4128.jpgHonda Center stands as one of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the country.  Opened in 1993, it is owned by the City of Anaheim and managed by Anaheim Arena Management, LLC.  In addition to the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, the arena is also home to the prestigious John R. Wooden Classic. Top name concert acts over the years include Elton John, Madonna and U2.  Annual family favorites include the Harlem Globetrotters, Stars On Ice, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

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. Visitors enjoy incredibly comfortable seating and some of the best sight lines and proximity to the action found anywhere.

Building Facts

·   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: Anaheim Arena Management, LLC

·   Food & Beverage: ARAMARK Corporation

·   Main Tenant: Anaheim Ducks (Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC)

·   First event: Barry Manilow (sold out)

·   The arena is home to the Annual John Wooden Classic, Stars on Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Champions on Ice and The Harlem Globetrotters.

·   NCAA History: 1998 Men’s Basketball West Regional, 1999 Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four, 2001 Men’s Basketball West Regional and 2003 Men’s Basketball West Regional

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 4,500 parking spaces at Honda Center

Quick Facts

·   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 25 million people have walked through the doors of Honda Center as of January, 2009.

·   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.