- Address: 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas
- Country: United States
- Capacity: 19,000
- Opened: 17 July 2001
- Main use: Basketball, ice hockey
- Tenants: Dallas Mavericks (basketball), Dallas Stars (ice hockey)
Extra stadium info – American Airlines Center
The construction of the venue, which is among the main sports venues in Dallas, started in 1999. Its construction costs were $420 million. The American Airlines Center is known as a venue for several events, like arena football, basketball, bull riding, concerts, gymnastics, ice hockey, mixed martial arts, political events and wrestling. It opened with a concert of the Eagles, a world famous band formed in Los Angeles in 1971. Hotel California of the Eagles became one of the best-selling albums of all time.
The Desperados and the Vigilantes
The Dallas Desperados and the Dallas Vigilantes, two former arena football clubs, played home games at the American Airlines Center. Both clubs were members of the former Arena Football League. The Dallas Desperados arena football club was founded in 2002. The Desperados folded in 2009. The same year, the Dallas Vigilantes arena football club was founded. The club folded in 2011.
The Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars
The arena is used for National Basketball Association matches and also for National Hockey League matches. The Dallas Mavericks of the NBA and the Dallas Stars of the NHL use the American Airlines Center for home games. The Dallas Stars won their first-ever Stanley Cup in 1999 after beating the Buffalo Sabres from New York. They drew an average attendance of 16,000 in 41 home games during that NHL season. In 2011, the Dallas Mavericks were crowned champions of the NBA for the first time in their history after defeating the Miami Heat from Florida. They drew an average attendance of 20,000 in 41 home games during that NBA season. The Dallas Mavericks basketball club is among the first basketball clubs with 1 million followers on its main social media page.