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American Airlines Center

American Airlines Center
The Hangar
Location 2500 Victory Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75201
Public transit Victory (TRE-DART station)
Owner City of Dallas[1]
Operator Center Operating Company, L.P.
(a joint venture between the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars)[2]
Capacity Basketball: 19,200, up to 21,146 with standing room
Ice hockey: 18,532, up to 19,323 with standing room
Concerts: 21,000
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 2015 dollars[3])
Architect David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services, Inc.
HKS, Inc.[4]
Johnson/McKibben Architects, Inc.
Project manager International Facilities Group, LLC.[5]
Structural engineer Walter P Moore[6]
Services engineer Flack & Kurtz Inc.[6]
General contractor Austin Commercial[7]/H.J. Russell[8]
Dallas Mavericks (NBA) (2001–present)
Dallas Stars (NHL) (2001–present)
Dallas Desperados (2002, 2004-2008)

American Airlines Center (AAC) is a multi-purpose arena, located in the Victory Park neighborhood, near downtown Dallas, Texas.

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.[9][10]

On March 18, 1999, American Airlines announced that it would be acquiring the naming rights for the arena for US$195 million.[11][12] 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.[13]


Athena Tacha, ground-plan of AT&T Plaza with star fountains, in front of American Airlines Center (2,000 sq ft (190 m2), 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2), in collaboration with SWA)

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.[14]



  • 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

Notable events

American Airlines Center (or "Dallas Arena") as seen in The Simpsons



  • The George W. Bush (himself a Texas resident, which was actually the basis for the comment).
  • 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.

Other Info

  • 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.


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  2. ^ Center Operating Company L.P.: Information and Much More from
  3. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  4. ^ American Airlines Center architect: HKS, Inc.
  5. ^ "American Airlines Center". International Facilities Group, LLC. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Architects, Contractors, and Subcontractors of Current Big Five Facility Projects". SportsBusiness Journal. July 20, 2000. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Special Report: What's On Deck?". SportsBusiness Journal. June 30, 2001. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ "American Airlines Center". Emporis. Retrieved September 18, 2011. 
  9. ^
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  11. ^ "American and the Arena Group Announce Agreement To Name New Dallas Facility American Airlines Center". American Airlines Center. Retrieved 25 October 2006. 
  12. ^ "Owners Add Upgrades to American Airlines Center". American Airlines Center. Retrieved 25 October 2006. 
  13. ^ August 19: This Date in Dallas Sidekicks History
  14. ^ "Entertainment Venue – American Airlines Center". American Airlines Center. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "2011 NBA Finals: American Airlines Series, The Rematch". Zimbio. May 28, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  16. ^ Hemlock, Doreen (May 27, 2011). "American Airlines is NBA Finals Winner, with Arenas Bearing its Name in Miami and Dallas".  

External links

  • American Airlines Center
  • Arena map and directions
  • StadiumJourney Dallas Mavericks review
  • StadiumJourney Dallas Stars review
Events and tenants
Preceded by
Reunion Arena
Home of the Dallas Mavericks
2001 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Reunion Arena
Home of the Dallas Stars
2001 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Xcel Energy Center
Host of the NHL All-Star Game
Succeeded by
Philips Arena
Preceded by

Lucas Oil Stadium
NCAA Women's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Finals Venue

Succeeded by

Nationwide Arena
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