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American Airlines Center

Dallas, TX

Home of the Dallas Stars

4.3

3.9

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


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Year Opened: 2001

Capacity: 18,532

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Stars are Big and Bright in Dallas

The American Airlines Center is the prime venue in the Dallas / Fort Worth (DFW) area hosting year round sporting events and live entertainment. The venue is home to the Dallas Stars of the NHL and the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. The AAC, as commonly referred to by the local sports fans, opened in 2001 replacing the outdated Reunion Arena.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 Dallas Stars franchise originally started in Minnesota as the North Stars. They relocated to Dallas for the 1993-94 seasons and five years later won their only Stanley Cup Championship in 1999 and followed that up with a Stanley Cup loss in 2000.

The American Airlines Center has hosted both of the Dallas Mavericks NBA Finals appearances in 2006 and 2011. In 2017, the American Airlines Center will host the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four.

4.3

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 beverage 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 that is satisfying to your appetite. The prices are typically inflated for an NHL arena, but there are a few game day special combos that could save you a couple of dollars.

There is an abundance of concession 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. To see the incredible variety that the AAC offers when it comes to food service, view their concessions website.

If none of the 10 concession stands mentioned above satisfy your appetite, there is a Market to Go which offers fresh deli sandwiches, vegetarian options, tossed salads, and bottled beer.

There are numerous alcohol selections inside the AAC with specialty beer bars such as the Texas beer bar serving Ziegenbock, St Arnold's, Fireman's 4 and Franconia. The Blue Moon Bar has all the Blue Moon products, and Import and Craft bars with beers around the world such as Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale from Oregon, Goose Island (Chicago), Brooklyn Lager (NY), Alaskan Amber (AK), Kirin Iciban (Japan), and Stone Arrogant Bastard (CA). The prices are typical within the NHL ranging from $7-$12. Woodbridge wine is sold for $8 a glass.

Coca-Cola and Dr. Pepper products are served with the prices between $4.25 for a regular size and $8 for a bottomless souvenir cup.

The AAC also features full service restaurants. The Pira is located on the southwest corner of the arena and can be accessed by patrons with or without event tickets and stays open until 2:00 am on event days. The Pira is a Latin-themed eatery/ultra-lounge that provides a wide variety of beer, wine, and spirits and is complemented with outdoor seating, a DJ booth, state of the art lighting, and TV screens to keep a festive atmosphere well after the event is over.

The Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club is another full service restaurant with outdoor seating located on the southeast corner. However, you'll need an event ticket to enter this area. The Jack Daniels's Old No. 7 Club is a sports bar with food such as brisket, wings, nachos, and other sports bar favorites. There is a separate area in the Old No. 7 Club on the lower level that provides a more global dining experience.

If you want an interesting place on the upper level of the arena away from alcohol, check out the Dr. Pepper Fan Zone which provides food such as brisket, chicken, and the Dr. Pepper float.

Platinum level seating provides the rest of the unique bars and restaurants that the AAC offers to its patrons, including the Remy Martin V Bar, Red Bull Lounge, and El Jimador Tequila Bar.

Atmosphere    4

The atmosphere begins before the American Airlines Center doors open on the south side of the arena in AT&T Plaza at Victory Park. On the plaza there are games, music, and just an overall festive atmosphere. Programs and other freebies are passed out once you pass through the metal detectors.

The introduction for the Dallas Stars, has a smoking neon green star, where the players enter onto the ice. Once the lights come on, the national anthems are sung by local favorite Celina Rae. Just like Baltimore Orioles fans, the Stars fans emphasize a word in the national anthem relating to their team, so the word 'stars' will be yelled by the fans during the anthem.

The Dallas Stars do promotional events between periods such as the human bowling ball, where a fan is on a sled and gets pushed towards a bunch of pins.

The Stars pro shop is inside the AAC where you can find Stars gear.

When the Stars are in the playoffs and the AAC is packed with Stars fans, the atmosphere can be electrifying especially with the Let's Go Stars chants. Those nights have been few and far between since their 1999 Stanley Cup season. However, the 2016 improvement of the team has the AAC buzzing again during hockey season.

Neighborhood    4

The arena is located on the northwest edge of downtown Dallas, just a short walk away 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-Dallas.

There are also several key tourist attractions nearby 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, The Pira, and Cook Hall (located inside the W Hotel-Residences). These are good options if you want to stay next 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 amazing restaurants and attractions to explore while visiting the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex.

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

Fans    4

The Dallas Cowboys still rule the DFW area when it comes to the sports fan. The Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks fans seem to outnumber the Dallas Stars fans as well. However, the majority of the Dallas Stars fans are knowledgeable, fun, and love their Stars, because true hockey fans seem to have a true loyalty to the sport. Although the Stars have had down years since their last championship in 1999, the fans still show great support at the box office, and a consistent playoff team on the ice will bring the rest of the DFW fans onboard with hockey, and sell out the AAC nightly.

