GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Sports Business Journal on Monday named Grand Rapids-Comstock Park, Mich., as the “Top Minor League Market” in the United States, the latest in an extensive list of national honors for the West Michigan region.
The market, which Sports Business Journal defines as including the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins, the Midwest League’s West Michigan Whitecaps and the NBA G League’s Grand Rapids Drive, completes its ascendency in the publication’s biennial rankings. Grand Rapids-Comstock Park ranked sixth in 2017 after claiming the final spot in the top 10 in 2015.
“I think it’s a validation of what we’re doing here, the work that’s being done from a franchise level,” said Griffins president Tim Gortsema, who has been with the team since before the first puck dropped in 1996. “But it’s a larger validation for the community and the outpouring of support that West Michigan has had for the Griffins, the Whitecaps and the Drive for years.