Honda Center

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Honda Center
The Pond
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Former namesAnaheim Arena (planning/construction)
Pond of Anaheim (1993)
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim (1993–2006)
Address2695 East Katella Avenue
LocationAnaheim, California
Coordinates33°48′28″N 117°52′36″W / 33.80778°N 117.87667°W / 33.80778; -117.87667Coordinates: 33°48′28″N 117°52′36″W / 33.80778°N 117.87667°W / 33.80778; -117.87667
Public transitAmtrak Metrolink (Southern California) Anaheim
OwnerCity of Anaheim
OperatorAnaheim Arena Management
CapacityHockey: 17,174 ;
Basketball: 18,336;
Concerts (center stage) 18,900; Concerts (end stage) 18,325
Theatre at the Honda Center: 8,400
Field size650,000 square feet (60,000 m2)
Construction
Broke groundNovember 8, 1990
OpenedJune 19, 1993
Construction costUS$123 million
($230 million in 2017 dollars[1])
ArchitectHOK Sport (now Populous)
Project managerTurner Construction
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti[2]
Services engineerSyska Hennessy Group, Inc.[3]
General contractorHuber, Hunt & Nichols[4]
Tenants
Anaheim Ducks (NHL) (1993–present)
Anaheim Bullfrogs (RHI/MLRH) (1994–1999)
Anaheim Splash (CISL) (1994–1997)
Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) (1994–1999)
Anaheim Piranhas (AFL) (1996–1997)
Anaheim Storm (NLL) (2004–2005)
UCLA Bruins (NCAA) (2011–2012)
Los Angeles Kiss (AFL) (2014–2016)

The Honda Center (formerly known as the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim) is an indoor arena located in Anaheim, California. The arena is home to the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League.

Originally named the Anaheim Arena during construction, it was completed in 1993 at a cost of US$123 million. Arrowhead Water paid $15 million for the naming rights over 10 years in October 1993.[5] In the short period of time between the enfranchisement of the Mighty Ducks and the naming rights deal with Arrowhead, Disney referred to the Arena as the Pond of Anaheim.[6] In October 2006, Honda paid $60 million for the naming rights for over 15 years.[7]

History[edit]

A panorama of Honda Center's exterior
Panorama of Honda Center's interior before a 2007 playoff hockey game
Honda Center in its basketball configuration before an NCAA basketball game
The New Scoreboard at Honda Center as seen from Section 438 during the 2016 Stanley Cup Play-offs on April 27, 2016

The arena opened on June 19, 1993, with a Barry Manilow concert as its first event. Since then, it has been host to a number of events, such as the 2003 and 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. On June 6, 2007, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators, 6–2, in game five of the Final at Honda Center to clinch the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship.[citation needed]

Honda Center has hosted several UFC events, starting with UFC 59 in 2006. It hosted the 2005 IBF World Championships for badminton in 2005.[citation needed]

From 1994 to 1998, it served as a second home for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. It was the home arena for the Anaheim Bullfrogs of Roller Hockey International from 1994 to 1999 and for the Anaheim Piranhas of the Arena Football League from 1996 to 1997.[citation needed]

This arena has also hosted a PBR Bud Light Cup (later Built Ford Tough Series) event annually since 1998. Since 1994, the arena has hosted the annual John R. Wooden Classic.[citation needed]

In 2011, the arena began hosting the Big West Conference Men's and Women's Basketball tournaments. The arena has also hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament six times, as the West Regional site – 1998, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2016. It even hosted the Frozen Four, the semifinals and final of the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship, in 1999, underscoring the popularity of hockey in the region.

On December 6, 2000, music legend Tina Turner played her last concert at the arena for the record breaking Twenty Four Seven Tour, but after popular demand, Turner returned to the arena before a sellout crowd on October 14, 2008, for her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour.

The Honda Center lies northeast across California State Route 57 from Angel Stadium (where Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play) and roughly 3 miles (4.8 km) from Disneyland Park. It is also across the street from Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center with service by Amtrak (Pacific Surfliner), Metrolink (Orange County Line), Anaheim Resort Transit, Orange County Transportation Authority and private transportation companies.

