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American Airlines Center

Dallas, TX

Home of the Dallas Mavericks

4.6

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American Airlines Center (map it)
2500 Victory Ave
Dallas, TX 75219


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Year Opened: 2001

Capacity: 19,200

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Mavs Mania!

The American Airlines Center is the primary venue in the Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) area hosting year around sporting and live entertainment. The venue is home to the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA and the Dallas Stars of the NHL. The AAC, as it is commonly referred to by local sports fans, opened in 2001, replacing the outdated Reunion Arena.

The American Airlines Center is made of brick, limestone, and granite with signature arches, and is located just north of the historic West End in downtown Dallas. The venue has hosted both of the Dallas Mavericks NBA Finals appearances (in 2006 and 2011).

4.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

There is no shortage of food or beverages when attending an event at the American Airlines Center. It doesn't matter if your tickets are on the lower, platinum, or upper level; you'll find something to satisfy your appetite. However, the prices are the typically inflated stadium/arena prices. Nevertheless, there are a few game day specials that could save you a couple of dollars if you have to use the concessions here; the best choice is the small soda for $3, or the $6 bottomless popcorn if you just want a snack (a regular popcorn costs almost as much, and doesn't come with refills).

There is an abundance of concessions stands throughout the arena, including Big Dawgs, Pizza Patron, Fast Break, Taco Bueno, Grilled Zone, High Steaks, Hot Popped and Twisted, Bubba Burger, BBQ Stampede, and Motley's Pub. In addition, if none of the above satisfies your appetite there is also Market to Go, which offers fresh deli sandwiches, vegetarian options, tossed salads, and bottled beer. To see the incredible variety that the American Airlines Center offers when it comes to food service, you can visit their concessions website.

There are numerous alcohol selections inside the American Airlines Center, and not just at the concessions stands, but also at specialty beer bars such as the Texas Beer Bar, which serves Ziegenbock, St Arnold's, Fireman's 4, and Franconia. In addition there is the Blue Moon Bar, which offers all of the Blue Moon products, as well as Import and Craft bars with beers from around the world, such as Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale (OR), Goose Island (Chicago), Brooklyn Lager (NY), Alaskan Amber (AK), Kirin Iciban (Japan), and Stone Arrogant Bastard (CA). The prices all range from $7 to $14 dollars depending on size. Woodbridge wine is also sold for $8.75 a glass.

Besides alcohol, Coca-Cola and Dr Pepper products are also offered, with prices of $4.50 for the regular size and $8.50 for the bottomless souvenir cup.

In addition to the concessions stands and specialty bars, the American Airlines Center also features several full service restaurants. Pira Latin Fire is located on the southwest corner of the arena, and stays open until 2 am on event days, but can only be accessed by patrons with an event ticket. This Latin-themed eatery/ultra-lounge provides a wide variety of beer, wine, and spirits, and is supplemented by outdoor seating, a DJ booth, state of the art lighting, and TV screens to keep a festive atmosphere well after the event is over.

Another full service restaurant inside the arena is The Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club, which is located on the southeast corner and also has outdoor seating; however, you'll need an event ticket to enter this restaurant. The Jack Daniels Club is a sports bar with food such as brisket, wings, nachos, and other sports bar favorites, but there is a separate area inside the Old No. 7 Club on the lower level that provides a more global dining experience.

In addition to the above, if you want an interesting place on the upper level of the arena away from the alcohol, check out the Dr Pepper Fan Zone, which provides food such as brisket, chicken, and the Dr Pepper float. Platinum level seating here provides an all you can eat food buffet for $36. While this price is a definitely on the high end, the food is top quality and tastes much better than the food at the concessions stands.

Despite all the great options at the American Airlines Center, just like any arena the best option is to eat before or after the event, as there are plenty of great restaurant options in Dallas.

Atmosphere    4

The atmosphere begins before the American Airlines Center doors even open, on the south side of the arena in AT&T Plaza @ Victory Park. On the plaza there are games, music, and just a festive atmosphere overall. There is even a chance to win tickets to the game for the person that shows the best Mavs spirit, along with introducing them on the video board during the game.

On the court just before the game begins, flag bearers run onto the floor spelling "Mavs," and are accompanied by the Mavs Dancers. In addition, the Mavs drumline, Mavs Man, and the Mavs Maniacs, along with mascot Champ, keep fans entertained during stoppages in play. The staff also provides different types of halftime entertainment throughout the season.

The Mavs pro shop is called "The Hangar," and inside you can find Mavs gear. The overall atmosphere at the American Airlines Center is one of the best in the NBA.

