American Airlines Center
|Location||2500 Victory Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201
|Public transit||Victory (TRE-DART station)|
|Owner||City of Dallas|
|Operator||Center Operating Company, L.P.
(a joint venture between the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars)
|Capacity||Basketball: 19,200, up to 21,146 with standing room
Ice hockey: 18,532, up to 19,323 with standing room
|Field size||840,000 square feet (78,000 m2)|
|Broke ground||September 1, 1999|
|Opened||July 17, 2001|
|Construction cost||$420 million
($559 million in 2014 dollars)
|Architect||David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services, Inc.
Johnson/McKibben Architects, Inc.
|Project manager||International Facilities Group, LLC.|
|Structural engineer||Walter P Moore|
|Services engineer||Flack & Kurtz Inc.|
|General contractor||Austin Commercial/H.J. Russell|
|Dallas Mavericks (NBA) (2001–present)
Dallas Stars (NHL) (2001–present)
Dallas Desperados (2002, 2004-2008)
The venue serves as the home to the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association, and the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League. The arena is also used for concerts and other live entertainment. It opened in 2001 at a cost of $420 million.
History and construction
By 1998, the Dallas Mavericks, then owned by H. Ross Perot, Jr., and the Dallas Stars were indicating their desire for a new facility to replace the dated Reunion Arena. Dallas taxpayers approved a new hotel tax and rental car tax to pay for a new facility to cover a portion of the funding, with the two benefiting teams, the Mavericks and the Stars, picking up the remaining costs, including cost overruns. The new arena was to be built just north of Woodall Rodgers Freeway near Interstate 35E on the site of an old power plant.
On March 18, 1999, American Airlines announced that it would be acquiring the naming rights for the arena for US$195 million. American Airlines is headquartered in Fort Worth and is based at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
On July 27, 2001, the facility opened with the largest ribbon-cutting ceremony ever, according to the Guinness Book of Records. The first event occurred the next day with an Eagles concert. On the next night, the arena hosted the last show of Michael Flatley's Feet of Flames tour. The first sporting event took place on August 19, 2001, with the Dallas Sidekicks of the World Indoor Soccer League taking on the San Diego Sockers.
Principal design work was carried out by David M. Schwarz Architectural Services of Washington D.C. American Airlines Center was designed to be the heart of a new urban, commercial area designed to reinvigorate the city of Dallas called Victory Park. The facility itself features a conservative, traditional design with sweeping brick façades and smooth arches, and has been graced with a number of awards (below). The interior includes retractable seating, public art and a state-of-the-art technological arena. Because of the Quonset hut-like appearance of its roof and the fact that American Airlines holds the naming rights some fans have come to refer to it as "The Hangar".
On the south side of the arena AT&T Plaza (also called Victory Plaza) serves as the principal entrance into the facility, designed by artist Athena Tacha in 2000. The plaza provides an open space with fountains flanked by retail and office buildings. With several high-definition video displays from Daktronics mounted on the side of the arena and office buildings, the plaza is often used for outdoor events and movie showings.
- 9 Top Venue in US, Billboard, 2011
- 17 Top Venue in World, Billboard, 2011
- 5 Top Venue in US, Pollstar, 2011
- 18 Top Venue in World, Pollstar, 2011
- 5 Top Venue in US, Billboard, 2010
- 14 Top Venue in World, Billboard, 2010
- 2 Top Venue in US, Pollstar, 2010
- 11 Top Venue in World, Pollstar, 2010
- 3 Top Venue in US, Billboard, 2009
- 9 Top Venue World Wide, Billboard, 2009
- 2 Year End US Ticket Sales, Pollstar, 2009
- 9 Year End World Wide Ticket Sales, Pollstar, 2009
- 4 Year End US Ticket Sales, Pollstar, 2008
- 12 Year End World Wide Tickets Sales, Pollstar, 2008
- 4 America's Most Lucrative Arenas, Forbes Magazine, 2008
- 4 Year End US Ticket Sales, Poll Star, 2007
- 9 Year End World Wide TIcket Sales, Pollstar, 2007
- American Builders and Contractors North Texas Excellence in Construction Award of Merit, 2007 – American Airlines Center Platinum Club Renovation
- Readers Pick, Best Sports Venue, 2007 -Dallas Observer
- Concert Venue of the Year, 2006 – Pollstar Magazine
- Slam Dunk Award, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007 – Harlem Globetrotters
- Top Dog Venue of the Year, 2003 – Tour Guide Magazine
- "Voice of the Fan" Program, 2002 & 2003 – Top ranking facility in most customer services and design related categories
- Best Sports Venue, 2002 & 2003 – Dallas Observer
- Facility of Merit, 2002 – Athletic Business
- QUOIN Award, 2002 – Associated General Contractors of America/Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter
- Engineering Excellence Award, 2002 – American Council of Engineering Companies
- Real Estate Deals Award, 2002 – Dallas Business Journal
- Project of the Year Award, 2002 – Masonry Construction
- Record for Longest Ribbon and Largest Ribbon Cutting, 2001 – Gunniess Book of World Records
- Best New Major Concert Venue for 2001 – Pollstar Magazine
- Phoenix Award, 2001 – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Golden Trowel Award of Excellence, 2001 – United Masonry Contractors Association
- International Excellence in Masonry Award, 2001 – Masonry Contractors Association of America
- Mega Project Over $100 Million, 2001 – Associated Builders and Contractors
- Best of 2001 Judges Award, 2001 – F.W. Dodge
- Outstanding Project Team of the Year, 2001 – American Subcontractor Association
- Outstanding Project Over $25 Million, 2001 – American Subcontractor Association
- Minority Business Development Agency Outstanding Corporate Award for its M/WBE achievements, 2000 & 2001
- City of Dallas Senior Affairs Commission and Friends of Senior Affairs has recognized Center Operating Co. with the 2003 Employer of the Year award, which was presented at MayFair 2003, the City's Fourteenth Annual event for Older Americans Month
- After the Dallas Desperados played their first season in the AAC, they moved to nearby Reunion Arena and played there for their second season. For their third season, they moved back to the AAC, where they played until the league folded.
