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Honda Center
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  Venue Particulars  
Address 2695 East Katella Avenue
Anaheim, CA 92806
Phone (714) 704-2400
Official Website
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  Venue Resources  
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  The Facility  
Opened June 19, 1993
City of Anaheim
(Anaheim Arena Management, LLC)
Cost of Construction $123 million
Arena Financing Public Money. Ogden assumed debt service for City-issued bonds.
Naming Rights Arrowhead paid $15 million for 10-year naming rights.
Honda Corporation paid $60 million for 15-year naming rights.
Former Names Anaheim Arena
Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim
Arena Architects Populous
Contractors /
Construction Managers
Huber, Hunt & Nichols
  Other Facts  
Tenants Anaheim Ducks
(NHL) (1993-Present)
Former Tenants Los Angeles Clippers
(NBA) (1994-1999)
Anaheim Bullfrogs
(RHI) (1993-1997)
Anaheim Splash
(CISL) (1994-1997)
Anaheim Piranhas
(AFL) (1996-1997)
Anaheim Storm
(NLL) (2004-2005)
Population Base 5,000,000
On Site Parking 4,500
Nearest Airport John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA)
Retired Numbers #8 Teemu Selanne
#99 Wayne Gretzky

Championships 1st


Capacity 17,174
Average Ticket $30.32
Fan Cost Index (FCI) $210.77
The Team Marketing Report FCI includes: four average-price tickets; four small soft drinks; two small beers; four hot dogs; two game programs; parking; and two adult-size caps.
Luxury Suites 84 Suites
Club Seats 1,716
  Attendance History  
Season  Total  Capacity Change
1993-94 696,560 99% -1.9%
1994-95 412,176 100% -40%
1995-96 703,355 100% 55.7%
1996-97 695,867 99% 23.2%
1997-98 693,235 98% -7.6%
1998-99 647,973 92% 15%
1999-00 592,883 84% -8.5%
2000-01 553,990 78.7% -6.6%

2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05
492,089 575,956 614,476 None

2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
619,380 670,916 704,932 696,629

2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
621,903 604,283 605,171 381,308

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
675,248 691,835 669,805 653,632

1994-1995 - Attendance for 24 games due to NHL lockout
2004-2005 - NHL lockout
2012-2013 - Attendance for 24 games due to NHL lockout.

Sources: Mediaventures

Honda Center

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Nestled in the heart of Orange County, Honda 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. Home to the Anaheim Ducks and annual John R. Wooden Classic, the arena has hosted the 2003 World Gymnastics Championships and 2005 World Badminton Championships; NCAA events including the first Frozen Four west of the Rocky Mountains and much more. Performances by world renowned musical artists and family shows are also plentiful year after year for the fans of Orange County and Southern California. Since 1993, 23 million fans have been entertained at Honda Center, enjoying more than 2,300 events.

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. Fans looking to experience their favorite artist in an upscale, intimate atmosphere will appreciate The Theatre at Honda Center. Created in 2001, The Theatre seats approximately 7,000 people and acts including Dolly Parton and Matchbox Twenty have graced the stage.

Both 2005 and 2006 were busy years for the arena. Following the success of 2005, the arena ranked 3rd in the world by Billboard magazine, hosting 31 concerts and the World Badminton Championships. 2006 highlighted two sold out Ultimate Fighting Championships, one of which made history as the first sanctioned UFC in California. Honda Center hosted eight of Billboard magazine's Top 25 concerts including Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Coldplay. Performers such as Andrea Bocelli and Andre Rieu added to the variety of concerts throughout the year. The Anaheim Ducks advanced to the Western Conference finals, and No. 1 UCLA defeated No. 6 Texas A&M in an exciting game during the 13th annual John R. Wooden Classic.

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. Seating is comprised of three levels. Closest to the arena floor is the Plaza Level; just 21 rows from the floor is the exclusive Club Level for Premium Seat holders and above the Club level, is the Terrace level.

