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Honda Center: What to Know Before You Go

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Heading to the Honda Center in Anaheim for a concert or live performance? I’ve collected for you a few things you should know before you go. Many venues promise that there isn’t a bad seat in the house, but with Honda Center it’s true.  The arena is the perfect size and layout leaving sold-out events feeling intimate and hockey games like the Stanley Cup finals every night!

While I have seen quite a few concerts at Honda Center, yesterday we went to our first Anaheim Ducks hockey game vs. Ottawa Senators, and I became an instant fan of hockey and The Ducks. We won 5-1! It was a fun game. If you are looking for a last minute holiday gift, The Ducks Holiday Pack is fantastic. It includes: 2 tickets to 3 games; a Ducks “Ugly” sweater; and the first 500 packs get 2 lift tickets to Mountain High. 

So how big is the Honda Center? It seats: Hockey Capacity: 17,174; Basketball Capacity: 18,336; Center Stage Capacity: 18,900; End Stage Capacity: 18,325 and Theatre Capacity: 7,000

Fun Fact The distance from the arena’s highest seat straight down to the floor level is only 82 feet. Making even “nose-bleed seats” awesome. There really isn’t a bad seat in the house.

Tip: When dressing for an event at the Honda Center layer! The hockey games are cold and concerts are chilly due to the floorboards being directly over the ice. 

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What Can I Bring Inside Honda Center?

Are cameras allowed at Honda Center? Yes, however video, audio and cameras with lenses longer than six inches are not. And camera bags are not allowed. Last Foo Fighters show at Honda Center security would not allow GoPro cameras or iPads in. The two concert goers had to return the gadgets to their cars. Also, no selfie sticks. Ever.

Handbags will be subject to search and you will be asked to remove your jacket and everything from you pockets before going thru the metal detector.

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“Laptops, backpacks, briefcases, large bags (maximum size allowed 12” x 12” x 12″), wrapped gifts, coolers, weapons, drums, or laser pointers.

Tablets are not allowed at concert events.

Confetti, streamers, beach balls, glow sticks or balloons.

No gang attire of any kind.

No illegal drugs of any kind.

Cowbells are allowed into the building for hockey games only.

No outside food or beverages allowed into the venue. Exceptions may be made for medical reasons or baby food.

Weapons – Guests, including law enforcement personnel not present in an official capacity, are prohibited from bringing weapons into the arena. Weapons include, but are not limited to: firearms, explosives, stun guns, handcuffs, brass knuckles, sticks, clubs, batons, martial arts instruments, pepper spray, tear gas, knives, etc.

The distribution of promotional items, flyers, handbills and/or printed materials is not permitted without written permission of the Honda Center. In addition, vending, peddling or product sampling is not allowed.

Please note: There is no check-in area for prohibited items.

Clothing that has derogatory or obscene language that could be considered offensive to other guests.”

What is the Code of Conduct for Honda Center?

Don’t be lame. Honda Center is pretty strict when it comes to rules.  To report inappropriate guest behavior at a Honda Center event, text “RESPECT” to 78307 and include your seat location and issue.

California might be “stoner friendly,” but Honda Center is certainly not. Don’t be that really annoying person at a show who feels the need to blaze up around all those other people who don’t in order to enjoy the show. Toke outside, eat a brownie and call it a day. Since Honda Center is a smoke-free facility, they can escort you out or press charges. The smoking of legal medical marijuana or any illegal substance is prohibited on Honda Center premises. This includes electronic cigarettes. Guests who wish to leave the building to smoke tobacco products and re-enter must have their ticket scanned “out” before exiting the North Entrance Pass Gate door. Smoking is only allowed outside the North Entrance area surrounding the venue. To re-enter the arena, guests must be wanded and their ticket scanned “in” for re-entry.

Box Office and Ticket Information

Box Office Hours Honda Center box office is open from Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. One of the major perks of buying direct from The Honda Center box office is avoiding unnecessary service fees and inflated prices. So if a ticket is $75, there are no hidden fees upon check-out and you will pay $75. That’s all.

Tickets to upcoming events can be purchased at the box office using either cash or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express) with valid ID. Those unable to make it to the box office can purchase tickets via Charge-By-Phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com

Hearing impaired guests may purchase tickets using the Ticketmaster TDD phone line at (800) 731-1131.

