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 Duck … show more
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.
I like the Honda Center (fka The Arrowhead Duck Pond) because they draw the top name artists that I like to see. Verizon Ampitheater (fka Irvine Meadows) would be #2. The parking for both those places is a bear though.