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 = 17,608
* 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

IMPRESSIVE STATISTICS (as of January 5, 2007):
* Nearly 25 million people have been entertained at Honda Center since 1993.
* More than 2,300 events have been hosted at Honda Center since 1993.
* 2006 held 154 events including 24 concerts that featured Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Shakira, Mariah Carey, Elton John and Andrea Bocelli.
* The arena recently completed a $12.9 million improvement plan, adding a new state-of-the-art sound system, second LED ring, end-zone scoreboards and a new point-of-sale system for all food and beverage and merchandise stands. A 95-foot-tall marquee was also constructed alongside the 57 Freeway.
* On April 15, 2006 history was made at Honda Center. The first Ultimate Fighting Championship ever in the state of California, UFC 59: Reality Check was also the fastest sellout in UFC history.
* In 2006, Honda Center hosted eight of Billboard magazine's Top 25 concerts for 2006: No. 3 ranked Bon Jovi, No. 10 ranked Aerosmith, American Idols Live, Nickelback, Coldplay, Mariah Carey, Trans Siberian Orchestra and RBD (featured at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball). (Source: Billboard magazine, 12/23/06)
* In 2005, Honda Center ranked 3rd for Top 10 Venues based on Gross Ticket Sales by Billboard Magazine - $35,920,187 (Venues 15,001+ seats; Source: Billboard magazine, 12/24/05).
* The arena hosted the 2005 World Badminton Championships with 350 athletes from 45 countries and regions. The event received international attention as history was made in Anaheim. This marked the first time the event had ever been held in the United States and the first time the world championship had been won by Americans (US men's doubles team, Tony Gunawan/Howard Bach).
* 2004 held 154 events including a venue record 41 concerts. Top entertainment acts in 2004 included Madonna, Rod Stewart, Prince, Barry Manilow, Phil Collins and Van Halen.

Recent Honda Center TV Coverage has included:
* Top Rank Boxing, Jorge Arce vs. Julio Roque Ler - Two fights were aired nationally in High Definition on HBO Boxing After Dark, January 27, 2007
* John R. Wooden Classic - Game One was broadcast live on CBS Sports, Game Two was live on KCAL9 locally and nationally on HDNet and Superstation WGN.
* UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn - Three hours of Pay Per View coverage
* UFC 59: Reality Check - Three hours of Pay Per View coverage
* 2005 World Badminton Championships –Five hours of coverage nationally on ESPN2 plus international coverage that was seen in millions of households worldwide.
* 2003 World Gymnastics Championships - Five hours of coverage nationally on NBC Sports and international broadcasts ranged from six to 30 hours in as many as 80 other countries.
* 2004 Olympic Team Trials for Gymnastics - six hours of coverage nationally on NBC.
* Member of the exclusive Arena Network and Arena Network Theatre Group which have promoted tours including Dolly Parton and the 2004 T.J. Maxx Tour of Gymnastics Champions.
* Received international attention when the venue hosted the World Gymnastics Championships in August of 2003. More than 300 reporters and photographers from all over the world covered the more than 60 countries and 600 athletes. Economic impact was estimated at $30 million to the local area.
* First arena to host both a World Gymnastics Championships and the Olympic Team Trials within 12 months.
* Hosted two World Championships in just two years (Gymnastics, 2003; Badminton, 2005)
* During the 2004 Olympics, the NBC commentators and journalists often referenced the World Championships and Olympic Trials at Honda Center (then the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim).
* The Theatre at Honda Center, launched in 2001, provides entertainers and fans a more intimate, upscale experience. A 7,000-seat venue created inside Honda Center, it is the only one of its kind in Orange County.
* Performers have included Matchbox Twenty, Maroon 5, David Bowie, YES, Seal and Dolly Parton
* Since opening in 1993, the arena has been home to hockey (Anaheim Ducks: '93-present) Arena Football (Piranhas: '96, '97), Indoor Soccer (Splash: '94-'97), Indoor Roller Hockey (Bullfrogs: '93-'99) and Indoor Lacrosse (Storm: 2003-2005).
* Over the 13 year history, the arena has hosted four NCAA events. The fifth will be in 2008 when the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds come to Honda Center.
* Past NCAA Events: 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

