Honda Center staff share memories upon the Anaheim


When she first took the job as a ticket taker/usher at the still-under-construction arena off the 57 Freeway and Katella Avenue in Anaheim in 1993, Orange County resident Robin San Roman told herself that it would only be a temporary gig to make some extra money that summer.

She was already working full-time as an instructional assistant for a nearby college district and since she had summers off, she figured “Why not?”

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“I drove by and saw this really cool building being built and I was like ‘What is that?’” she recalled during a recent interview inside that very building, which is now the Honda Center. “I did some research and I found out what it was going to be and I thought ‘Wow, that seems like it would be a lot of fun.’ I told myself I’d do it for one month. That was my plan. Now here we are, 30 years later.”

Honda Center, first known as the Anaheim Arena and then The Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, officially opened its doors on June 17, 1993. San Roman said she became addicted to being an usher because of all the cool concerts she was able to see, but the arena was also designed to be home to a new NHL hockey team, the Anaheim Ducks.

“I knew nothing about hockey, but I was curious and wanted to stick around to see what it was all about,” she said. On October 8, 1993, the Ducks, then known as The Mighty Ducks, played the Detroit Red Wings in their very first game at the venue.

San Roman was hooked.

“I fell head over heels in love with ice hockey and that’s what has kept me here for 30 years,” she said. “I love hockey, I love my Ducks, that is my team. This place, Honda Center, it’s a special place to me. It feels like home to me.”

Of course, San Roman said she enjoys he perks of being an usher, which includes interacting with regular season ticketholders and concert fans, as well as being able to see thousands of concerts during her part-time shifts. She’s gotten to see the Rolling Stones, Andrea Bocelli, the Eagles and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, among many other acts.

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