American Airlines Center was designed by David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services, Inc. and HKS, Inc. The team combined architecture and technology to give Dallas a beautiful, fan friendly venue with lots of hi-tech touches. From its sweeping signature arches to the retractable seating, American Airlines Center's unique features single it out as the premier sports and entertainment venue in the country.

The exterior of American Airlines Center is made of brick, limestone and granite and the signature arches provide an open arm welcome to Dallas' citizens. The venue has four entrances, one on each side of the building for easy access. The north and south ends of the building feature dramatic outdoor balconies at the Platinum Level with spectacular views of downtown looking over the public plaza and cityscape.

Victory Park

Anchoring the 72-acre Victory Park development, American Airlines Center serves as the backdrop to Dallas' most vibrant urban gathering space. Built on land that was once home to an old city dump, a meat packing plant and an old power plant, Victory Park is the largest Environmental Protection Agency brownfield project in the United States.
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Inside American Airlines Center

American Airlines Center's seating bowl features a one-of-a-kind retractable seating system. This unique, patented design reduces the conversion time between hockey and basketball floor configurations. The result is great sightlines for basketball and hockey fans on the north and south ends.

Another unique feature of the seating bowl is the roof structure. The 150,000 square foot roof is supported only at its four corners. In order to resist the forces generated by the weight of the roof, columns are tied together at the corners by a series of steel rods embedded in the floor of the upper concourse.

Each of American Airlines Center's concourses are highly finished with terrazzo floors, windows, crown molding and painted walls. Avoiding the typical "racetrack" configuration, the venue has five concourses full of wide, open space. The building's four lobbies are points of references each with its own theme. The American Airlines Lobby looks over the public plaza and has spectacular views of the downtown skyline, the North Lobby looks toward the Design District, the East Lobby looks to the Crescent complex, and the West Lobby view stretches over Stemmons Freeway to the Trinity River.

In 2009, American Airlines Center installed the first and largest 1080 high-definition video replay system in an NBA or NHL venue. The new system included a high-definition center video display/scoreboard, two stadium-sized video displays that dominate the upper end walls and an audio system that has the ability to create custom surround sound effects.

The owners of the project strongly supported the inclusion of Public Art in American Airlines Center. The ownership group matched the City of Dallas' commitment to provide an estimated $3 million for public art. The artwork was integrated as part of the building rather than applying works after the building was completed.

American Airlines Center Awards

  • #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
    Guinness Book of World Records
  • Best New Major Concert Venue for 2001
    Pollstar Magazine
  • Phoenix Award, 2001
    United States EPA
  • 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