American Airlines Center Details
Located in Dallas, the American Airlines Center is the home for professional basketball and hockey in Dallas. In Victory Park, the venue opened in 2001, and has seen both of its main tenants, the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks, have high levels of success while playing there. The American Airlines Center has also been the host of other high-profile events in the worlds of sports, entertainment, and music since opening to the public.
The American Airlines Center has been the home to two different NBA Finals since opening, with the Mavericks qualifying for the championship series in 2006 as well as 2011. The AAC saw Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat come back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Mavericks in 2006, while Dallas got their revenge on Miami in the 2011 Finals when they spoiled the first Finals appearance for LeBron James as a member of the Heat. That 2011 Finals saw Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki get his first NBA championship after a long wait.
Hockey fans have seen some great days in the American Airlines Center as well, with the Dallas Stars having plenty of great seasons while playing in the venue. Led by Mike Modano, the Stars spent time as one of the most formidable squads in the National Hockey League, and were consistent threats to win the Stanley Cup. The American Airlines Center has also held the NHL All-Star Game, when it took place in Dallas in 2007.
UFC fans have also seen the AAC hold a place in their hearts, with the arena hosting several big name UFC cards. The venue also was the home for a fight between two men who would end up being remembered as two of the most dominant heavyweights in UFC history, when Allistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum squared off in a Strikeforce bout in 2011.
Where are the best places to sit at American Airlines Center?
Fans at the AAC will get the best view of Mavericks and Stars games from the 100 level seats. These seats are the closest to the playing surfaces and will provide the best view of players from up close. If you are someone who would rather zoom out, so to speak, and watch the game from a little further back to better see all of the intricacies, the 300 level seating may be more what you are looking for, and comes with a lower price tag to boot.
American Airlines Center tips and tricks
Doors to the American Airlines Center open 90 minutes before the start of Mavericks and Stars games, and between an hour and 90 minutes before the start of other events. For fans who like to watch pre-game warmups, or grab a bite to eat before the game so they don't have to get up during the game, this time is a great chance to do those things, and maybe check out the souvenirs if there is some extra time.
American Airlines Center club areas
The US Concrete Foundation Club offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a private club with a buffet, limitless beer and wine, and a wait staff that will wait on you at your seat. This upscale viewing experience can be enjoyed in groups of four tickets, and comes with VIP parking passes in the Lexus Garage as well.
American Airlines Center Neighborhood
The American Airlines Center was built in an area of Dallas known as Little Mexico, where the Mexican-American population of Dallas densely populated the area of the diverse city. It was also featured on an episode of The Simpsons, referred to as Dallas Arena.