Anaheim just raised the bar for the near-future “experience-filled” mixed-use downtown with City Council approving a $4 billion sports and entertainment district called ocV!BE.
The 95-acre district, which will be anchored by the existing Honda Center (home of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks franchise), will include a concert hall, apartments, retailers, office space and dozens of restaurants.
In addition to the 5,700-seat concert hall, the new entertainment district will include a 50,000 SF market hall, 20 acres of public space and two hotels totaling 650 rooms.
Approximately 1.1 million SF of office space is planned at ocV!BE, along with 1,500 residential units, 15% of which is said to be affordable.
Also on the Entertainment District site is the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC), a rail, bus, and taxi transit hub that was built next to the hockey arena.
The Samueli family, which owns the Ducks franchise and manages the Honda Center, leads the development team for the entertainment district. The developers submitted the original plans for ocV!BE to the city of Anaheim in 2020.
The first phase of the project is scheduled for completion in 2024. The entire entertainment district is scheduled to be completed ahead of the Los Angeles 2028 Summer Olympics, when the Honda Center will host the indoor volleyball competition.
Anaheim’s new entertainment center is modeled after District Detroit, Motown’s sports and entertainment hub, which boasts “the densest concentration of the big four sports teams in an urban core.”
The teams are Detroit’s Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons, and The District Detroit is a thriving downtown entertainment center attached to their venues.
Adjacent to Comerica Park and the historic Fox Theater, The District Detroit is home to the Little Caesars Arena, the Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and the Little Caesars new headquarters expansion. Little Caesars Arena features four shopping and dining locations: Mike’s Pizza Bar, Sports & Social Detroit, District Market and Team Store, as well as office space for Google, 313 Presents and the Detroit Red Wings.
New businesses coming to The District Detroit include Tin Roof Detroit, The M Den, Frita Batidos, Rush Bowls, Sahara Restaurant and Grill, Union Joints, Detroit Medical Center and Warner Norcross & Judd. The District of Detroit has brought an estimated $2.1 billion in economic impact to the Detroit Metro.