Access    5

The American Airlines Center is one of the better downtown venues when it comes to parking with about 5,000 parking spaces available for guests. The parking lots open two hours prior to the start of the event. Cash parking is available in the parking garage across the street in the Silver Garage or various color-coded parking lots within a few blocks of the AAC ranging from $15-$40. The Lexus garage across from the box office is reserved parking for season ticket holders. There is additional 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 Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), along with the Trinity Rail Express (TRE) provide regular service to Victory Station which is located on the west side of the AAC. These two transportation services can connect you from anywhere in the Dallas area including the DFW airport and downtown Fort Worth. In addition to the regular timetable, the TRE runs a special event train that leaves Victory Station 20 minutes after the end of the event so you won't have to miss the end of the game to catch a train. There is a location for Uber pick up on the west side of the AAC, while taxis can best be found towards the W Hotel at the corner of Olive and N. Houston St.

The venue doors open 90 minutes before tipoff. Once arriving at the AAC, there are four main entrances which provide quick entry into the building. The south side entrance is accessible from Victory Plaza where pre-event activities are provided before events. The west side entrance caters to public transportation including taxis or drop-offs. The north and east side entrances are primarily used by patrons from the parking garage as well as the box office. The AAC box office is located on the northeast corner of the arena.

Concourses are well marked and spacious and you'll easily notice elevators providing access to the Platinum Club, suites, and upper level seating. The AAC stairs are in the corners of the building for walking access between the levels along with elevators.

Return on Investment    3

When it comes to ticket pricing, a lot depends on the customer willingness to pay for a certain area of seating to watch the game. The AAC has wonderful sightlines so anywhere in the arena has a good view of the ice rink.

During the season upper end tickets start at $19 and go as high as $150 for the lower bowl. The Stars use a flex ticket scale, so depending the day of the week or the opponent, ticket prices will vary. As with the rest of the NHL, playoff prices will be higher than the regular season. Depending on your financial situation, the NHL in general has high ticket prices, but the Stars seem to be near the average.

Extras    5

An extra point is warranted by the Dallas Stars Ice Girls

One extra point for the American Airlines Center event operations, game day staff, and the overall maintenance of the venue really help to enhance the overall experience. Even after 16 years the AAC looks brand new.

Another extra point for the visible trophy case in the concourse showing the different trophies awarded by the NHL to Dallas Stars players including a replica of the Lord Stanley Cup.

The pregame honoring of the military is worth an extra point, with a military member being recognized on the ice before the national anthem.

The end zones have scoreboards that show other statistics on a continuous basis such as face off, hits, and giveaway stats which enhance the game atmosphere.

Final Thoughts

The American Airlines Center is a premier venue, in a great city, and a hockey team that is becoming one of the best teams in the NHL. The future of the Stars is becoming big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas, so join the rest of the Stars and get on board for a game at the AAC.

The AAC but The Hangar?

The overall rating for the Stars is on the mark, both the Dallas Stars and Dallas Mavericks have a wonderful arena to call home. I was a Stars season ticket holder for 2 years and I worked for the company that built the arena, and I have been living in the DFW for last 15 years, however, Interestingly I never have heard locals refer to the AAC as "The Hangar" although there is now a gift shop inside the AAC called The Hangar.

by Tejasduck | Feb 05, 2015 03:11 PM

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Crowd Reviews

Starry Night

Total Score: 4.00

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

Completed in 2001, The American Airlines Center is the second home of the Dallas Stars, after Reunion Arena. It is located just north of Dallas' Historic West End District, and is also home to the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA.

Colloquially referred to as the "A-A-C", it was built as a joint effort by the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars, supplemented by the Dallas city tax payers. The design, like so many modern sports facilities, is geared toward the luxury suite and corporate dollars while at the same time offering an excellent viewing experience in the less expensive "300 level".

Although approaching its 10th year, the building remains a premium facility that is cared for meticulously. Recent upgrades to the arena's ribbon display board, end displays, and central scoreboard provide Stars fans with one of the finest game presentations in the league. At the time of their installation, July 2009, the new scoreboards were the world's largest full high definition 1080p video boards in a basketball/hockey stadium.

Top notch facilities and a winning tradition make the American Airlines Center a great place to come see a Stars game.

Starry Night

Total Score: 3.86

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

Located on the edge of downtown Dallas in Victory Park, the American Airlines Center (AAC) is home to the Dallas Stars as well as the defending 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. It opened in 2001 and still looks brand new, making it one of the better venues to watch a top-notch sporting event.

From the outside, the stadium is very impressive. As you drive north on I-35E, the AAC majestically appears on your right. It could be an old train station or airport terminal, and with the naming rights purchased by American, the locals often refer to it as "The Hangar" because of its unique design.

Arena of Stars

Total Score: 4.00

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

American Airlines Center (AAC) opened in 2001 and is home to the Dallas Stars and the Dallas Mavericks. Located on the edge of downtown Dallas, this arena is located in a good location for transportation, nearby restaurants, and other fun activities. The AAC is nicknamed by locals as the hangar due to its unique design inside and out.

The Dallas Stars franchise originally started in Minnesota as the North Stars. They relocated to Dallas for the 1993-94 season. The Stars were in franchise building mode in the mid to late 90’s. The Stars won their first and only Stanley Cup in 1999 and followed that up with a Stanley Cup loss the following year.

Another fun trip to a stars game

Total Score: 3.86

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 2

The Stars are doing better than the last time I was in AAC and it looks like the fan base is responding. The atmosphere is great and the game was exciting.

The arena did a good job of keeping fans into the action. The jumbotron hit another homerun with a justin Bieber joke geared towards opposing fans.


Heading into the playoffs it's going to be an electric place to attend a game

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