Additional Accolades
* In 2004, ranked 4th for Top 10 Venues based on Gross Ticket Sales by Billboard magazine - $34,179,023 (Venues 15,000+ seats; Source: Billboard magazine 12/25/04).
* 2004 Arena of the Year nominee (Pollstar Magazine). This was the 7th time the arena has been nominated.
* Honda Center President & CEO, Tim Ryan, was named Pollstar Magazine's Facility Executive of the Year in 2001.
* Voted New Venue of the Year by both Pollstar Magazine and Performance Magazine in 1993.

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 23 million people have walked through the doors of Honda Center as of January, 2007.
* 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.
* Q. How do they make the ice? A. 10 miles of piping 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 approximately 15,000 gallons of water to make the ice.
* 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.

Source: Honda Center

The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim is one of the most beautiful buildings in the NHL. Opened in 1993, its features include marble concourses, glass archways and brass fittings. Disney's focus on family entertainment is apparent at Ducks games. The team showed the movie version of the Disney film "Mighty Ducks" before the team hit the ice for the first time. Fans even blow on their duck callers - about 2,000 are sold at each game - every time the team scores.

Attracting almost 700,000 fans in their first season, the Mighty Ducks posted 27 sell-outs (17,174+), including their last 25 home games of the year. Having attracted 1.8 million fans in its first three seasons, the Mighty Ducks have filled the arena to 99.5 capacity over that b. Anaheim has sold out 36-straight home contests entering the 1995-96 season, and 87 of their past 90 home games dating back to December 22, 1993.

Reflecting start-of-the-art design in both form and function, Honda Center offers fans a facility that is both beautiful to behold and a delight in which to view a hockey game. Conveniently located with easy access to five major freeways, Honda Center affords fans incredibly comfortable seating and some of the best sight lines and proximity to the action that can be found anywhere in the NHL.

The exterior of the arena consists of 12-foot granite walls which extend around the building. Granite is also used to outline the building's most identifiable features - the green glass archways on the north and south entrances. The building roof spans 444 feet by 329 feet, more than 100 feet above the arena floor. On the building's interior, more than 200,000 square feet of marble are used to adorn the public concourses.

Within Honda Center are three concourse levels. Closest to the ice is the Plaza Concourse, with 5,600 deluxe, cloth-padded seats. Also on the Plaza Concourse Level are 40 10-person luxury suites, located 17 rows above the ice. The Plaza Concourse offers multiple entrances for easy access and a variety of full-service concession stands.

The Terrace Concourse is not described in the media guide. It is the upper-most Level in the Pond.

Between these two levels is the Club Concourse, a private, exclusive level just 21 rows above the ice. Suite and seat holders may enjoy a number of benefits, including preferred parking, waiter/waitress service, theater-style seats and tickets to year-round events hosted at Honda Center.

In all, Honda Center features 82 luxury suites, which can accomodate 10, 12 or 14 people, depending on the suite size and location.

Getting There

The arena is located in an easily accessible location of Orange County, east of the 57 (Orange) freeway on highly-traveled Katella Avenue, where more than 35,000 motorists pass by daily. For easy access and egress from the site, five major freeways (57, 22, 5, 91, 55) are located within a five-mile radius.

From the north, take Cerritos Avenue to Sunkist Street; turn left and then make a right at Douglass Road - the stadium is on the right less than half a mile ahead.

From the Santa Monica, Westchester, Malibu, take the Artesia Fwy. (SR-91) east to the Santa Ana Fwy. (I-5) south to Katella east, go 1/2 mile east to Douglass.

From Long Beach, the South Bay and PV, take the San Diego Fwy. (I-405) south to the Garden Grove Fwy. (SR-22) east; go east on the 22 to the Orange Fwy. (SR-57) north; exit at Katella east.

