Ariana Grande, shown during a 2017 concert, is among the many performers who are part of Honda Center’s history. (Courtesy Honda Center)

The stories of Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks are so intertwined that now, 25 years later, it’s impossible to discuss one without the other.

But at the beginning, Honda Center, formerly Arrowhead Pond, was going to open without a sports tenant, a rarity for a large arena.

Tim Ryan, Honda Center CEO and chief...


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