- The AAC hosted the Big 12 Basketball Tournament in 2003, 2004 & 2006.
- The PBR hosted a Built Ford Tough Series bull riding event at the AAC, annually, between 2005 & 2009.
- American Airlines Center, as well as American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida, hosted the 2006 NBA Finals, in which the Dallas Mavericks were defeated in six games by the Miami Heat. This was both teams' first appearance in the Finals. Because American Airlines held the rights to both venues in the final, the series was nicknamed by some as the "American Airlines series".
- Hosted the 55th National Hockey League All-Star Game on January 24, 2007.
- Co-hosted the 2011 NBA Finals (Games 3, 4, and 5) with American Airlines Arena in Miami (the same venues as the 2006 Finals), a rematch of the 2006 championship series against the Miami Heat. It was both teams' second appearance in the Finals, and this time the Mavericks won in 6 games.
- On Saturday June 18, 2011, it played host to Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum.
- UFC 103 was held at the Center on September 19, 2009. UFC 171 was hosted at the Center on March 15, 2014.
- The WWE has held events at the AAC including Monday Night Raw, WWE SmackDown, ECW (WWE) and pay-per-views such as Survivor Series (2003), Night of Champions (2008), Hell in a Cell (2010), and Hell in a Cell (2014).
- The Dixie Chicks performed during their Top of the World Tour on July 6, 2003, with Michelle Branch as their opening act. It was at this show that lead vocalist Natalie Maines received a death threat, saying she'd "be shot dead" at this concert, due to her controversial comment toward President George W. Bush (himself a Texas resident, which was actually the basis for the comment).
- Cher performed at the arena on March 26th, 2014. The concert was part of her Dressed to Kill Tour (Cher).
- Madonna stopped at the arena for her MDNA Tour on October 20th, and 21st, 2012. It was her first time in 22 years to visit Dallas. She last stopped by on her Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990, performing at Reunion Arena.
- American singer/songwriter, P!nk performed at the arena for the first time on the 23rd of September, 2009 on her Funhouse Tour. She also performed at the arena again on the February 22, 2013 on her The Truth About Love Tour.
- Barbadian pop singer, Rihanna performed at the arena for the first time on July 8th, 2011 on her Loud Tour. She was scheduled to perform at the arena again on the 16th of April, 2013 on her Diamonds World Tour, but rescheduled for November 11th, 2013.
- American R&B singer Beyoncé performed at the arena for the first time on July 13, 2007 with her The Beyoncé Experience Tour. She visited the arena again with her I Am... Tour on July 5 2009. She is also set to perform two sold out dates with her third world tour, The Mrs. Carter Show, on July 6, 2013 and December 9, 2013.
- American Pop superstar Lady Gaga performed at the arena with her Monster Ball Tour on July 22nd and 23rd of 2010, and once again on March 14th, 2011. She most recently visited the arena with her Born This Way Ball on January 29th, 2013. She is scheduled to perform at the arena for her next tour, artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball, on July 17, 2014.
- Built on and in the shadows of the former Dallas neighborhood of Little Mexico, the beginnings of the Mexican American population in the Dallas area.
- A few weeks after the first event, it was found that the glass installed in the bathrooms was not the same as what was originally intended. Many who drove by the arena complained they had a clear view into the restrooms. The glass was quickly changed to the correct type the next week.
- The AAC was pictured in The Simpsons episode "The Burns and the Bees" as "Dallas Arena".
- On Tuesday June 21 and Wednesday June 22 of 2011, it played host to the Dallas audition stages in the first season of the Fox singer search programme The X Factor.
- #6 Dallas Mavericks - Forbes.com
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- August 19: This Date in Dallas Sidekicks History
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