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American Airlines Center
Location in the United States
|Address||2500 Victory Park Lane|
|Public transit|| Trinity Railway Express|
Dallas Area Rapid Transit:
|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||US$420 million|
(US$643 million in 2021 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.
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 $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.
The Mavericks' lease on the AAC runs through to 2031, and once it runs out owner Mark Cuban has considered a new arena to replace the AAC.
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.
American Airlines Center Has Also Hosted Many WWE PPV’s Including Survivor Series 2003, Night of Champions 2008, Hell in a Cell 2010, Hell in a Cell 2014, WWE Great Balls Of Fire, And NXT Stand & Deliver 2022