When it comes to sports and the city of Dallas is mentioned, most people automatically think of the Cowboys. That makes sense because the team that wears the blue star on its helmets has long been referred to as “America’s team.”
And while the Cowboys do have a national following, they are not the only team in town. What’s more, the football stadium they call home actually shares the local spotlight with American Airlines Center.
That is where the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Dallas Stars play their home games. It is also where the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Dallas Mavericks are a permanent tenant.
American Airlines Center, which is owned by the city of Dallas, opened its gates for the very first time on July 17, 2001. Construction costs for the new building reached four hundred twenty million dollars. That same facility, if built today, just fourteen years later, would cost a whopping five hundred fifty-nine million dollars.
American Airlines Center is a big, multi-purpose arena. Capacity seating differs by sport and entertainment event. The Dallas Stars, when sold out, play before eighteen thousand five hundred thirty-two “crazed” fans. When Standing Room tickets are sold, attendance jumps to nineteen thousand three hundred twenty-three.
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The Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association (NBA) share tenancy with the hockey club. Seating capacity for their games tops out at nineteen thousand two hundred. When Standing Room tickets are added, the total jumps to twenty one thousand one hundred forty-six.
Concerts, which draw large crowds at American Airlines Center, are listed as Sold Out when twenty one thousand fans make their way through the turnstiles.
American Airlines Center has been cited for excellence, for its construction, its layout, amenities and for fan experience. In fact, this highly regarded destination for sports and entertainment has consistently been voted one of the world’s top venues in polls conducted by Billboard and Pollstar.
So it should come as no surprise that this downtown Dallas facility draws events such as Professional Bull Riding (PBR) tournaments and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Pay-Per-View and regular television programming. The National Hockey League All Star game in 2007 and too-many-concerts-to-count have also taken place in American Airlines Center.
The Dixie Chicks “Top OfThe World” Tour in 2003 drew a capacity crowd as did performances by Madonna, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce, Rihanna, Pink, Justin Bieber and many others.
The large and growing population of Dallas and its nearby surrounding suburbs, and their love of indoor sports and music virtually assure that “good times” lie ahead for American Airlines Center. People enjoy being entertained. And every event that takes place in “Big D’s” top indoor facility provides what the locals want – sports thrills and great entertainment.
There may be no dark clouds hovering over Dallas for many years to come.
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