The Anaheim Ducks, a successful National Hockey League (NHL) franchise, play their home games not far from Disneyland. Their arena, Honda Center, is affectionately known by players and fans alike as “The Pond.”
The arena got the nickname because it is where the home team, the Ducks, comes to play. It is also a venue that is extremely fan-friendly.
Opened twenty-two years ago in 1993 and owned by the city of Anaheim, this still very modern facility is home to the high-scoring Ducks and to the Los Angeles Kiss, a franchise in the Arena Football League (AFL).
Many other teams have called Honda Center home in the past. They include the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). They played in “The Pond” for five years from 1994-1999. The Anaheim Piranhas, another Arena Football League team, performed at The Pond from 1996 through 1997 while the National Lacrosse League (NLL) was represented by the Anaheim Storm in 2004 and 2005.
College basketball’s UCLA Bruins played some home games in this convenient-to-get-to building in 2011 and 2012.
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Honda Center or “The Pond” is popular with local residents. For one, it is very easily accessible. Additionally, the arena provides a comfortable environment for those who pay to watch sports and other forms of entertainment.
Seats are sensibly wide and built for comfort. There is ample leg room, even for the tallest fans. Concourses outside the seating area are broad and food choices along the concourse are varied and generally affordable.
Seating capacity enables large crowds to attend most events and that translates into noisy, animated fans … just what players want. An Anaheim Ducks ice hockey game can be played before seventeen thousand one hundred seventy-four people while basketball games can take place in front of crowds that number as much as eighteen thousand three hundred thirty-six paying customers.
Concerts, when performed at Center Stage, can be watched and enjoyed by eighteen thousand nine hundred music lovers. A built-in theater seats eight thousand four hundred people comfortably.
While Honda Corporation currently owns the building’s naming rights, this facility has been known by other names. It was called Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim from 1993-2006 and only in 2007 did the Japanese automaker pay to have the arena’s name changed.
Given its location (it is close to Los Angeles and Hollywood) it is not surprising that many major recording artists have appeared in “The Pond.” Barbara Streisand ended a thirty year hiatus when she put on a show at The Pond that sold out almost as quickly as tickets went on sale.
Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus and Depeche Mode also found willing audiences for their shows. And, as is the case in every major arena in the United States, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has called Honda Center home many times. The wrestling organization entertained fans at Wrestlemania XII and Wrestlemania 2000. Sold out crowds appeared to enjoy every minute of the four hours shows.
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