From the South (San Diego, Irvine, Mission Viejo) take the Santa Ana Fwy. (I-5) north to the Orange Fwy. (SR-57) north; exit at Katella east.

From the Inland Empire, take the Riverside Fwy. (SR-91) west to the Orange Fwy. (SR-57) south; exit at Ball Rd. east, follow the signs.

From the eastern San Gabriel Valley, Pomona, and western San Bernandino County, take the Orange Fwy. (SR-57) south; exit at Ball Rd. east, follow the signs.

The Pond history
* First regular-season game: Oct. 8, 1993, 7-2 loss to the Red Wings
* First goal: Aaron Ward, Red Wings

Honda Center

By: Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Honda Center Ranking by USRT
Architecture 8
Concessions 6
Scoreboard 4
Ushers 3
Fan Support 4.5
Location 4
Banners/History 5
Entertainment 6
Concourses/Fan Comfort 8
Bonus: Disney Video Clips 2
Total Score 50.5
January 17, 2000 - After spending the afternoon at the Staples Center, we headed south 25 miles to check out the Arrowhead Pond. Little did we know it then, but we would be in for a treat.

"The Pond" is located right in Anaheim, not far from Disneyland and Edison Field. The adjoining neighborhood looks a lot like an upscale suburb, and even with large surface lots, one can walk across the highway to any one of numerous restaurants and sports pubs which are a stones throw from the complex.

The architecture of this building is magnificent, with a brick facade, accent flood lighting and sweeping arches which form each of its entrances. Add the beautiful landscaping, palm trees, all attractively lit at night, and you have the setting for a beautiful venue.

It gets better once you walk inside. All the concourses are richly appointed in soft lighting, concession stands and marquees carved with a wood veneer, and marble tiled floors all laid out in a colorful mosaic. Just to demonstrate how no expense was spared here, even the stairwells to the upper levels are tiled, ceilinged, painted and decorated - a far cry from our HSBC Arena, where stairwells are nothing more than exposed pipes and grey cement. One deduction point though - not a single escalator in the place - you sit upstairs - you got hoof it!

Along the main concourse is a large team store.

The Bowl
Honda Center
Like most of the newer arenas, this one is laid out into four levels - the lowers, clubs, suites and upper levels. All seats are colored in a deep wine red, almost copper color, and in the center is a four sided scoreboard with video boards. Statistic panels hang from the rafter in the upper end zones.

Andrew liked the churros, priced at a buck. There is a huge food selection and drink selection as well for any appetite.

Banners/Retired Numbers
No titles, no retirements yet, and thankfully, NO silly 6th man or attendance banners which seem to be all the rage among expansion teams which feel they have to hang something to feel good about themselves. HOORAY Anaheim!!!

Not the best hockey experience - the team is kind of bad, and our Sabres pummeled the Ducks on this night. But definitely one of the more attractive buildings in the NHL and a place you gotta come and see.

July 15, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Anaheim, Calif. - Food and beverage services at the Honda Center will undergo a complete makeover this summer, according to the NHL Mighty Ducks.

"Our goal is to offer not only the best in entertainment, but also give fans the best options for dining," said Tim Ryan, President and CEO of Honda Center. "We want develop a reputation for having the best food of any arena in the country and believe fans will take notice this fall."

Honda Center and Aramark have formed a new partnership that will bring upgraded fare to those attending events at the venue. Many of Honda Center's existing concession locations will receive upgrades and an entirely new visual look, including upgraded food quality, signage and uniforms, the team said.

In the fall, three branded stands will unveil new specialty items. Those visiting the San Manuel Premium Level will find newly upgraded food service areas, while the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club will launch a revised menu that includes upgraded buffet offerings.

Due to the extensive nature of the plan and limited windows of venue availability for renovation, the team says the upgrade will be split over two years. The second year of the program will see additional branded locations and specialty food items as well as custom-built portable bars and concessions.

