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Ducks Could Get 25 More Years at Honda Center

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The Anaheim Ducks could get 25 more years at the Honda Center, as the arena management company and the City of Anaheim are discussing a long-term renewal.  

Honda Center is owned by the City of Anaheim, with the venue’s management run by Anaheim Arena Management, LLC–an entity owned by Ducks owner Henry Samueli. The city and Anaheim Arena Management are discussing a 25-year extension of their arena management agreement, which would extend the Ducks’ stay at the facility while potentially allowing for other developments to take place.

The potential extension has not been finalized, and any deal will require city council approval, but the two sides have discussed the possibility of Anaheim Arena Management taking over operations of the ARTIC transit station. In addition, the deal could allow Anaheim Arena Management to redevelop surrounding parking. If the plan moves forward, it could not only ensure that the Ducks remain at Honda Center for the long haul, but potentially facilitate more development in the Platinum Triangle–a section of Anaheim that has seen plenty of redevelopment in recent years. More from The Orange County Register:

“We’re excited to work with the city of Anaheim as we continue to plan for the future of the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center. We are always looking to improve the fan experience and bring Anaheim the very best in world-class entertainment,” said a statement released from Anaheim Arena Management.

A potential new arena management deal could stretch 25 more years, with five extensions that would total an additional 25 years, [city spokesman Mike] Lyster said. The two sides have discussed a provision that would put Samueli’s company in charge of operations at ARTIC, the city-owned transit station that sits between the Honda Center and Angel Stadium.

Anaheim Arena Management already sells advertising on digital displays at ARTIC, Lyster said, and the new deal could allow it to put up a large electronic sign that would have helped shrink the station’s operating deficit but was never built.

Finally, Lyster said, a new deal could open the door for the management company to develop some of the acres of parking around the Honda Center with projects that would match the rest of the area – restaurants, shops, offices and apartments or condos.

Honda Center originally opened as Arrowhead Pond in 1993.

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