March 3, 2002
The American Airlines Center was completed in 2001, at a cost of $350 million dollars.
The 840,000 square foot arena sits on 72 acres, and seats about 20,000 people. The American Airlines Center combines beautiful architecture with technology to create a very impressive sports venue and entertainment complex.
Technology is used throughout the facility, from hundreds of TVs, flat screen monitors, and high-speed internet access, to the Times Square-like scoreboard inside the arena and all the audio-visual effects.
There is a huge panoramic scoreboard and sound system hanging high in the center of the
facility. It has 8 huge screens and numerous smaller ones, and is said to weigh 80,000 pounds. Hanging above it is an awesome panoramic sound system. Additionally, there is a video display that runs around the entire arena.
The outside architecture uses brick, limestone and granite and sweeping arches across the top of the building. American Airlines Center has four main entrances and exits on all sides of the center.
Inside, the levels of seating are directly over each other instead of progressively further from the playing field (or stage), resulting in seats that are closer and have better views.
I was lucky enough to be a guest in one of the many luxury suites. They are very nice it was
a real treat for me. It is better than sitting in your living room watching live sporting events...with food and drink service, seating for 24, and high-speed internet access.
Millions of dollars worth of art from five different artists are generously placed
throughout the inside and outside of the center.
If you are looking for food, drink, and sports team souvenirs, you won't have any problem
finding any of them. There are dozens of concession stands with pizza, cotton candy, hot dogs, nachos, etc, and there are places that specialize in Mexican food, a Pub, Italian food, and Texas Barbeque.
The American Airlines Center has public tours that are probably the best way to see everything the center has to offer. This was not an option on the Saturday of my event.
American Airlines Center is adjacent to Downtown Dallas (to the north) and convenient to all major Dallas highways and thoroughfares for easy access. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has bus and train stops at American Airlines Center, but we had no problem getting there driving.
To get there from north of downtown Dallas, take the Dallas Tollway south until it becomes Harry Hines Boulevard, and turn right on Payne Street.
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