Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Anaheim Arena Management, LLC
Kevin Starkey is the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Anaheim Arena Management (AAM). He oversees all arena-specific departments, including venue operations, event services, marketing, public relations and the box office. In addition, Starkey oversees the entire food and beverage division for Honda Center, including each of the arena's three full-service restaurants, dozens of concessions concepts and catering operations.
Starkey's career in public facilities and arena management has spanned 29 years. He is responsible for many of the company's large-scale operations successes. Last year, he led the installation and project management responsibilities of Honda Center's new state-of-the-art scoreboard, sound system, control room and video edit suites. In addition, he was intricately involved in the construction and logistical aspects of the San Diego Gulls move to Southern California, overseeing the construction of their locker room at Valley View Casino Center and highly acclaimed athlete training and performance facility in Poway.
Starkey recently has been overseeing the concourse expansion project. The project adds thousands of feet to the venue's south entrance and connects the Anaheim Ducks Team Store with inspired food & beverage concepts. He also oversaw construction the most extensive single upgrade in the venue's 20-year history, the Grand Terrace Project. It features the 15,000 square foot indoor/outdoor Shock Top Terrace and the Anaheim Ducks Team Store. Past projects under Starkey's direction include the venue's installation and implementation of Cisco StadiumVision, a highly successful $13 million renovation in 2006, a 95-foot marquee located adjacent to the 57 Freeway, a completely remodeled club level restaurant (Jack Daniel's Old No. 7), and a second in-arena LED ring. Starkey also manages on-going renovations to Honda Center's 84 luxury suites, and is involved in booking contracts and event creation.
Starkey, hired at the arena in 1993, has also been instrumental in all facets of the building's day-to-day operational efforts, including all beautification, maintenance, changeover and capital improvements.
Prior to joining AAM, Starkey worked at the Great Western Forum, then home to the National Basketball Association's Los Angeles Lakers and National Hockey League's Los Angeles Kings.
A native of Torrance, California, Starkey graduated from California State University, Long Beach where he played quarterback for the school from 1979-80. Starkey played three seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Ottawa Rough Riders and the Montreal Concorde, highlighted by an appearance in the 1981 Grey Cup against Warren Moon and the Edmonton Eskimos (26-23 loss). He also played two seasons in the United States Football League with the Oakland Invaders and Portland Breakers.
Kevin and his wife, Christine, reside in Murrieta. He has three children: Sean, Alyssa and Christian.