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About the 2016 WCHA Final Five
College hockey's premier conference tournament – the WCHA Final Five – returns to Grand Rapids, Mich. and the Van Andel Arena® on March 18 and 19, 2016. The four winning teams from the WCHA's best-of-three, quarterfinal round playoff series advance to West Michigan to compete for the prestigious Broadmoor Trophy and an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Located in the heart of Michigan's second-largest city, the Van Andel Arena was site of the 2014 WCHA Final Five.
In 2015, the WCHA championship game was the only one in college hockey to pit a pair of top-five, nationally ranked teams as No. 2 Minnesota State defeated No. 4 Michigan Tech to win the school's second consecutive Broadmoor Trophy.
Van Andel Arena® is the premier entertainment facility in West Michigan. Van Andel Arena and Grand Rapids offer the perfect destination for entertainment, great food, local brews and friendly faces throughout the walkable downtown area.
Since marking its Grand Entrance on October 8, 1996, the 12,000-plus capacity, SMG-managed Van Andel Arena has attracted the biggest names in family shows, concerts and sporting events. Throughout its nineteen years in existence, the community support has been fabulous. Since opening, it has had numerous sell-outs in everything ranging from concerts to family events and major sports, such as Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Bob Seger, Kid Rock, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Eric Church, Eagles, Kevin Hart, Janet Jackson, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Fleetwood Mac and Aerosmith. The venue hosts over 150 events a year.
The arena is also home to the AHL Grand Rapids Griffins, who won the Calder Cup in 2013. The Griffins were honored by the league for Overall Ticket Sales Growth Award and Digital Media Award for the Western Conference. This marks the second consecutive year in which Grand Rapids has earned the Digital Media Award and the second season overall that it has secured the Overall Ticket Sales Growth Award (2008-09).
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