If there's one thing that I hate to see, it's another Michigan music venue shutting down for good.

The DeltaPlex Arena and Conference Center in Walker (near Grand Rapids) will be closing its doors on July 31.

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Joel Langlois, owner of the Deltaplex said they're closing after being impacted by so many different circumstances.

The effect of the Covid virus on our community was devastating, and the mandated shut down of our business for over 16 months created an extraordinary hardship.  During that time, many of our expenses did not stop while we saw little to no income.  The few events and facility use over that time were, for the most part, done without any expectation of rent and was done as part of our civic obligation to give back to our community during a difficult time.

He said so much was out of their control and they're simply at a point where they feel it's just time to move on.

Over the past 25 years, Lee Anne and I have been honored to come to know many wonderful people, many of which we now refer to as family. Our team of hard working and loyal staff, many great clients, City of Walker and the West Michigan community have all worked along-side of us to build this business.

According to MLive, the Deltaplex  was built in 1952 and originally operated as Stadium Arena. Later, it underwent a “ground-up restoration and remodeling” and reopened as The DetlaPlex in 1998.

I was lucky enough to attend a couple of shows at the Deltaplex a while back. In 2011 I saw Five Finger Death Punch with All That Remains and Hatebreed. That same year I saw 3 Doors Down with Pop Evil and Theory of a Deadman. There were others but those were the standout shows for me. It was a cool venue and another place in Michigan to see live music.

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