Honda Center stands as one of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the country. Opened in 1993, the venue is owned by the City of Anaheim and managed by Anaheim Arena Management, LLC. Home to the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, the arena annually hosts multiple top-name concerts, exciting sporting events and family favorites such as the Harlem Globetrotters, Stars on Ice and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 2012, capacity crowds have filled Honda Center for world class acts such acts as Van Halen, One Direction, The Black Keys, Rush, Bruce Springsteen and more.
Honda Center was recently ranked one of the World’s Top 10 Arenas of the Decade by Venues Today Magazine, as part of the publication’s 10-year anniversary issues. The venue is also a seven-time finalist for “Venue of the Year” by Pollstar Magazine.
Honda Center continues to make improvements to the facility, all in the interest of creating a great experience for every visiting fan. Set to open in September 2013 is The Grand Terrace Project which includes a 15,000 square foot indoor-outdoor entertainment space, a new Wolfgang Puck restaurant as well as an expanded team store. Recently installed throughout the venue, the state-of-the-art Cisco StadiumVision platform, which incorporates more than 500 HD Monitors into the venue, replacing all static signage and creating a world class immersive live entertainment experience. Other recent upgrades include the addition of free public WiFi and multiple upgraded food and beverage options.
Honda Center offers fans a facility that is both beautiful to behold and a delight in which to view any event, reflecting state-of-the-art design in both form and function. The arena affords visitors incredibly comfortable seating and some of the best sight lines and proximity to the action found anywhere. The creation of The Theatre at Honda Center in 2001 as a separate venue allows for intimate performances in front of a crowd of approximately 7,000 people.
The complete arena encompasses 650,000 square feet of space and is lined inside and out with marble and granite from around the world. The building’s roof spans 444 feet by 329 feet, more than 100 feet above the arena floor.
The arena has three levels of seating. Closest to the arena floor is the Plaza Level with 5,200 seats and 39 luxury suites. Just 21 rows above ice, the exclusive San Manuel Premium Level is accessible only to Premium Seat holders. It contains 1,750 seats, 44 luxury suites, The Grand Terrace and the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club. The third level, the Terrace Level, has a total of 9,200 easily accessible seats.
The arena is located in Orange County, east of the 57 (Orange) freeway on Katella Avenue. Five major freeways (57, 22, 5, 91, 55) are conveniently located within a five-mile radius of the facility.
· Construction start date: June 1991
· Opening date: June 19, 1993
· Building original cost: $103 million
· Building final cost: $123 million
· Architect: Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum (HOK)
· Building owner: City of Anaheim
· Management and Food & Beverage: Anaheim Arena Management, LLC
· Main Tenant: Anaheim Ducks (Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC)
· First event: Barry Manilow (sold out)
· The arena is home to the annual John R. Wooden Classic and the Big West Basketball Tournament
· NCAA History: Men’s Basketball West Regional (1999, 2001, 2003, 2008, 2011), 1999 Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four
Seating/Configuration/Parking/Function Room Capacities
· Hockey Capacity = 17,174
· Basketball Capacity = 18,336
· Center Stage Capacity = 18,900
· End Stage Capacity = 18,325
· Total Number of Suites = 83
· Function Rooms include the Vista Rooms and Board Room.
· The Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club is located on the Private Club level.
· There are a total of 3,450 parking spaces at Honda Center
· In 1993, the Arrowhead Pond opened as the Anaheim Arena; later that year Arrowhead Water became the title sponsor of the building.
· On October 3, 2006 the name of the building changed to Honda Center when Honda Motor Company became the title sponsor of the building. This is the first name change in the 14 year history of the building.
· Over 31 million people have walked through the doors of Honda Center as of January, 2013.
· There is more than 200,000 square feet of marble lining the interior concourses and walls.
· There are 4 different colors of imported marble which were secured from mountains of Spain, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
The 12 feet of granite, which encircles the building’s exterior was mined in Sweden and fabricated in Italy.
· The arena encompasses 650,000 square feet in space.
· The distance from the highest seat in the arena straight down to the floor level is only 82 feet.
· Ice is made for hockey games thanks to 10 miles of piping that travels along the arena’s concrete floor. When ice needs to be in place for an event, a solution made up of 40% Ethylene Glycol and 60% water is pumped through the piping, freezing the concrete. Next, a thin layer of water is pumped onto the floor and freezes to the concrete. Logos and ice markings are painted and another layer of ice is added.
· Ice hockey is played on ice that is 1 1/4” thick with a floor temperature of 21 degrees. The ice for figure skating is 2” thick and 25-26 degrees. Figure skaters need the ice to be thicker and softer for jumping and landing.
· It takes roughly 30 hours and 15,000 gallons of water to complete the ice making process. It only takes 5-6 hours to remove the ice at the end of the season.
City of Anaheim “Arts in Public Places” Commission has 3 works of art on the premises: Video Arch, Musical Gateway and Anamorph.
· It takes a 25 man crew 8 hours to go from hockey to a concert setup
· The HondaVision is approximately 30,000 pounds
· There are more than 130 palm trees on the property.