Playoff games bring business to downtown GR

Grand Rapids Griffins fans watch the team during warm ups (May 2, 2014).

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Griffins hit the ice Tuesday night and as the team defends the Calder Cup, businesses in downtown Grand Rapids are looking at staffing levels for the next three days.

The Griffins host Game 3 of the western conference semifinals; they are down two games in the best-of-7 series. Games 4 and 5 are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday night in Grand Rapids.

Some restaurants and bars around Van Andel Arena, like HopCat, are taking a closer look at having additional staff for the big crowds the next few nights.

Business managers say the regular Griffins games bring in a lot of extra business and the playoffs are just a bonus; especially coming off of the weekend with all of the extra customers from the Riverbank Run.

The Griffins will face off with the Texas Stars at 7 p.m. at the Van Andel Arena. There are still tickets available if you want to catch the game and you can get $2 beers and $2 hot dogs for all the playoff games.

Before Tuesday’s game, the Griffins organization are going to be making a big announcement. Griffins leaders will announce a TV agreement. The agreement will be most extensive television broadcast package in the Griffins’ franchise history.

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