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Anaheim Arena Now the "Honda Center"

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ANAHEIM, Calif. 10/03/2006 -- Amid screeching tires from an Indy Car driven by Danica Patrick, booming pyrotechnics and colorful confetti, Southern California's premier entertainment and sports venue became Honda Center today.

The name change was made official by executives from Anaheim Arena Management, LLC (AAM), the management company of Honda Center, and American Honda Motor Co., Inc. during a ceremony in the arena parking lot. Danica Patrick, 2005 IndyCar Rookie of the Year and driver of the #16 Rahal Letterman Dallara Honda, made a stunning entrance in her IRL race car. At the podium were Henry and Susan Samueli, owners of AAM and the Anaheim Ducks; arena President and CEO Tim Ryan; American Honda Senior Vice President, Auto Operations John Mendel and Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle.

"We are thrilled to welcome American Honda Motor Company into our family and to have their name on our first-class venue," said Ryan. "As a long-time member of the Southern California community, Honda will be a tremendous partner. Honda is dedicated to supporting our community, our fans and our vision of hosting simply the best in sports and entertainment."

The arena naming-rights deal is the first such agreement for Honda and the first name change for the 13-year-old venue. The agreement, which has an initial term of 15 years with the opportunity for a 10-year extension, was originally announced on July 19 by AAM and Honda.

"This amazing venue is in Honda's very own backyard, where our associates work, live and play, and it is an important sales market for us," said Mendel. "The naming of Honda Center grants us the opportunity to increase Honda's involvement with the community that has welcomed us with open arms for more than 40 years."

Unveiled today during the fanfare was a Honda Center logo on the southeast corner of the arena, measuring approximately 74.5 feet wide by 20 feet tall. It is one of four corner signs that will be visible to passengers traveling in more than 95 million cars annually on Katella Avenue and the Orange Freeway (57). (Source: CalTrans and City of Anaheim) From the air, a Honda Center sign measuring approximately 157 feet wide and 24 feet tall will be visible on the roof of the arena. All signs will be illuminated at night.

The logo features the red corporate "Honda" logo and the word "Center" in gray.

In addition to the building signage, fans will notice Honda product displays at events, branding on the two arena marquees, in-arena graphics on the video boards and a new web site at www.hondacenter.com.

Fans will also benefit from the new partnership with promotions at events and in the local marketplace.

"One lucky fan will win a 2007 Honda Element at the Anaheim Ducks season opener on October 6 when we face our crosstown rivals, the LA Kings," said Ryan. "This is just the beginning of creative ideas that we are discussing with Honda."

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, per company policy for both AAM and Honda.

This is the second big change for the arena this year, as the Mighty Ducks became the Anaheim Ducks on June 22 and unveiled a new logo and new colors.

[source: American Honda]

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"One lucky fan will win a 2007 Honda Element at the Anaheim Ducks season opener on October 6 when we face our crosstown rivals, the LA Kings," said Ryan.

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Sweet! You can win a beer cooler!

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Sweet! You can win a beer cooler!

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LOL beer cooler Mmmm beer now i want one damnit, I hate these corporate sponsors on arenas they used to have special names that identified with the teams that played there or the city they were in. Anaheim MD's was "the pond" now it's the honda center crappy, the ICE PALACE here in Tampa turned into the St. Pete times Forum lame,anyway there are too many to list but my point is this sucks the Mighty Ducks should at least try to get sponsored by 3M Duct Tape it could be the DUCT TAPE ARENA.

P.S. NHL opening night tonight finally a real sport to watch.

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I liked Ice Palace better, too. What was the saddest to me was when Candlestick Park became 3Com Park. Is 3Com even around anymore?

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Great! Now I have to see that every time I drive between LA and SD! It actually meant something when it was called "The Pond." Ducks don't live in hondas!

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Wow, how coincidental. As soon as the Mighty Ducks lost their might to become just the Anaheim Ducks, Honda put their name on the building.

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Poor Anaheim. :lol:

Up here in Vancouver, we got the General Motors Place, :thumbsup:

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