Honda Center Details
Opened in 1993, the Honda Center in Anaheim has long played host to hockey in Southern California, and was previously known as the Arrowhead Pond or the Pond of Anaheim. It is best known as the home to the Anaheim Ducks. In addition to its regular duties as a hockey arena, the Honda Center has played host to plenty of marquee events in the sports and entertainment world, and has even seen a championship clinched in the venue.
That championship was a Stanley Cup Final trophy earned by the Ducks in the 2007 season, when the Ducks channeled their inner Charlie Conway and company and defeated the Ottawa Senators by a four games to one margin in that championship series. The Ducks also reached the cup final in 2003 while playing in the Honda Center behind the red-hot goaltending of Jean-Sebastien Giguere, before falling to the New Jersey Devils. The Honda Center has also hosted a Frozen Four, the semifinal and championship rounds of the NCAA men's hockey tournament.
Honda Center has also hosted its share of memorable NCAA Tournament games, with the road to the Final Four frequently running through Anaheim. The arena has regularly been the site of the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight games in the West Region, with the winner of those games heading to the Final Four. In 2011, Kemba Walker marched the third seeded UConn Huskies through the Honda Center, into the Final Four, and to a national championship, in the best performance by a West Region winner that played in the Honda Center.
Entertainment has been a big part of the Honda Center's identity as well, with WWE hosting two Wrestlemanias and a Royal Rumble at the venue. Perhaps the best match to come of those events was one of the best WWE matches of all-time, a 60-minute ironman match between Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart for the then-WWF championship.
Where are the best places to sit at Honda Center?
For fans who wish to be right next to the ice, the 200 level seats are where you will get as close as possible to the action. For fans who don't want to feel the glass rattle on every hit, or just want to save a few bucks, the 400 level offers very good views of everything going on at Honda Center, without the same price tag.
Honda Center tips and tricks
Fans heading to a game or event at Honda Center should arrive an hour and a half before the scheduled start time of their event. This is when the gates to the arena are opened, and getting there early is great, as it allows you to watch players skate prior to the start of a hockey game, and lets you hit the concessions and do anything else you want to do before big crowds start to form.
Also, as anyone who has spent time in this part of California can tell you, traffic is always a possibility when traveling to Honda Center, so aiming to get to the arena when the gates open gives you plenty of extra time in the event that traffic does strike.
Honda Center club areas
Located in the 300s section of the Honda Center, club seating is abundant at this venue, and allows fans access to two club restaurants, the Shock Top Terrace, which is open to passholders only via reservation, and the Jack Daniel's Old No. 7 Club. Club seating also allows fans to use a private entrance to get into games, in-seat food and beverage service, and many more benefits.
Honda Center Olympic Volleyball
Honda Center has already been selected as an Olympic venue when the 2028 Summer Olympics come to Los Angeles. The arena will hold the indoor volleyball competition.