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See For Yourself Why LMCU Ballpark is a Popular Grand Rapids Event Venue

LMCU Ballpark is well acquainted with the logistics required to juggle thousands of people driving hundreds of cars making dozens of different requests. After all, the facility staff performs these duties more than 60 times each summer during West Michigan Whitecaps home games.

It’s one of the reasons why LMCU Ballpark is such a popular Grand Rapids event venue. Baseball fans love to hear crack of the bat, smell fresh popcorn, and watch Saturday night fireworks shows.

A happy fan enjoys a Whitecaps game in the summer sun.

Of course, LMCU Ballpark is much more than just a minor league baseball facility. Each year, West Michigan’s largest outdoor event space also serves as a graduation venue for area high schools, colleges, and universities. And as trade show and conference venue for local businesses and organizations. And as a carnival and fair venue. And more.

In fact, LMCU Ballpark can even host all of those events at the same time.

For example, that will be the case during the week of May 16, 2022, when LMCU Ballpark will have the opportunity to simultaneously hold the following events over the course a seven-day span:

  • Three high school commencement ceremonies
  • One carnival
  • One business show
  • One high school baseball game

“It’s never boring at LMCU Ballpark!” Special Events Manager April Butler said. “You might find Mike (Klint, Facility Events Manager) attending to a high school game or a carnival in the parking lot, while Chelsea (VanderWal, Special Events Coordinator) is taking care of a meeting in the Stadium Club, and I’m wrangling in the logistics of a company picnic.

“The Whitecaps are a team, both on and off the field, and so is our staff. When it comes to special events, we are experts in all types of events and creating memorable, turnkey experiences for our guests.”

RELATED LINK: LMCU Ballpark Event Calendar

When It Comes to Graduation Venues, LMCU Ballpark Makes the Grade

With its ability to accommodate thousands of families, faculty, and friends, LMCU Ballpark has been a popular outdoor graduation venue for many years – and 2022 is certainly no different. The week of May 16 kicks off with private commencement ceremonies that are sure to be memorable for students from these local schools:

  • May 16: Forest Hills Northern High School
  • May 17: Forest Hills Central High School
  • May 18: Forest Hills Eastern High School  
FHC Class of 2021 celebration

Later that week, the Forest Hills Northern baseball team also is scheduled to face Unity Christian High School at 4 p.m. on May 20. The two high school teams will have the privilege of playing on one of the best surfaces in all of minor league baseball, along with access to the following LMCU Ballpark features:

  • Stadium quality audio system
  • State-of-the-art LED videoboard
A player for GRCC couldn’t be happier to be playing on the field at LMCU Ballpark.

The Whitecaps are far from the only sports team that gets to take the field at LMCU Ballpark. Each year, a variety of high school and college teams get an opportunity to make a lifetime of memories playing at the same facility where hundreds of future Major League Baseball players have gotten their starts.  

LMCU Ballpark is Versatile Enough to Serve as Both a Conference and Carnival Venue

The busy week at LMCU Ballpark continues when not one, but two unique events simultaneously start on May 19:

The Carnival at Whitecaps Stadium

The carnival experience is fun for all ages.

From May 19-May 23, families can enjoy carnival rides, games, and fun for all ages. Carnival rides will require between 3-6 tickets, with the exception of the popular “Top Gun” attraction, which requires either 12 tickets or an unlimited ride wristband plus four additional tickets.

Individual tickets will be available for 4-for-$5. Sheets of 50 tickets will be $50. Unlimited ride wristbands also can be purchased for $30 either on-site or ahead of the event. Please note that height restrictions for rides may apply. To purchase tickets in advance, please click here.

Master Spas Spring Show

From May 19-May 22, Master Spas of West Michigan will host its annual memorial sale featuring more than $1 million worth of inventory from many of its top brands and paratners. Some of the great deals that will be available to attendees include $500-$1,000 off select spas and $1,000-$2,500 off swim spas (Please note that spring show deals cannot be combined with other discounts or factory offers.)

