American Airlines Center
The House that Dirk Built
Exterior view, September 2011
|Address||2500 Victory Avenue|
|Public transit|| Trinity Railway Express|
Dallas Area Rapid Transit:
at Victory 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 sq ft (78,000 m2)|
|Broke ground||September 1, 1999|
|Opened||July 17, 2001|
|Construction cost||$420 million|
($606 million in 2019 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 (AFL) (2002, 2004–2008)
Dallas Vigilantes (AFL) (2010–2011)
The American Airlines Center (AAC) is a multi-purpose arena located in the Victory Park neighborhood in downtown Dallas, Texas. The arena serves as the home of 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 was 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 arena to replace the aging and undersized Reunion Arena. Dallas taxpayers approved a new hotel tax and rental car tax to pay for a new arena 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 (AA) announced that it would be acquiring the naming rights for the arena for US$195 million. AA is headquartered in nearby Fort Worth and is based at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. From its opening in 2001 until 2013, the AAC had the then-current AA logo; thereafter the AAC has used the current AA logo.
The first event occurred the next day with an Eagles concert. Outdoors on the plaza before the Eagles concert, Tom Chaffee & the Saturnalia instrumental rock in jazz band played while patrons entered the venue. 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.
The AAC includes a practice court for the Mavericks, who used it for regular practices until 2017 when a separate facility was built in the Dallas Design District near the arena.
Principal design work was carried out by the Driehaus Prize winner and New Classical architect David M. Schwarz 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, PNC Plaza (formerly called Victory Plaza and AT&T 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 HD 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.
Western entrance of the American Airlines Center before game 3 of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators
American Airlines Center during warmups before game 3 of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs between the Dallas Stars and the Nashville Predators
- 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 Miami Heat defeated the Dallas Mavericks in six games. Because American Airlines held the rights to both venues in the NBA Finals, 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 NBA Finals), a rematch of the 2006 championship series against the Miami Heat. It was both teams' second appearance in the NBA 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. UFC 185 was held at the Center on March 14, 2015. UFC 211 was held at the center on May 13, 2017. UFC 228 was held at the American Airlines Center on the 8th of September 2018.
- On September 24, 2016, the arena hosted the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions.
- American Airlines Center hosted the WWE pay-per-view Great Balls of Fire, which took place July 9, 2017.
- American Airlines Center hosted the opening round of round-robin matches of New Japan Pro Wrestling's G1 Climax series on July 6, 2019.
The arena also hosted the Junior Gold Championships Opening Ceremony. The Junior Gold championships is an annual bowling tournament every July, for the best youth bowlers in the country and in the world.
In film and TV
- The AAC was pictured in The Simpsons episode "The Burns and the Bees" as "Dallas Arena".
- On Tuesday, June 21 and Wednesday, June 22, 2011, it played host to the Dallas audition stages in the first season of the Fox singer search programme The X Factor.
- On Monday, September 14, 2015, Republican Party presidential candidate Donald Trump held a campaign rally in the arena.
- A rally for President Donald Trump was held Thursday, October 17, 2019 in the arena.
- 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.
- In September 2019, a suite leased at the American Airlines Center by Visitdallas for $250,000 a year led to an ethics against Dallas City Council Member Casey Thomas for failing to report tickets he received as gifts
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- Miller, Steve. "VisitDallas gifts draw ethics complaint against Dallas council member". The Texas Monitor. Retrieved September 11, 2019.
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