L.C. Walker Arena to become Mercy Health Arena

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Muskegon’s L.C. Walker Arena will have a new name by the end of the year.

The building will be renamed Mercy Health Arena and new signage will be installed in January 2020.

It was originally named after Louis Carlisle Walker, a Muskegon industrialist who was a major contributor to the construction of the arena in 1960.

The City of Muskegon has invested over $4 million over the last four years to upgrade concession areas and restrooms, replace the roof and the facility’s boiler and dehumidification systems.

A release says Mercy Health’s sponsorship will keep the momentum going for the arena, which hosts about 100,000 people every year at sporting events, concerts and other events.

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  • WebbK

    While it is good that Mercy Health is helping to sustain the LC Walker Arena, I find it shameful that essential health clinics and programs that serve the most vulnerable in the Grand Rapids community are closing.

    “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.”

    Why is Mercy Health investing in an Arena that does not provide health care but not keeping clinics open that perform the above quote? I work and live in the Grand Rapids community and have always gone to Mercy because they give the impression of putting patients first, not business. I have specifically gone there because they care for the most needy in the community and I admire that. I want to support that. I even donate to The Foundation and clothing/hygiene items to the clinics, so when I heard from my doctor that they were closing, I was taken aback.

    We need health care institutions to provide health care, not partner with Arenas or have celebrity spokespeople. Mercy is becoming a business.

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