Neighborhood    4

The American Airlines Center is located on the northwest edge of downtown Dallas, just a short walk from the historic West End section. The West End section consists of restaurants such as Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse, Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse, Gator's, TGI Friday's, Spaghetti Warehouse, Hard Rock Café, Dick's Last Resort, and House of Blues, as well as key tourist attractions such as the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Sixth Floor Museum, and the Holocaust Museum.

Victory Park outside the south entrance of the arena consists of The Victory Tavern, Shooters, Kenichi, Pira Latin Fire, and Cook Hall (located inside the W Dallas Victory); these are good options if you want to stay close to the arena. The Dallas / Fort Worth area provides one of the largest urban centers in the United States; within a short drive there are plenty of amazing restaurants and attractions to explore while visiting the Metroplex.

Dallas has numerous lodging options around the American Airlines Center, including the Holiday Inn Dallas Market Center, W Dallas Victory, and the Hilton Anatole.

Fans    5

The Dallas Mavericks are continually in the top ten of the NBA when it comes to attendance. Fans are engaged, energetic, and at times can make the American Airlines Center one of the loudest arenas in the NBA. Having an owner such as Mark Cuban, who started his journey as a fan and sits on the sidelines cheering on the Mavs and often arguing over a bad referee call, really keeps the fans engaged. Fans show up in their Mavs gear every game, and can often be found in more festive attire during holiday games. They are such a solid and proud fan base that the title of MFFL - Mavs Fan for Life - is not just a saying, but a reality.

Access    5

The American Airlines Center is located near the West End district of downtown Dallas, The arena is one of the better downtown venues when it comes to parking, with about 5,000 parking spaces available for guests. However, the traffic getting to the arena can be tough on weeknights, and the idea of free parking has gone out of style over the past few years.

The parking lots open two hours before the game starts, and stay open for about two hours afterward. Cash parking is available in the parking garage across the street (the Silver Garage), or in various color-coded parking lots within a few blocks of the American Airlines Center; parking costs range from $15 to $40. There is also parking south of the arena throughout the popular West End area, where you can enjoy a pregame meal before a short walk to the arena. The best advice is to plan ahead and arrive early so you have plenty of time to park; a great way to plan or purchase pre-paid parking is by visiting the parking section of the Mavs website.

The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Trinity Rail Express (TRE) both provide regular service to Victory Station, which is located on the west side of the American Airlines Center. These two transportation services can get you to the arena from anywhere in the Dallas area, including DFW airport and Fort Worth. In addition to their regular schedule, the TRE runs a special event train that leaves Victory Station 20 minutes after the game, so you won't have to miss the ending to catch the train. Or if you prefer Uber, the pick-up and drop-off area is located on the southwest side of the arena, off of Valor Place near lot A.

The venue doors open 1 ˝ hours before tip-off. Once you arrive at the American Airlines Center, there are four main entrances which provide quick entry into the building. The south side entrance is accessible from Victory Plaza, which is where pre-event activities are provided before games. The west side entrance caters to public transportation, including Uber, taxis, and drop-offs. The north and east side entrances are primarily used by patrons from the parking garage, or those who need the box office; the American Airlines Center box office is located on the northeast corner of the arena.

The concourse inside the arena is well marked and spacious, and you'll easily notice elevators providing access to the Platinum Club, suites, and upper level seating. The stairs inside the American Airlines Center are in the corners of the building, and provide access between the levels, as do the elevators.

Return on Investment    4

When it comes to ticket pricing, a lot depends on your willingness to pay for a certain area of seating to watch the game. Tickets can be found for as low as $7 in the upper level thanks to dynamic pricing; Mavericks tickets average around $50 per ticket, which is under the NBA average. Just like other NBA teams, the supply and demand for tickets depends on the matchup, visiting players at that particular game, and the home team's standing at that point in the season.

Currently the Mavs are in a rebuilding stage, with Dirk Nowitzki's Hall of Fame career coming to an end, so the Mavs are not as competitive in the ticket market compared to previous years. Because of this, you should be able to find lower ticket prices than the box office offers if you seek them out. Having low cost tickets in the first place easily gives the American Airlines Center an above average return on investment, but it could be even better if you plan ahead and do your homework on tickets.

Extras    5

The American Airlines Center continues to improve in all aspects of providing top level service and entertainment to the fans. On game day the venue has a wide variety of talent for their in-game entertainment, such as the Dallas Mavericks Dancers, Mavs Man, the Mavs drumline, and the Mavs Maniacs (an all-male hip-hop dance troupe).

