Take your dog to a Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game!

For years dog owners have had the opportunity to take their dog to the ballpark to watch a baseball game on special “Dog Days”. Now you have the opportunity to take your furry friend with you to a Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game!

It’s another Jake Engel Memorial Dog Game this hockey season! You can attend a Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game with your dog on Wednesday, April 6! The Griffins will face the Cleveland Monsters at Van Andel Arena. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

There will be special sections for dogs and their owners. You will be able to watch the game from the lower level sections of 110, 112, 114, 116, 118 and 120. Both humans and dogs need tickets. A ticket for you is $20 and a ticket for your dog is $5. All proceeds from Dog Tickets benefit Paws With A Cause.

If the Griffins win on April 6, there will be an added bonus…every fan in attendance can receive a free ticket to the game the following Wednesday on April 13. Wednesday’s winning tickets can be redeemed at the arena box office immediately after the game.

The Grand Rapids Griffins website lists a few “Doggie Details”:

  • All dogs and their owners must enter through the main hall
  • Upon entry, dog owners must sign and submit a waiver form.
  • Only one dog is allowed per fan, and all dogs must be on a leash at all times
  • Subscription members who bring their dog must move to a dog-only section for this game
  • Outdoor rescue stations will be located at the southeast and southwest corners of the Van Andel Arena near the dog areas.

Scott Winters and Moose

Photo: Scott Winters/Townsquare Media

A few years ago I took my little dog Moose to his first hockey game. I expected him to get nervous and we had to leave halfway through the game. To my surprise, he really enjoyed sitting there watching the action – and we ended up staying the whole game!

Moose at Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game

Photo: Scott Winters/Townsquare Media

An interesting part of the game that day… once in a while the sound of a doorbell would play over the speakers and all the dogs would start barking. This seems to be a universal cue for dogs to bark!

For more information and to purchase tickets for you and your dog, here is a link to the Grand Rapids Griffins website.

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