March 24, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

Anaheim, Calif. - The Anaheim City Council is considering the sale of bonds to upgrade the Honda Center in hopes of making the venue the new home of the Sacramento Kings, the Orange County Register reported.

A high-ranking city official previously told the Register that the Honda Center would need better locker rooms, a sports-training facility and a practice court to meet NBA standards. The team must tell the league its plans by April 18.

The team has been in talks to possibly move to Anaheim for the 2011-12 basketball season. Attorneys for team owners this month filed trademarks on several names including the Anaheim Royals.

If an NBA team were to move, joining the NHL's Ducks at the arena, it would guarantee 41 regular-season homes games.

The Register said that could mean that Anaheim finally makes money from the city-owned Honda Center. The city only makes money when the arena exceeds a profit of $12 million or more. The city would then get 15 percent of the profits, according to a contract between Anaheim and arena management.

Anaheim built the arena for $123 million. When Anaheim Arena Management took over supervision and payments of the arena in 2003, $42.6 million was still owed. According to city records, there is an estimated $36 million in principal left.

In a 2008 interview with Greg Smith, then the city's executive director of sports, entertainment and conventions, he predicted Anaheim would land an NBA team within five years, the Register said.

March 30, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

Anaheim, Calif. - The Anaheim City Council has approved $75 million in bonds to help fund upgrades to the Honda Center in hopes of landing the Sacramento Kings as a tenant, the Orange County Register reported.

But some in Sacramento believe the action could be illegal and the Sacramento Bee says they are taking steps to, at the least, make sure the team pays its debt to the city before leaving town. In a vote that Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait called "historic," the council voted unanimously for the bonds: $25 million for upgrades to the city-owned Honda Center, and $50 million in working capital, money that could help pay for the Kings' relocation fees.

Kings owners and Anaheim Arena Management, the Henry Samueli-owned company that runs the Honda Center, are in private negotiations. Attorneys for the Kings' owners have filed for trademarks on several names, including the Anaheim Royals.

The Register said none of the bond money comes from the city's general fund or from taxpayers. The bonds are to be purchased entirely by private investment firms - headed by Ducks owner Henry Samueli - and paid back during a 10-year-period.

Repayment of the bonds, the principal and interest, will come from revenues at the Honda Center - revenues expected to be covered by the Kings playing 41 home games per season there.

The bond funding would become effective within 180 days and the entire deal is contingent upon the Kings being granted relocation by the NBA Board of Governors, made up of team owners. The Kings would need a simple majority. The Kings have until April 18 to file for relocation with the NBA.

Honda Center officials set up a priority waiting list for ticket information. Interested fans are asked to email their names and phone numbers.

Under the deal, the contract with Anaheim Arena Management also was extended until 2033. And the contract spells out that an NBA team would use the privately owned American Sports Center as a temporary practice facility.

In Sacramento, the Bee said a legal team thinks the Anaheim City Council would have violated state law by approving a resolution that would immediately allow for the issuance of bonds to fund improvements.

In a letter sent to Anaheim city officials, attorney Jeffrey Dorso with Diepenbrock Harrison said the Anaheim resolution "appears to directly conflict with applicable state law that provides taxpayers assurances that legislative actions to approve the issuance of bonds are subject to referendum and do not become effective for a period of 60 days."

The Bee said if enough signatures are gathered to qualify a referendum on the ballot, that could delay the selling of the bonds for months.

The Kings earlier rejected a private plan that sought to keep the team in town. That effort was led by architect Rann Haight and executive Greg Van Dusen.

"A representative of the Maloofs listened to their plan in depth, but they do not have the financing in place and a renovation of the existing structure is not an adequate solution," the team owners said in a statement.

While details of the latest overture were not known, the Bee said team, NBA and city officials have said refurbishing the existing arena is not a viable option.

R.E. Graswich, a spokesman for Mayor Kevin Johnson, said earlier that an $80 to $100 million renovation wouldn't go far enough to satisfy the NBA's concerns about Sacramento's arena, according to the Bee.