In addition, the Mavs organization keeps the fans a priority by doing such things as honoring support from their season ticket holders. A banner listing the names of all the season tickets holders hangs from the rafters, and the staff also has an HD video in the concourse with the names of season tickets holders of more than five years; this is a great way to acknowledge the fans.

Final Thoughts

The American Airlines Center is one of the best venues pro sports has to offer. The arena is in one of the best cities to live in and visit in the country; these two factors make attending a Mavericks game a great NBA experience, and one that can rarely be found in the NBA, let alone in any other sport.

And I don\'t think that many people would say the Ballpark is their favorite stadium. Most people re

And I don't think that many people would say the Ballpark is their favorite stadium. Most people realize that the AAC is a pretty awesome place, and would rank it above the Ballpark. Hell, if I want that 'old-timey' feeling I'd rather go to the Cotton Bowl than the Ballpark.

by CO_Frontier | Sep 24, 2010 07:53 AM

I find it incredibly funny that you would give the neighborhood a 2/5 score. Have you never been to

I find it incredibly funny that you would give the neighborhood a 2/5 score. Have you never been to Uptown? At least the person who reviewed the AAC for the Stars was wise enough to give it a 4/5.

by CO_Frontier | Sep 24, 2010 07:55 AM

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American Airlines Center: Home to Perpetual Mavs Mania

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

The American Airlines Center (home to the Dallas Mavericks and Stars) is something of a hidden gem for North Texas sports.

Ask any sports fan in the area about their favorite venue and they'll fondly refer to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, an old-timey, traditional stadium that has been home to the Rangers since 1993.

You may have also heard about the spaceship-like structure that sits right next to the Ballpark that houses the Cowboys. That stadium isn't too shabby, either.

However, frequently lost in that mix is the American Airlines Center, completed in 2001.

The Mavericks have won at least 50 games and qualified for the playoffs in each of their nine seasons playing at the AAC, and their fans have turned it into one of the NBA's premier home-court advantages.

Hanging out in the Hangar

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

Located on the northwestern edge of downtown Dallas in Victory Park, the American Airlines Center (AAC) is home to the Dallas Mavericks as well as the Stars of the NHL, not to mention dozens of concerts and shows every year. The stadium opened in 2001 and it still appears to be brand new, making it one of the better venues to catch some NBA action.

From the outside, the stadium is quite beautiful, resembling an old train station rather than an entertainment venue. The exterior of American Airlines Center is composed of brick, limestone and granite and the signature arches give it the unique look. As you drive north on I-35E, the AAC majestically appears on your right. It could be an old airport perhaps, and with the naming rights purchased by American, the locals often refer to it as "The Hangar" because of its unique design. Interestingly, the arena lies below certain flight paths leaving DFW airport and on a clear day, you can see the American Airlines logo on the roof as you pass overhead.

Simply the AAC

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

The American Airlines Center is the prime venue in the Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) area hosting year around sporting and live entertainment. The venue is home to the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA and the Dallas Stars of the NHL. The AAC, as commonly referred to by the local sports fans, opened in 2001 replacing the outdated Reunion Arena. The building is made of brick, limestone, and granite with signature arches located just north of the historic West End in downtown Dallas.

The American Airlines Center has hosted both of the Dallas Mavericks NBA Finals appearances in 2006 and 2011.

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Victory Tavern  (map it!)

2501 North Houston Street

Dallas, TX 75219

(214) 432-1900

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Shooters  (map it!)

3030 Olive St #105

Dallas, TX 75219

(972) 354-1155

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Kenichi  (map it!)

2400 Victory Park Ln

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(214) 217-2401

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Local Entertainment

Perot Museum of Nature and Science   (map it!)

2201 N Field St

Dallas, TX 75201

(214) 428-5555

http://www.perotmuseum.org/

Sixth Floor Museum  (map it!)

411 Elm St

Dallas, TX 75202

(214) 747-6660

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Dallas Holocaust Museum  (map it!)

211 N Record St #100

Dallas, TX 75202

(214) 741-7500

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Lodging

Holiday Inn Dallas Market Center   (map it!)

4500 Harry Hines Blvd

Dallas, TX 75219

(214) 219-3333

https://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/dallas/dalhh/hoteldetail

W Dallas Victory  (map it!)

2440 Victory Park Ln

Dallas, TX 75219

(214) 397-4100

http://www.wdallasvictory.com/

Hilton Anatole  (map it!)

2201 North Stemmons Frwy

Dallas, TX 75207

(214) 748-1200

http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-anatole-DFWANHH/index.html

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