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American Airlines Center
|American Airlines Center|
|Location||2500 Victory Avenue|
Dallas, Texas 75201
|Broke Ground||September 1999|
|Opened||July 17, 2001|
|Owner||The City of Dallas|
|Construction Cost||$420 million USD|
|Architects||David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services, Inc.|
Johnson/McKibben Architects, Inc.
The American Airlines Center is home to the following sports teams:
By 1998, the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars were indicating their desire for a new facility to replace the quickly-aging 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 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 35 on the site of an old power plant.
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. The first sporting event took place on August 19 with the Dallas Sidekicks of the Continental Indoor Soccer League.
The American Airlines Center is meant to be the heart of a new urban, commercial area designed to reinvigorate the city of Dallas called "Victory". The facility itself features a conservative, traditional design with sweeping brick façades and smooth arches, and has been graced with a number of awards. The interior includes retractable seating, public art and a state-of-the art technological arena.
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