Whenever you hear this advice,  “The influx of vehicles in Grand Rapids for this event is greater than the available parking options,” run with it and get here earlier than early!

Mlive.com talked with Pam Ritsema, GR's managing director of the Parking Services Department who is gearing up for the more than 15,000 people that are expected to attend the Get Motivated seminar on Thursday.

What's so special about this event? 

Big names like General Colin Powell, retired televangelist Robert Schuller, former New York Mayor Rudy Guiliani, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw and former Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz will be here to talk about their careers and what made them so successful.

Doors at Van Andel Arena open at 6:45 a.m., and you will have the option to park in a remote lot to be commuted in by a variety of local transportation services.  Click here to find out where to park.

You can also receive parking updates via Twitter at @DowntownGR.