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No Doubt & Gwen Stefani Played in Total 9 Times in Honda Center

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Posted on 13:21, Wednesday, June 20

OC Register - Honda Center at 25: You know about the name changes, but do you know who has performed at the Anaheim arena the most times?

A sold-out crowd of Barry Manilow fans christened the Honda Center then called the Anaheim Arena 25 years ago Tuesday, June 19.

In the two and half decades since, the arena has hosted fans of hip hop, heavy metal, classic rock, boy bands and just about anything in between.

Under the monikers The Pond, the Arrowhead Pond and the Honda Center, the city-owned arena has hosted more than 4,000 events including every home game of the Anaheim Ducks, who had their own mighty name change.

Annually the arena hosts the circus, bull riding, ice skating shows and WWE wrestling. Its been the venue for gymnastics championships, UFC fights and Big West basketball games.

For President/CEO Tim Ryan, who has been with the arena since the beginning, few moments have been more memorable than standing on the ice after the Ducks won the Stanley Cup in 2007.

He said he knew the facility would be able to bring in the big acts when it hosted Barbra Streisand in 1994 for the final date of her first tour in 30 years.

I got there early, he said of the morning the tickets went on sale, and I looked out at thousands of people who had been there since early in the morning.

Several shows were added on the fly as the crowd quickly bought them out Streisand played six nights.

That was something that really jump-started the profile of the arena, Ryan said. The market has really proven itself year after year.

The arenas management finished several improvements in recent years, including the addition of the 15,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor Shock Top Terrace and the 10,000-square-foot expansion to the South Entrance. It has started replacing the 5,000 seats in the arenas lower level and expects to replace all the seating in the next two to three years.

Looking to the future, Ryan said the arena is eyeing the growth of eSports as another entertainment source to tap into.

As the Honda Center kicks off its silver anniversary celebration, which includes a ticket sweepstakes you can find out about at HondaCenter.com/ThisIs25, here are 10 things you might not have known or remembered about its first 25 years:

1. The arena is owned by the city of Anaheim and was built for $109 million. In 2003, city officials hired Anaheim Arena Management by Henry Samueli to take over management of the facility  two years before Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corp., bought the hockey team.

2. The then Mighty Ducks notched their first victory in front of a crowd of 13,405 at the arena on Sept. 29, 1993 against the New York Islanders in a pre-season exhibition game. Patrick Carnback deflected a pass from Joe Sacco into the net to secure the 3-2 victory. Their first regular season victory came on Oct. 14, 1993 against the Edmonton Oilers, 4-3, in front of a home crowd of 15,570.

3. The Ducks sold more than 12,000 season tickets in their inaugural year.

4. The Ducks had just lost in Game 7 against the New Jersey Devils in their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals when the arena turned 10. At least the loss wasnt at home?

5. The Ducks, who had dropped the reference to the Disney movie two years before, won the Stanley Cup in 2007 in five games against the Ottawa Senators. This time they won in front of their fans.

6. When set up for a concert, the Honda Center can seat more than 19,000.

7. The Korean boy band BTS holds the record for selling out the arena in the fastest time. They played two sold-out shows during their 2017 tour.

8. Mexican musician Marco Antonio Solis has played the arena a record nine times, the most for a solo artist. The Eagles hold the record for the most performances by a group. Tied with eight performances each are Alan Jackson, Bon Jovi, Andrea Bocelli, and Elton John.

9. Anaheims own Gwen Stefani has found her way back to town to perform at the arena nine times five times with No Doubt and four more times on her own.

10. The Honda Center has hosted early-round games of the NCAAs March Madness seven times and will again next year.

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