The arena seats up 17,174 for its primary tenant, the Ducks. It takes only five hours to convert Honda Center from a sporting arena to an 8,400-seat amphitheater. There are 84 luxury suites in the building, which has hosted 17.5 million people, as of 2003. In 2005, the arena became the first in the U.S. to have two full levels of 360° ribbon displays installed. Daktronics of Brookings, South Dakota, designed, manufactured and installed the 1,800 feet (550 m) of full-color LED technology. Outside the venue, the marquee was upgraded with two large video displays measuring 8 feet (2.4 m) high by 21 feet (6.4 m), and a new marquee was built with more LED video displays.[8]

Broadcom chairman Henry Samueli owns the company that operates the arena, Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, and the arena's primary tenant, the Ducks, giving him great flexibility in scheduling events and recruiting new tenants. Samueli hopes to bring an NBA team to the arena. In 2015, Samueli purchased the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League and, with the AHL incarnation of the Admirals relocating to San Diego to become the reactivated San Diego Gulls, it is anticipated that Samueli through Anaheim Arena Management will purchase Valley View Casino Center in that city in time for the 2015–16 AHL season. During the 2014–2015 NHL Season, it was announced that Honda Center would get a new scoreboard that will replace the one that was in place since its opening in 1993. The new scoreboard made its debut in a Ducks Preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings.[9]

Notable events[edit]

Ice Hockey[edit]

MMA & Pro Wrestling[edit]

Concerts[edit]

Honda Center has the second highest gross ticket sales from special events on the West Coast, following only Staples Center.[13] These events have included the following over the years:

2028 Summer Olympics[edit]

The arena will host indoor volleyball during the 2028 Summer Olympics. [15]

In Film & TV[edit]

Capacity[edit]

Largest Crowds[edit]

Hockey Basketball
# Date Opponent Score Attendance # Date Opponent Score Attendance
 1  Mar. 20, 2013 Blackhawks at Ducks 4–2, ANA 17,610 (102.54%)  1  Mar. 12, 1998 Lakers at Clippers 108–85, LAL 18,521 (101.76%)
 2  Feb. 26, 2012 Blackhawks at Ducks 3–1, ANA 17,601 (102.49%)  2  Feb. 4, 1997 Lakers at Clippers 108–86, LAC 18,462 (101.44%)
 3  May 12, 2009 Red Wings at Ducks 6-3, DET 17,601 (102.49%)  3  Feb. 25, 1999 Lakers at Clippers 115–100, LAL 18,456 (101.41%)
 4  Jan. 2, 2009 Flyers at Ducks 5–4, PHI (SO) 17,597 (102.46%)  4  Dec. 2, 1995 Bulls at Clippers 104–98, CHI 18,321 (100.66%)
 5  Apr. 8, 2011 Kings at Ducks 2–1, ANA 17,587 (102.40%)  5  Apr. 12, 1997 Nuggets at Clippers 116–94, LAC 18,211 (100.06%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  2. ^ http://s3.amazonaws.com/tt_assets/pdf/SportsEntertainmentBrochure.pdf
  3. ^ Syska Hennessy Group – Honda Center Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Honda Center". Hockey.ballparks.com. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
  5. ^ ovguide.com
  6. ^ In the 1993–94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim media guide, Disney and the Ducks organization referred to the arena as the "Pond of Anaheim." This was prior to the naming rights deal with Arrowhead Water. ASIN: B001EBD3BM
  7. ^ Shaikin, Bill; Johnson, Greg (July 20, 2006). "Pond to Get a New Name". Los Angeles Times.
  8. ^ "Daktronics Photo Gallery: Honda Center".
  9. ^ http://ducks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=776852
  10. ^ Haggerty, Kevin (2012-11-14). "UFC 157 set for Honda Center in Anaheim". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2012-11-14.
  11. ^ Danny Segura (2017-02-24). "UFC 214 in Anaheim changed to July 29". mmafighting.com. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  12. ^ Powell, John (April 2, 2000). "WrestleMania 2000 a flop". Slam! Sports. Canadian Online Explorer. Retrieved March 16, 2008.
  13. ^ Casacchia, Chris (April 4, 2011). "Royal Reach: NBA Team Would Boost Honda Center Business, Bring Challenges". Orange County Business Journal. 34 (14): 66.
  14. ^ "'SMTOWN LIVE WORLD TOUR Ⅲ' to be Held in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo and LA!". S.M.Entertainment Official Facebook. 3 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-04
  15. ^ http://la24-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/pdf/LA2024-canditature-part2_english.pdf

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