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The Honda Center, previously known as the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim and colloquially called The Pond or The Ponda, is an indoor arena in Anaheim, California. The arena is home to the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks and was home of the former National Lacrosse League's Anaheim Storm, which folded in 2005. Originally named the Anaheim Arena during construction, it was completed in 1993 at a cost of $123 million. Arrowhead Water paid $15 million for the naming rights over 10 years in October 1993.[2] In the short period of time between the enfranchisement of the Mighty Ducks and the naming rights deal with Arrowhead, Disney referred to the Arena as the Pond of Anaheim.[3] Honda, in October 2006 acquired the naming rights for $60 million over 15 years.[4]

History[]

The arena opened on June 19, 1993, with a Barry Manilow concert as its first event. Since then, it has been host to a number of events, such as the 2003 and 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. 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. The Ducks have never lost a Finals game played at the arena.[5]

Various World Wrestling Entertainment major events have been held at the venue such as WrestleMania XII and WrestleMania 2000 (XVI), and the Royal Rumble in 1999. UFC 59, UFC 63, and UFC 76 have been at Honda Center and with UFC 121 next as well. It hosted the IBF World Championships for badminton in 2005.

From 1994 to 1998, it served as a second home for the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers. It was the home arena for the Anaheim Bullfrogs of Roller Hockey International from 1993 to 1999 and for the Anaheim Piranhas of the Arena Football League from 1996 to 1997. This arena has also hosted a PBR Bud Light Cup (later Built Ford Tough Series) event annually since 1998. Since 1994, the arena has hosted the annual John R. Wooden Classic. In 2011, the arena will begin hosting the Big West Conference Men's and Women's Basketball tournaments. The arena has also hosted the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament five times, as the West Regional site - 1998, 2001, 2003, 2008, and 2011. It even hosted the Frozen Four, the semifinals and final of the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship, in 1999, underscoring the popularity of hockey in the region. On December 6, 2000, music legend Tina Turner played her last concert at the arena for the record breaking Twenty Four Seven Tour, but after popular demand, Turner returned to the arena before a sellout crowd on October 14, 2008, for her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour.

The Honda Center lies northeast across California State Route 57 from Angel Stadium (where Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim play) 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. It takes only five hours to convert Honda Center from a sporting arena to an 8,400-seat amphitheater. There are 84 luxury suites in the building, which has hosted 17.5 million people, as of 2003. In 2005, the arena became the first in the U.S. to have two full levels of 360-degree ribbon displays installed. Daktronics designed, manufactured and installed the 1,800 feet (550 m) of full-color LED technology. Outside the venue, the marquee was upgraded with two large video displays measuring 8 feet (2.4 m) high by 21 feet (6.4 m), and a new marquee was built with more LED video displays.[6]

Broadcom chairman and billionaire, Henry Samueli, owns 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 NBA franchise to the arena, and the Sacramento Kings have expressed an interest in relocating to Anaheim from their current stadium, Power Balance Pavilion (formerly ARCO Arena).[7] On March 3, 2011 a lawyer representing the Maloof brothers, owners of the Kings, filed applications to trademark possible names for a new basketball team at the Honda Center, including the Anaheim Royals, Los Angeles Royals, Orange County Royals, and Anaheim Royals of Southern California.[8] The Maloof brothers have until May 2, 2011 to file paperwork officially requesting a relocation to the Honda Center.[9]

Notable concerts, film, and television[]

The Honda Center has the second highest gross ticket sales from special events on the West Coast, following only the Staples Center.[10] These events have included the following over the years:

  • Barbra Streisand recorded the final date here from her first tour in 30 years for Barbra: The Concert in June 1994.
  • Honda Center was used as the site of the fictional Junior Goodwill Games in the film D2: The Mighty Ducks.
  • Rock band No Doubt, natives of Anaheim, recorded their two 1997 concert stops at Honda Center, releasing them as their first concert video, Live in the Tragic Kingdom.
  • KIIS-FM's Jingle Ball - December 19, 2002, December 3, 2004, December 7, 2006, October 27, 2007 and December 6, 2008
  • When No Doubt's lead singer, Gwen Stefani embarked on a solo venture, she filmed her two homecoming concerts at Honda Center in 2005. The DVD was released as Harajuku Lovers Live. She also performed there during The Sweet Escape Tour on October 27, 2007.
  • Mariah Carey's latest DVD release, entitled The Adventures of Mimi was recorded at the Honda Center on October 8, 2006, during The Adventures of Mimi Tour.
  • 2162 Votes, the West Wing season 6 finale, features the arena for interior shots of the Democratic National Convention.
  • The Jonas Brothers filmed their 3-D concert movie at the Honda Center.
  • UFC 76 and UFC 121 were held in the Honda Center.
  • High School Musical with Jordan Pruitt-January 26,2007
  • Depeche Mode recorded their show at the sports arena on August 19, 2009 for their live albums project, Recording the Universe.

References[]

  1. http://hondacenter.com/HondaCenter.aspx?page=AboutUs.aspx
  2. [1]
  3. In the 1993–94 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim media guide, Disney and the Ducks organization referred to the arena as the "Pond of Anaheim." This was prior to the naming rights deal with Arrowhead Water. ASIN: B001EBD3BM
  4. Shaikin, Bill; Johnson, Greg (July 20, 2006). Los Angeles Times. http://articles.latimes.com/2006/jul/20/sports/sp-pond20. 
  5. In 2003, all the games in the final were won by the home team. In 2007, the Ducks had home ice advantage during the finals and the only game they lost was Game 3, in Ottawa.
  6. "Daktronics Photo Gallery: Honda Center". http://www.daktronics.com/ProductsServices/PhotoGallery/Pages/default.aspx?photoID=WP-15256&keywords=honda%20center&filters. 
  7. "Sources: Kings consider relocation". http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/allstar2011/news/story?id=6140807. 
  8. "Maloof attorney files trademark papers for 'Anaheim Royals' name". http://www.sacbee.com/2011/03/16/3481107/maloof-attorney-files-trademark.html. 
  9. "Kings owners get extension to file for relocation". http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110416/ap_on_sp_bk_ne/bkn_kings_move. 
  10. Template:Cite journal

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