Honda Center stands as one of the premier entertainment and sports venues in the country.
In addition to the 2007 Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks, the arena served as home to the Big West Basketball Tournament from 2011 to 2019. Honda Center annually hosts top-name concerts, exciting sporting events and family favorites such as the Harlem Globetrotters and Stars on Ice. In just the past few years, capacity crowds filled Honda Center for world class acts such as The Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, Maroon 5, Fleetwood Mac, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake and more. Since opening, the arena has hosted over 4,000 events and more than 39 million guests have walked through its doors.
Owned by the city of Anaheim, Honda Center officially opened as Anaheim Arena on June 19, 1993 with a sold out Barry Manilow concert. In October of that same year, the venue was renamed Arrowhead Pond and hosted the first Mighty Ducks of Anaheim game. The year 2005 began a new era as Henry and Susan Samueli took ownership of both the team and the venue management company, Anaheim Arena Management, LLC. In 2006, the official name of the arena changed to Honda Center, along with the team to Anaheim Ducks.
Honda Center continues to make improvements to the facility, all in the interest of creating a great experience for every visiting fan. The venue’s most expansive upgrade, The Grand Terrace Project, newly rebranded as the Brewery X Biergarten, features a 15,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor entertainment space, a 250-seat full service restaurant on the main level and an expanded Anaheim Ducks team store. A state-of-the-art multimedia platform has been installed throughout the arena, incorporating more than 500 HD Monitors into the venue, creating a world class immersive live entertainment experience.
Debuting in fall of 2015 was a brand-new scoreboard measuring 27 feet tall and 47 feet 10 inches wide. The six millimeter diode equipped hardware features 1248 x 2208 lines of resolution, the clearest and highest definition picture available in any North American venue.
- 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 was home to the Big West Basketball Tournament from 2011 to 2019
- NCAA History: Men’s Basketball West Regional (1998, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2019), 2008 Men’s Basketball First & Second Rounds, and 1999 Men’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four.
- Hockey Capacity: 17,174
- Basketball Capacity: 18,336
- Center Stage Capacity: 18,900
- End Stage Capacity: 18,325
- Theatre: 7,000
- Total Number of Suites: 83
- Function Rooms include the Vista Rooms and Anaheim Room
- Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club & Brewery X Biergarten located on the Private Club level
- 3,532 parking spaces
- The complete arena encompasses 650,000 square feet
- There is more than 200,000 square feet of marble lining the interior concourses and walls.
- The 12 feet of granite, mined in Sweden and fabricated in Italy, encircles the exterior
- The building's roof spans 444 feet by 329 feet, more than 100 feet above the arena floor
- The distance from the arena’s highest seat 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 is needed for an event, a solution made up of 40% Ethylene Glycol and 60% water is pumped through the piping, freezing the concrete. A thin layer of water is then pumped onto the floor and freezes to the concrete. Logos and ice markings are painted and another layer of ice is added.
- It takes roughly 30 hours and 15,000 gallons of water to complete the ice making process, but only 5-6 hours to remove the ice at the end of the season.
- 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 eight hours for a 25 man crew to go from hockey to a concert setup
- There are more than 130 palm trees on the property.