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Discover Grand Rapids’ Best-Kept Secret Event Venue

The West Michigan Whitecaps, who are the High-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, regularly play their homes games in front of thousands of fans at LMCU Ballpark. And during your average baseball season, the Whitecaps will be scheduled to play in front of their home fans exactly 66 times, not including postseason games.

That also means that there are nearly 300 days when LMCU ballpark ISN’T hosting a Whitecaps matchup. Did you ever wonder what goes on at LMCU Ballpark on those dates? (Spoiler alert: It’s a lot.)

More importantly, did you ever wonder how you could take advantage of West Michigan’s largest outdoor multipurpose event venue?

Because while thousands enjoy the roaring crowds, towering home runs, and spectacular fireworks shows at Whitecaps games each summer, LMCU Ballpark is so much more than just a baseball venue.

A fall evening with dinner on the concourse

LMCU Ballpark Can Host Just About Any Event You Can Imagine!

Of course, there’s a good chance you may have already visited LMCU Ballpark during a non-baseball event. Perhaps you have visited during the holidays with your family to see West Michigan’s largest Christmas light display. Or maybe you joined your friends to sample the latest craft brews at the Winter or Spring Beer Festivals. And there might have been a time or two that you slipped on your athletic shoes for one of the myriad 5K runs the ballpark has hosted over the years.

Guests enjoy Winter Beerfest 2022

There’s also a chance you don’t know what you’re missing.

For nearly 30 years, LMCU Ballpark has hosted hundreds of different events. Here is a short list of the most-popular ways people and companies are continuing to take advantage of an event venue that features a capacity of more than 10,000, eight hospitality decks, two indoor clubs, two lawn seating areas, and 21 luxury suites.

Athletic Events
The Whitecaps may get to call LMCU Ballpark home, but dozens of high school, college, and amateur sports teams get the opportunity to play at one of West Michigan’s premier outdoor venues. In addition to playing on one of the best playing surfaces in all of minor league baseball, here are a few amenities that make LMCU Ballpark appealing to all types of sporting events:

  • Professional-style clubhouse amenities
  • On-field bullpens
  • Private batting cages
  • Stadium quality audio system
  • State of the art 28′ x 56′ LED videoboard

Company Picnics
Looking to make your next corporate event memorable? Many of Grand Rapids’ largest and most well-known companies have taken advantage of LMCU Ballpark for their company picnics. Regardless of whether the Whitecaps are playing at home or not, the ballpark has many great options as a corporate event venue, including:

  • An easily accessible parking lot located right off highway U.S. 131 that can be used for carnival rides, games, and road races.
  • Access to an award-winning playing surface that can accommodate dozens or even hundreds of employees and family members.
  • Outdoor decks that can hold up to 300 people and provide excellent vantagepoints of the field during games. 

Did you know that Bob Dylan, Counting Crows, Ed Sheeran, and many more have performed live at Grand Rapids’ largest outdoor concert venue? What makes the ballpark so popular with performers, promoters, and show owners?   

Consider the following amenities:

  • Fully integrated audio and visual capabilities
  • State of the art LED videoboard
  • Full-time events staff
  • Privately owned facility with in-house food and beverage operations
  • Conveniently located minutes north of downtown Grand Rapids

One of the most notable outdoor winter festivals in all of Michigan is hosted annually at LMCU Ballpark. Hosted by the Michigan Brewers Guild, the Winter Beer Festival annually brings more than 100 Michigan breweries with more than 1,000 unique beers.

Craft beer fans enjoy the brews at Winter Beerfest.

But that’s only one example. LMCU has hosted a wide array of different festivals in the parking lots, stadium, and outdoor hospitality areas.

Holiday Parties
Since baseball is played in the spring and summer, you have a prime opportunity to host your holiday party at one of the most unique event venues in West Michigan. For example, the Pepsi Stadium Club is available year-round and can accommodate up to 175 people with the following event venue features:

  • Climate controlled indoor space
  • Private bar
  • Extensive catering menu
  • Full-time chef
  • Restrooms
  • ADA compliant
  • Complementary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary audio/visual
  • Free parking
  • Dedicated event planners
A casino night setup for a holiday celebration in the Pepsi Stadium Club.

