Honda Center, still in contention to bring an NBA team to Anaheim, will undergo improvements to the 19-year-old arena valued in the "tens of millions" of dollars, arena officials said Thursday.
Tim Ryan, president and CEO of Honda Center's operator, Anaheim Arena Management, said in a statement that the upgrades represent "the most significant improvement project ever seen at Honda Center … [and] 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."
The projects are to break ground in the fall, and "an expedited [construction] timeline is in place," arena officials said. The arena, home to the NHL's Ducks, was previously set to undergo upgrades thanks to a $25-million bond measure approved by the city in April.
Use of those funds was contingent on an announced move to Anaheim by the NBA's Sacramento Kings, however, and that was delayed at least until next year as Sacramento attempts to raise funds to construct a new arena.