Events and Booking Information

Exterior of Ford Fieldhouse facing uphill on Lyon street

The Ford Fieldhouse makes for an excellent venue for special and community events of all types.  The facility has an experienced and well seasoned event operating staff, is located in the central part of the downtown Grand Rapids metropolitan area, and is in close proximity to area hotels, restaurants, and other entertainment centers.  Ample parking is available in closed and secure parking facilities, immediately adjacent the facility at a significantly reduced cost. Additionally, many amenities such as catering, lighting, sound, advanced production and show build out services are also available.  Any one interested in discussing the possibility of hosting a special or community event is encouraged to contact the Events Director at (616) 234-2575.

Sporting Events

The recently renovated main arena portion of the Ford Fieldhouse makes for an outstanding sporting venue.  It has new lighting systems, sound and sound reinforcement systems, and a state of the art floor system.  The fan friendly facilities of the Ford Fieldhouse provide for outstanding visibility of the competition courts.  The facility is well suited for basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and virtually any other type of indoor sport.  It has a seating capacity of 3,500 for most sporting activities.  The usual sporting event support services as related to athletic training, media support, and sports information services are also available.


The main arena portion of the Ford Fieldhouse has 30,000 square feet of unobstructed viewing space.  The room can be easily sub-divided into smaller portions when needed.  We have the capacity to seat and serve up to 1,500 for formal dinners and banquets.  Our food service can range from the very simple buffet to the very complex multi-course plated dinner service, depending on the needs of each individual client.  In some situations, bar service may also be available upon client request. The seating format can be at the traditional banquet style table, or at the round table type of service seating either eight or ten persons per table, depending on the needs of the client.

Trade Shows

The Ford Fieldhouse has very good experience with small to medium sized trade, market, and/or consumer shows.  The facility can accommodate up to 200 exhibit booths for trade and consumer shows.  All of the usual and customary show support type services are available to facilitate shows such as the ones listed above.

General Entertainment & Stage Shows

The Ford Fieldhouse also has an extensive track record conducting general stage presentations.  This can include anything from selected concert presentations, to lectures, to business meetings and presentations, to political presentations.  The facility either has, or can arrange for all of the support equipment and service necessary to stage any type of formal presentation necessary.

General Recreation Events

The Ford Fieldhouse makes an excellent destination for groups such as church groups, school organizations, convention groups, or any other group of individuals seeking a place to engage in either physical athletic competition, or just plan individual social and recreational exercise and fitness activities. There are spaces available for traditional activities such as basketball and volleyball, along with a complete aquatic center, cardio fitness training center, and strength training areas, as well as areas for social activity such as dance, film, food and beverage, and large imported games.

Aquatic Events

The Natatorium or pool facilities of the Ford Fieldhouse provide for a wide range of aquatic related services.  Large scale swimming meets and events can be hosted. Group swim parties and swim lessons are also held on a regular basis.  We also offer specialized aquatic training for clients with special and specific needs.