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Upgrades Seat holders wishing to upgrade their tickets can! Just head over to the box office windows inside the East Entrance after entering and have cash. Upgrades are subject to availability and credit cards are not accepted for the difference. Note: Some tickets do not apply such as those purchased through a special offer, presale or comp tickets with a value of $0.00.

Will Call Will Call is located at the box office and opens one and a half hours prior to the event start time. When picking up tickets from Will Call, you must have photo identification and the credit card with which you purchased your tickets.

Where to Sit?

General Admission When it comes to overall concert experience, nothing beats “rail” or standing room only General Admission tickets. It’s the ideal “floor” location for diehard fans and those who love to be positioned in the front lines ready for action. Many of these fans line up hours before “doors” in hopes to score a spot on the barrier since it’s available on a non-reserved, first come basis.

Tip: If you plan on drinking or eating at Honda Center, you will need to do it before you head to the General Admission section. Under no circumstances are food and drink allowed on the ground level. And don’t think about sneaking that bottled water because all drinks are poured into giant cups by the vendor.

Individual Section Seats What are the best seats for a concert at The Honda Center? Without a doubt are the first few rows of sections 210, 209, 220 and 221. If you are not into standing, these seats are eye-level to the stage and feel as though you are in GA without the hassle.

As for hockey, I promise there isn’t a bad seat in the house. We sat in section 404, row L and we loved it. Fair warning, the stairs are steep, so if you have trouble climbing or with heights, the 400-level might not be the best spot in the house for you. 

Pacific Premier Bank Club Level These exclusive seats on the 300 level grant special guests access via private entrance, access to Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club, Superior event sight lines, theater style seating, and in-seat food and beverage service for Ducks games.

All-Event Premium Club Seats For those serious about attending live performances, enjoy year-round access to every event with All-Event Premium Club Seats. Seat holders have access to concierge service, preferred parking opportunities and a food and beverage credit for every Anaheim Ducks game. All-Event Premium Club Seats include an Account Manager and Service team to handle your needs and support any special requests.

All-Event Luxury Suites VIP Experiences begin at $12,000 for up-to 20 people including premier entertainment in a fully furnished Luxury Suite. Complete with leather sofas, cocktail table flat screen HDTV, wet bar and fridge, guests also receive access via private entrance, reserved parking, waiter service, and access to the Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club.

Honda Center Restaurants + Dining Options

Standing ‘O’ Head to Standing ‘O’ inside Honda Center for a full-service dining experience before, during and after the event.  The fan-focused atmosphere appropriately sets  he tone for that evening’s event and the menu offers a wide variety of appetizers and entrees including ‘O’ Fries, gourmet wings and gastropub-inspired burgers.  While dining, make sure not to pass up one of the many hand-picked selection of craft beers. Standing ‘O’ also has a great selection for pint-sized attendees on the kids’ menu.

The Grand Terrace An exclusive 15,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor entertainment space located on the Honda Center’s club level. Featuring more than 100 feet of bar space, upscale décor and service of the highest degree, The Grand Terrace is an entertainment setting like no other.” Complimentary admission is available to all ticketed guests for non-Ducks events.

Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Club is a private restaurant and bar for Premium Seat Holders on the Pacific Premier Bank Club Level. Enjoy a great view of the event from the bar (or settle into a seat at the restaurant,) and select from “a wide variety of freshly prepared appetizers, entrees, and desserts, or enjoy the nightly chef’s display with a buffet of seasonal items to satisfy even the most discriminating palates.”

Premium Lounge Lucky are Premium Seat Holders as they have the opportunity to enjoy access to the Premium Lounge, the most exclusive setting at Honda Center.  Open during all Anaheim Ducks games from the first through third intermissions, the Premium Lounge provides an upscale escape complete with drink specials, complimentary snacks and the opportunity to mingle and network in a comfortable, chic atmosphere.

