Mercy Health signs letter of intent for fifteen-year commitment
Muskegon, Mich. (October 23, 2019) – Mercy Health has signed a letter of intent with the City of Muskegon to become the naming rights sponsor of the L.C. Walker Arena. The arena name will be changed to Mercy Health Arena by the end of the year, with updated signage coming in January 2020. This fifteen-year commitment will cover the renaming and rebranding of the facility and ensure the sustainability of the arena for the future.
The L.C. Walker Arena was named after the late Louis Carlisle Walker, a leading Muskegon industrialist at the turn of the 20th century, and a major contributor to the $1.5 million arena in 1960. Today, the arena is a major destination for sports and entertainment in the West Michigan community. Every year, 100,000 people attend this arena’s more than 50 sporting events, concerts and other special events.
“The L.C. Walker Arena has long been a great asset to our downtown,” said Frank Peterson, city manager of Muskegon. “I’m excited that Mr. Walker’s vision, creating a vibrant year-round downtown, lives on today. His gift to our community and our new partnership with Mercy Health will help ensure that this community asset is here for generations to come.”
Over the past four years, the City of Muskegon has invested more than $4 million in the arena to upgrade concession areas and restrooms, replace the roof and replace the facility’s boiler and dehumidification systems. Mercy Health’s sponsorship will keep the momentum going and sustain the improvements that have already been made.
“Mercy Health is committed to caring for our community. It is vital to Mercy Health’s long-term strategy that the revitalization of downtown Muskegon continues,” said Gary Allore, president, Mercy Health Muskegon. “The arena is home to so many events that are important to our community. This is an opportunity for us to continue investing in a community we care deeply about, a place where our patients and our colleagues come and enjoy many offerings from this arena.”
About the City of Muskegon
The City of Muskegon is located in Western Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan. The City covers 18 square miles, including 4 miles of water, with a 2010 census population of 38,401 and is the largest city on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The City is located in Muskegon County and is home to many outstanding sports, recreation and cultural activities.
About the L.C. Walker Arena
The L.C. Walker Arena and Events Center is the home of the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League (USHL). Additionally, the arena hosts the Muskegon Risers indoor soccer team, West Michigan Ironmen indoor football team as well as concerts, youth hockey leagues, public skating, graduation, circuses and much more. The L.C. Walker Arena was completed in 1960 and gifted to the City of Muskegon by Louis Carlisle Walker, the founder of the Muskegon-based Shaw-Walker furniture company and has recently undergone a series of renovations and improvements.
About Mercy Health
Mercy Health is a regional, multi-campus, Catholic health care system serving West Michigan and the lakeshore with four hospital campuses, more than 90 physician offices, more than 1,300 medical staff physicians, more than 800 hospital beds and more than 9,000 colleagues, and hospice, home health and long-term care service offerings. Mercy Health Physician Partners, our multi-specialty medical group, employs more than 700 physicians and advanced practice professionals in Grand Rapids, Muskegon, Holland and the lakeshore. Mercy Health has annual operating revenues of about $1.4 billion and returns about $80 million to its communities annually through charity care and community benefit programs. Mercy Health, a member of Trinity Health, is committed to being a trusted health partner for life, transforming the communities we serve, by providing high-quality care that is the most accessible, compassionate and personalized in West Michigan. Visit us at MercyHealth.com.