Sports Venues - Honda Center
Also known as "The Pond", the Honda Center is the home of 2007 Stanley Cup finalists, the Anaheim Ducks. We got the goods on this southern Cali arena!
Honda Center - Disney Beginnings
Arrowhead Pond Arena (AKA The Pond) opened its doors in the fall of 1993. The new venue was to become home to the NHL's newest franchise in Anaheim, California. Inspired by the Disney movie, the expansion hockey team was named The Mighty Ducks. In 2006, Arrowhead Pond was renamed the Honda Center and their hockey team was renamed the Anaheim Ducks. The Pond is located just a mile from Angels Stadium, the home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. While Disneyland is just five miles from the Honda Center.
Honda Center - Notable Events
Aside from hosting Ducks' games, the Honda Center has played host to some notable events. From 1994-1999, The Pond was the second home of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and legendary singer Barbara Streisand filmed a 1995 concert for her video "The Concert, Live From Anaheim". The Pond has also featured virtually every big name in music including Bon Jovi, Madonna, Mariah Carey and Elton John. Each year, the Pond hosts the John R. Wooden Classic - a highly regarded college basketball tournament. It has also hosted NCAA Tournament games in 1998, 2001 and 2003. The Honda Center was ranked the third best arena in the world by Billboard Magazine in 2005.
Honda Center - 2007 Stanley Cup
In May 2007, the Anaheim Ducks reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the second time in franchise history (the first being in the 2002-03 season against the New Jersey Devils). After defeating the Minnesota Wild, the Vancouver Canucks and the Detroit Red Wings in the playoffs, the Ducks defeated the Ottawa Senators in five games in the Stanley Cup Finals. Winning the Cup was the first Stanley Cup victory for the state of California.
Honda Center - Fun Facts
- The Honda Center cost $123 million to build.
- The Honda Center seats 17,174 for hockey games.
- The Honda Center has 84 luxury suites.
- The Honda Center has been used in D2: The Mighty Ducks and the West Wing.
- The Honda Center has entertained nearly 25 million people and hosted 2,300 events since it opened in 1993.
- The Honda Center has more than 130 palm trees.