Meetings and Conferences
A baseball stadium can be the unique feature that helps your meeting or conference stand out. Throw in modern amenities, turnkey service, and an experienced staff and your next event will be even more unforgettable. LMCU Ballpark is a great meeting venue for all types of activities, including:

  • Seminars
  • Trade shows
  • Networking luncheons and dinners
  • Team-building activities
  • Job fairs
  • Workshops

A Variety of Spaces Designed for Your Specific Event Venue Needs

Not only can LMCU Ballpark accommodate just about any event you can image – go on, just try and stump us – but we offer a variety of spaces designed to fit your needs without breaking the budget, including:

  • Parking Lot: Large enough to handle 10,000 people and easily accessible from the highway, you can set up carnival rides, games, hold a race, or just use the two-plus acres of parking lots for easy in and out traffic.
  • Field: Think about what it would be like to use the same playing surface where hundreds of future Major League Baseball players have gotten their starts.  Spread out across the outfield and watch a movie on the state-of-the-art LED videoboard or install in a stage at home plate and listen to your favorite band.
  • Miller Lite House Deck: Overlooking centerfield, LMCU Ballpark’s largest deck can hold up to 300 people and is a great setting for company picnics – regardless of whether the Whitecaps happen to be playing that day.
  • Pepsi Stadium Club: The indoor, spacious room overlooks centerfield, can hold up to 175 people and is open year-round for your meeting or party.
  • Super Suite: The views from above the field can give you a refreshing break from the typical conference room setting and accommodated up to 30 people. The Super Suite is open from April–October.
  • Founders Rooftop Deck: With space for up to 200 people and great views of the field and stadium, this outdoor deck is a great spot for business meetings.

Ready to book the largest outdoor event venue in West Michigan?

Maybe it’s time to rethink your next event. And your next event venue.

You can start by visiting our stadium events schedule to see if the dates you are interested in are available. Then you can reach out to our experienced staff, which is ready to make your meeting, conference, and party something no one will ever forget.

If you would like to inquire about our unique event venues or obtain a quote, please call (616) 784-4131 or fill out the short contact form here.

Follow the rainbow to your next event!

Taco & Tequila Fest – SOLD OUT!

Taco and Tequila Fest coming back to Grand Rapids
Festival returns to LMCU Ballpark after canceling event due to COVID in 2020

Grand Rapids is bringing back the Taco and Tequila festival to LMCU ballpark on May 7, 2022. The previous event was canceled in 2020 due to COVID 19 restrictions with a scaled back private event later that fall. The previous event sold out after only two weeks of ticket sales and the 2022 version sold out just as fast!

The event will be hosted by Outlier Events and the West Michigan Whitecaps. Outlier Events also hosts a number of other popular events across the country including Donut and Beer Fest, and Michigan’s Mac and Cheese Festival.

The event is a celebration of Michigan’s best tacos, tequila and all things tasty. Taco & Tequila Fest will feature Mexican cuisine sampling, unique tequila selections from around the world and decadent mixed drinks from local vendors along with international beer and dessert sampling. The event also brings in mariachi bands, games and other entertainment elements to the ballpark.

Outlier Events are hosting the festival in partnership with the West Michigan Whitecaps and the Whitecaps Community Foundation, to bring exciting and safe events to the community for both local residents and out of town visitors to enjoy.

“We are thrilled to be able to bring this event back to this community. This event has sold out every year, but we were blown away by how Grand Rapids responded in 2020. We can’t wait to finally bring this fest to life this May.” said festival founder Brian Colopy.

While guests explore the countless food and beverage options, there will also be live music, yard games, inflatables, and of course, Lucha Libre Wrestling. Through a People’s Choice vote, attendees will crown the best taco vendor at the event.

All ages are welcome to attend Taco & Tequila Fest, and children 3 and under have free admission with an adult. Ticket options include a $53 VIP admission with 1 hour early entry in addition to 5 taco samples and 10 tequila or mixed drink samples and a $38 general admission option with 3 taco samples and 5 tequila or mixed drink samples of your choosing. For the kids and designated drivers, a $28 “Just the Tacos” option is available with 3 taco samples along with soda/water. Tickets for Taco & Tequila are SOLD OUT.