Plaza Level Concessions Gelato (Sec. 202), Anaheim Pizza Co. (Sec. 203), Stoneworks (Sec. 210), The Classics (Sec. 212, 224), Center Ice (Sec. 217), Burger Bistro (Sec. 217), Outlaws Smokehouse (Sec. 219), Melissa’s Cart (Sec. 225), Pick Up Stix (Sec. 224), Wahoo’s (Sec. 228) and Standing ‘O’ Beer Stands.

Eating Gluten-free at Honda Center The Honda Center offers gluten-free dining options at the following spots: Anaheim Pizza Co., Outlaws Smokehouse, Melissa’s Cart, Stoneworks, The Classics, and Burger Bistro.

How to Get to Honda Center

Amtrak or Metrolink Trains Guests of The Honda Center can sit back, relax, avoid traffic and still arrive to the event on time thanks to Amtrak and Metrolink.  Ride any Amtrak or Metrolink train to Anaheim Station (The Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center). Use the new gate on Track 1 to walk to Katella Avenue  and walk east (right) on Katella Avenue to Douglass Street. Cross the street to the Honda Center.
Purchase a round trip Amtrak ticket at the station from the ticket vending machine, online at Amtrak.com or by calling 800-USA-RAIL. For Metrolink train schedules, visit metrolinktrains.com or call 800-371-LINK for more information.

By Car Always leave ample amount of time when heading to The Honda Center for an event. For evening events, always factor in additional travel time Monday – Friday during rush hour traffic. If you’re planning on arriving by car, there are a variety of different ways to access the venue.

Tip: Access to Douglass Road and subsequently GATE 3 may occasionally be closed off from East Bound Katella by Anaheim traffic control. Should this happen, continue forward on Katella and make a u-turn at the next turnout. Then make a right on Douglass Road and continue to GATE 3.

Parking at Honda Center

Bring Cash! Parking fees must be paid with cash only.

Drop-off Only You can drop off someone for an event at Honda Center by entering the parking lot via Douglass and pull forward to the Gate 3 parking booths. Advise the cashier you would like to purchase a “Refund” parking ticket. This ticket will allow you 30 minutes to drop off your guest in the unloading zone located on the South side of Honda Center. You will be completely refunded your entire parking fee at the “Refund Gate” should you leave in under 30 minutes.

General Parking – Concerts $20 / Ducks, Family or Sporting Events: $16.

Preferred Parking (if Available) – Concerts $25 / Ducks Family or Sporting Events: $25.

RVs – Concerts $30 / Ducks Family or Sporting Events: $30.

Limo – Concerts $40 / Ducks Family or Sporting Events: $25.

Bus & Bus Shuttle (unlimited drop-off and pick-up for an event) – Concerts $30 / Ducks Family or Sporting Events: $30.

There are 3 main gates into The Honda Center Parking Lots:

GATE 1 – Park as directed. Please note that GATE 1 closes at the beginning of each event.

GATE 3 – All of the above routes guide the driver through the back streets of Honda Center, at which point the parking lot entry will be at GATE 3.

GATE 4 – Follow the “Event Parking” signs on Phoenix Club Drive until you reach the parking booths. Park as directed. Please note that GATE 4 will close one half hour after the beginning of each event.

Tips

Tailgating and/or the consumption of alcohol is prohibited within The Honda Center parking lots.

GATE 3 is open three hours prior to the doors of the arena opening. For most events, all parking gates will be open one hour prior to the doors of the arena opening. Gate 3 is always open for the Box Office and Ducks Team Store.

Disabled parking is available in Main Lots 1 and 2.

Do not park on the private property in the area surrounding Honda Center without the permission of the owner. Privately operated lots are located in-close proximity to the venue.

Honda Center
2695 E Katella Ave
Anaheim, CA 92806
(714) 704-2400
www.hondacenter.com

Photo credits: Honda Center

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Written by Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley

Nicole Standley curates her favorite trends in luxury travel, fine-dining, style + pop culture for The JetSet Family, CBS Los Angeles, Huffington Post and Hilton Hotels. In 2015, she was named Top Family Travel Blogger by both Trip Advisor + Red Tricycle. Instagram: nicoledstandley

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  • valmg @ Mom Knows It All October 14, 2015

    Looks like you had amazing seats for Foo! I have never understood why more venues don’t include parking in the ticket, so people don’t need to worry about keeping cash.

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