefeated. The Lakers overall winning percentage is at an outstanding 0.729 which is fourth for all teams in the entire NCAA football divisions. Lakers games are exciting, thrilling, and electrifying, offering exhilarating entertainment for those who attend.
Fifth Third Riverbank Run
The Fifth Third Riverbank Run is a large road running race put on by Fifth Third Bank. The race takes place in Grand Rapids and it draws over 20,000 participants that not only come from West Michigan but also from all over the world. Its distances are 5K, 10K, and 25K. In fact, the race has the largest 25K road race in the United States. The races are great for people of all age groups who enjoy running and staying fit.
The Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon
The Grand Rapids Marathon markets itself as a set of races established for runners by runners while using “celebrity pace” times to increase the excitement. Some of the pace times include George W. Bush’s 3:44, Oprah Winfrey’s 4:29, Will Ferrell’s 3:56, and P. Diddy’s 4:14. The races include events for children, marathon relay, fitness expo, 5k, 10K, and of course the main event marathon. The race takes runners on a great route through downtown Grand Rapids and even the beautiful beach of Millennium Park. Because the races are fast course and they can help qualify participants for the world famous Boston Marathon. If running is a hobby of yours or an interest this event is a great opportunity to get some exercise while having fun.
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