- Honda Center
location=2695 E. Katella Avenue
June 19 1993
owner=City of Anaheim
operator=Anaheim Arena Management, LLC
former_names=Anaheim Arena (
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim (
Anaheim Ducks(NHL) ( 1993-present) Los Angeles Clippers(NBA) (occasional games 1994- 1999) Anaheim Bullfrogs(RHI) ( 1993- 1997) Anaheim Splash(CISL) ( 1994- 1997) Anaheim Piranhas(AFL) ( 1996- 1997) Anaheim Storm(NLL) ( 2004- 2005)
Concert: 18,325 Theatre: 8,400
Honda Center, previously known as the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim and colloquially called the The Pond, is an indoor arena in
Anaheim, California. The arena is home to the NHL's Anaheim Ducksand was home of the former NLL's Anaheim Storm, which folded in 2005. Originally named the Anaheim Arena, it was completed in 1993at a cost of $123 million. Arrowhead Waterpaid $15 million for the naming rightsover 10 years in October 1993. [http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=OC&p_theme=oc&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB04406C245AEED&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s] Hondalater acquired the naming rights to the arena for $60 million over 15 years which changed its name in October 2006.
The arena opened on
June 19, 1993with a Barry Manilowconcert as its first event. Since then, it has been host to a number of events, such as the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003 and 2007. On June 6, 2007, the Anaheim Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators, 6–2, in Game 5 of the Finals at Honda Center to clinch the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup championship.
Various WWE major events have been held here, such as
WrestleMania XII, WrestleMania 2000(XVI), and the Royal Rumble in 1999. UFC 59, UFC 63, and UFC 76have been at Honda Center as well. It hosted the 2005 IBF World Championshipsfor badminton in 2005. It has also hosted concerts, such as Nine Inch Nails, Aerosmith, Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Coldplay, U2, Shakira, Metallica, Madonna, Phil Collins, Queen + Paul Rodgers, Britney Spears, Barbra Streisand, Shania Twain, Destiny's Child, Beyonce, NSYNC, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Circa Survive, Janet Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Jennifer Lopezand Marc Anthony, and many more. From 1994to 1998, it served as a second home for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. It was the home arena for the Anaheim Bullfrogsof Roller Hockey Internationalfrom 1993 to 1999 and for the Anaheim Piranhasof the Arena Football Leaguefrom 1996 to 1997. Since 1994, the arena has hosted the annual John R. Wooden Classic. The arena has also hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament three times as the West Regional site - 1998, 2001, and 2003. It hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional site in 2008. It even hosted the Frozen Fourin 1999, underscoring the popularity of hockey in the region. It also hosted the Big West Conferencemen's basketball tournament in 2008. On December 6th, 2000 music legend Tina Turnerplayed her last concert at the arena for record breaking Twenty Four Seven Tourbut after popular demand Tina will be coming back to the arena on October 14th, 2008 for her "".
Honda Center lies northeast across State Route 57 from
Angel Stadium(where Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheimplay) and roughly 3 miles from Disneyland. It is also walkable from Amtrak and Metrolink's Anaheim station, which is located on Angel Stadium's parking lot.
The arena seats up 17,174 for its primary tenant, the Ducks. There are 84
luxury suitesin the building, which has hosted 17.5 million people as of 2003. Broadcomchairman and billionaire Henry Samueliowns 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 NBAfranchise to the arena.
*Honda Center was used as the site of the fictional Junior
Goodwill Gamesin the film "".
*It takes only five hours to convert Honda Center from a sporting arena to an 8,400-seat amphitheater.
No Doubt, natives of Anaheim, recorded their two 1997concert stops at Honda Center, releasing them as their first concert video, " Live in the Tragic Kingdom".
*When No Doubt's lead singer,
Gwen Stefaniembarked on a solo venture, she filmed her two homecoming concerts at Honda Center in 2005. The DVDwas released as " Harajuku Lovers Live".
Mariah Carey's latest DVDrelease entitled The Adventures of Mimiwas recorded here from her 2006 Worldwide The Adventures of Mimi Tour.
Jonas Brothersfilmed their upcoming 3-D concert movie here.
* [http://www.hondacenter.com/ Honda Center official website]
* [http://www.honda.com/ Honda, Inc. official website]
* [http://www.hoksve.com/ HOK Sport]
* [http://www.lasports.org/lafacilities/display.php?s=Arena&id=6 Los Angeles Sports Council]
title = Home of the
before = first arena
after = currentsuccession box
title = Host of
Hartford Civic Center
after = Rosemont Horizonsuccession box
title = Host of
before = First Union Center
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