American Airlines Center
American Airlines Center was designed by David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services, Inc. and HKS, Inc. The team combined architecture and technology to give Dallas a beautiful, fan friendly venue with lots of hi-tech touches. From its sweeping signature arches to the retractable seating, American Airlines Center's unique features single it out as the premier sports and entertainment venue in the country.
Anchoring the 72-acre Victory development, American Airlines Center will serve as the backdrop to what will soon become Dallas' most vibrant urban gathering space. As recently as three years ago, the site contained an abandoned rail yard, cooling ponds and an old power plant. But after removing 200,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil, the Environmental Protection Agency recognized the site as a prime example of how to re-use an urban, industrial site and make it viable again.
The exterior of American Airlines Center is made of brick, limestone and granite and the signature arches provide an open arm welcome to Dallas' citizens. The venue has four entrances, one on each side of the building for easy access. The north and south ends of the building feature dramatic outdoor balconies at the Platinum Level with spectacular views of downtown looking over the public plaza and cityscape.
American Airlines Center's seating bowl features a one-of-a-kind retractable seating system. This unique, patented design reduces the conversion time between hockey and basketball floor configurations. The result is great sightlines for basketball and hockey fans on the north and south ends.
Another unique feature of the seating bowl is the roof structure. The 150,000 square foot roof is supported only at its four corners. In order to resist the forces generated by the weight of the roof, columns are tied together at the corners by a series of steel rods embedded in the floor of the upper concourse.
Each of American Airlines Center's concourses are highly finished with terrazzo floors, windows, crown molding and painted walls. Avoiding the typical "racetrack" configuration, the American Airlines Center has five concourses full of wide, open space. The building's four lobbies are points of references each with its own theme. The American Airlines Lobby looks over the public plaza and has spectacular views of the downtown skyline, the North Lobby looks toward the Design District, the East Lobby looks to the Crescent complex, and the West Lobby view stretches over Stemmons Freeway to the Trinity River.
The owners of the project strongly supported the inclusion of Public Art in American Airlines Center. The ownership group matched the City of Dallas' commitment to provide an estimated $3 million for public art. The artwork was integrated as part of the building rather than applying works after the building was completed.
American Airlines Center Dallas Texas is located on 2500 Victory AAmerican Airlines Center, Dallas, TX 75201
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