Team owners also had angry words for Sacramento officials after they heard that the city was trying to block Anaheim's efforts to lure the team to their city, the Orange County Register said. The newspaper cited a letter from Sacramento advising them to "cease negotiating with the Kings."

"It's not for the mayor or anybody (in the City of Sacramento) to interfere with our business. That's what I think they're doing, and it's not right," Maloof told the Register. "We would appreciate that they not interfere with our business."

"We will continue on with our business and do what is best for the viability of the franchise - what's best for the franchise and what's best for the league."

In the letter, Sacramento assistant city manager John Dangberg said the Maloofs had not provided "assurance" they would pay off a $73.8 million loan from the City of Sacramento, as contractually required, if the team decided to relocate.

June 23, 2011
Copyright 2011 MediaVentures

Anaheim, Calif. - Anaheim Arena Management, the company which operates the city-owned arena, announced its will break ground this fall on the most extensive improvement project in the venue's 18-year history, ESPN Los Angeles reported.

The improvements include a 12,000-square-foot Grand Terrace, which will be an exclusive indoor/outdoor entertainment space located on the arena's Premium Level. There will be a 250-seat full service restaurant located on the main level, which will be open to the public for all events. The arena will also complete the final phase of suite renovations, which will see upgrades to all 84 luxury suites.

The Anaheim Ducks team store on the east side of the arena will expand from 1,800 square feet to 4,200, which the press release notes will allow "space for an additional team."

"Honda Center is one of Anaheim's world-class facilities, and the planned improvements will ensure it continues to be recognized as one of the finest sports and entertainment facilities in this country and abroad," Anaheim mayor Tom Tait said. "Not only will the improvements enhance the guest experience, but more than ever, Honda Center itself will be NBA-ready."

Tim Ryan, president and CEO of Anaheim Arena Management added, "These multimillion dollar upgrades will have a dramatic impact on the overall fan experience and assure Honda Center stands up favorably next to any arena in the country, including those that house multiple sports franchises."

The major improvements combined with the press release's references to an "additional team," housing "multiple sports franchises" and being "NBA-ready" is the strongest indication yet that the Honda Center is still actively pursuing an NBA team after the Sacramento Kings passed up an opportunity to move to Anaheim last month and decided to stay in Sacramento for the upcoming season, ESPN reported.

"We want to come out of this with a new arena, that's our goal, and if we can't (in Sacramento) we have to look elsewhere," George Maloof told "We like Anaheim. That's the only place we're looking at. We haven't negotiated with anybody else. ... It's a dynamic market. We believe Anaheim and Orange County want their own team. It's an NBA-ready facility and they are committed."

January 26, 2012
Copyright 2012 MediaVentures

Anaheim, Calif. - Groundbreaking for a multi-million-dollar,12,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor entertainment area at Honda Center is set for early February, an arena spokesman told the Orange County Register.

The Grand Terrace will be the largest improvement in the history of the 19-year-old facility. The improvements could make Honda Center, home to the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks, more attractive to a National Basketball Association team looking to re-locate.

At the entrance side, facing Katella Avenue, the Grand Terrace will protrude from the main building. It will include an 80-foot-long bar, upscale decor and a 200-seat restaurant. Arena spokesman Merit Tully said the space will also be used for entertainment, such as live music.

More than 80-percent of the 1,100 annual memberships for the bar - at $400 each - have currently been sold.

Tully declined to state the expansion's price tag. The city of Anaheim owns Honda Center, but the Ducks manage the facility through a company owned by Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli. Tully said the team owners are paying “100 percent" of the expansion.

The Grand Terrace is scheduled to be completed by early 2013, in the middle of the 2012-13 NHL season.

Anaheim and the Samuelis have long wanted an NBA team as a co-tenant at Honda Center. Last year, the Sacramento Kings flirted with re-locating to Anaheim, going as far as filing an application to trademark location-based team names before ultimately staying in Sacramento.

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