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Honda Center officially breaks ground on new expansion

The Grand Terrace project is the venue’s most extensive upgrade to date.

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: February 09, 2012 09:35 AM

Officials gathered at the Honda Center in Anaheim yesterday to mark the groundbreaking of the venue’s most extensive upgrade. Representatives from Anaheim Arena Management (AAM), the city-owned Center’s management firm, and Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait donned hard hats and wielded golden shovels to recognize the commencement of the ambitious project.

“Anaheim consistently ranks among the finest cities in the country, which is clearly a reflection of the leadership shown by Mayor Tom Tait, the city council and city officials,” said Michael Schulman, Honda Center’s chairman of the board. “This project is yet another testament to the city’s forward-thinking management and position as a premier sports and entertainment destination.”

The Grand Terrace project encompasses several new upgrades for the Center, including the construction of a new full-service restaurant, an expansion of the existing team store, and the highlight of the project, the new Grand Terrace itself.

“Orange County has been our home for many years, and long before becoming formally involved, my family and I came to Honda Center as fans,” said Henry Samueli, Anaheim Ducks and AAM owner. “It’s been remarkable to see the arena develop into the state-of-the art facility it is today, and we are excited to play a part in its continued improvement.”

The Grand Terrace, a 12,000-square-foot indoor/outdoor entertainment and lounge space, will be located on the south side of the Center’s San Manuel Premium Level. A members-only area, the new Terrace will feature an 80-foot bar, dining options, luxury décor, incomparable views and high-class service. Memberships for the Terrace are available to Anaheim Ducks season seat holders; a limited number of reservations for memberships are still available.

The Center’s new full-service public restaurant will be located on the main level and will offer guests a relaxed new dining option for all events, with a full menu and family atmosphere. The expansion of the Anaheim Ducks Team Store will more than double the venue’s retail capacity, bringing it from 1,800 square feet to 4,200 square feet. The store will continue to carry its unique team-branded clothing and merchandise as well as specialty National Hockey League items.

“Orange County has proven to be a fantastic market for live entertainment, and we continually strive to provide fans with a world-class experience at Honda Center,” said Tim Ryan, Honda Center’s president and CEO. “Upon completion of The Grand Terrace Project, our guests will enjoy amenities that compare favorably with premier facilities around the country, including venues in major sports cities like Chicago, Boston, Dallas and Toronto.”

The project is designed by Rengel+Co Architects of Tustin and will be constructed by Banyan Group Construction of Torrance. The full completion date is set for early 2013.

For more information about the Honda Center project, click here. To reserve a Grand Terrace membership by making a deposit, click here.

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