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Honda Center improvements unveiled

Anaheim DucksFurther cementing the belief that the NBA is in Anaheim‘s future, Anaheim Arena Management unveiled improvements to Honda Center that will better accommodate a second tenant in the home of the Anaheim Ducks (NHL).

Among the changes: a major expansion of the team store, increasing from 1,800 square feet to 4,200 square feet. The press release makes things clear: this allows space for a full selection of merchandise from an additional team as well as greater merchandise selection.

“Honda Center is one of Anaheim’s world-class facilities, and the planned improvements will ensure it continues to be recognized as one of the finest sports and entertainment facilities in this country and abroad,” said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. “Henry and Susan Samueli continue to demonstrate their commitment to the Anaheim community and the entire Orange County region, and we are grateful.  Not only will the improvements enhance the guest experience, but more than ever, Honda Center itself will be NBA-ready.”

Designed by Rengel+Co Architects of Tustin, Cal., construction aspects will be overseen by Banyan Group Construction, Inc. of Torrance, Cal.

“We are thrilled to unveil the most significant improvement project ever seen at Honda Center,” said Tim Ryan, President and CEO of Anaheim Arena Management. “These multi-million dollar upgrades will have a dramatic impact on the overall fan experience and assure Honda Center stands up favorably next to any arena in the country, including those that house multiple sports franchises.

“We believe Henry and Susan Samueli are the finest owners in the NHL and this project is further proof of their ongoing commitment to providing Orange County fans with a state-of-the-art entertainment facility.”

The most dramatic change is a new 12,000-square-foot Grand Terrace, an indoor/outdoor entertainment space, located on the San Manuel Premium Level, that will be equipped with an 80-foot bar and upscale décor. Also new to the venue and located on the main level will be a 250-seat full service restaurant, which will be open to the public for all events. In addition, Honda Center is currently in its final phase of suite renovations, which will see upgrades to all 84 luxury boxes.

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