Wings Stadium plays host to more than just board-slamming checks during the Kalamazoo Wings' home hockey games. On select days, the 8,023-seat venue opens its frozen confines to amateurs interested in all sorts of winter sports. Skaters of all ages can glide across the smooth ice during open-skating sessions, and members of the Kalamazoo Curling Club practice and face off throughout the fall and winter. On weekend nights, hockey fans can bring their own skates to a K-Wings home game and finish their night skating and checking the ice for lost incisors.
The nationally ranked Western Michigan Broncos hockey squad is coming off satisfying wins against 12th-ranked Michigan State and look to continue their run toward a bid in the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship tournament. Immerse yourself in the raucous atmosphere of a college hockey game as you watch goalkeeper Nick Pisellini stick-flicking center Max Campbell, and the Broncos squad as they shoot, skate, and pontificate on the ice.
Counterpoint Pilates uses Balanced Body Pilates and Stotts fitness equipment in combination with fully certified Stott Pilates training to promote noodlelike flexibility, chiseled core muscles, and brawny backs. Classes on the schedule are designed to benefit all fitness and age levels, including sprightly teens, stiff-bodied seniors, and middle-aged cupcake muggers. For one-on-one muscle molding, private sessions are customized to the needs and goals of each Pilates patron, promoting personalized feedback for brisker betterment of the body. Located in the historic Rose Street Market Building, Counterpoint Pilates provides validated parking across the street. Click here for more details about parking and classes.
Voted Best Italian Restaurant in 2010 by the readers of the Kalamazoo Gazette, Erbelli's and their elite squad of dough gurus dish out an eclectic array of pizza pies and traditional Italian eats. Famished patrons can customize their own gourmet pizzas with one of eight different crusts, including original hand-tossed, deep-dish, gluten-free, or whole-wheat crust, and a plethora of meat toppings, types of cheese, veggies, and seasonings. Erbelli's in-house specialties include the Disco Q pizza, a homemade Cajun crust covered in blue cheese, spicy wood-grilled smoked chicken, mozzarella, and sharp cheddar, and the Grizzly Bear pizza, jam-packed with six fresh meats including meatballs, genoa salami, and spicy capicola ($15.39+ each). Diners seeking noncircular chow can peruse the menu for Italian favorites such as chicken mushrella calzone—crammed with pizza sauce, fresh mushrooms, and grilled chicken ($7.99+)—and the smoked turkey breast and ham submarine sandwich ($5.99+). Vegetarians or time-traveling brontosauri will relish the assortment of fresh salads and carb-fiending customers will get their noodle fix from the selection of pastas.
Voted Best Athletic Club by Kalamazoo Gazette readers in 2010, West Hills Athletic Club helps guests achieve their health goals with engaging instructors and a varied approach to fitness. The complex offers 11 body-bettering group classes for sweat junkies of all skill levels. The Body Blast class employs a variety of resistance equipment to amp up strength with total-body conditioning, and the Cardio Boxing class marries intense kickboxing moves and dance choreography set to a high-octane soundtrack to kick start cardiovascular systems.
Pinz Kalamazoo celebrates classic tenpin competition throughout the week with open hours, league opportunities, and cosmic bowling sessions. On top of all 36 synthetic bowling surfaces, bowlers can await upcoming frames while relaxing on luxury couches or peering deep into flat-screen television sets. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the lanes take on glowing hues that emulate the experience of bowling under the Northern Lights without the inconvenience of getting frostbite. At the onsite bar and grill, guests can snack on hearty pub selections including burgers, wraps, corn dogs, and barbecue nachos. Pinz Kalamazoo’s game room is equipped with pool tables, air-hockey tables, dartboards, and a digital jukebox capable of plucking old 45s from the far reaches of the Internet.
Slip ‘n’ slides. Mud pits. Tire runs. A tarzan swing. Regardless of whether you choose the 1.5- or 3.5-mile route, the Muddy Patriot has one goal in mind: to get you dirty. With adrenaline pumping and live music from The Bronk Bros. filling the air, racers aged 13 and older take on the Muddy Patriot obstacle course, which is made, like a pig’s-dream montage, almost entirely of mud.
Though it may technically be considered a competition, Muddy Patriot’s founder, Chris Bushart, intended it to be fun, first and foremost. As a veteran of the United States Navy, Bushart’s time spent traversing the globe made him realize how much he loved his country and how much he wanted to give back. The Muddy Patriot not only brings excitement to Michiganders for a day, but also supports local businesses and children’s charities such as Safe Harbor Children’s Advocacy Center.