Circus opens tonight at Van Andel Arena

"The Greatest Show On Earth' will be at Van Andel Arena in downtown Grand Rapids tonight through Sunday. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus' "Barnum 200' will feature 130 performers from six continents; and almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates and mermaids.
Sep 15, 2011


Ringmaster Jonathan Lee Iverson invites the audience to leap aboard the Ringling train for an adventure to meet exotic characters and witness thrilling performances. The Flying Caceres will attempt to complete a quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze — a feat that hasn’t been mastered in more than three decades. The Puyang Troupe from China will bounce, flip and twirl to new heights on a two-tiered trampoline. The Mighty Meetal, the strongest man in the world, will attempt to lift more than 1,200 pounds.

Showtimes are 7 p.m. today and Friday; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Ticket holders may arrive an hour before show time for a free all-access pre-show to meet performers and animals, learn circus skills and enjoy a taste of the performance before the show starts.

Tickets are $15, $20 and $25. A limited number of $30 VIP floor seats, $41 front-row seats and $68 circus celebrity seats are available. All tickets for opening night, excluding premium seating (VIP, front row, circus celebrity) are $12.

All seats are reserved and available at or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or at the Van Andel Arena box office. For group rates and information, call 616-742-6185.


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