American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas


American Airlines is one of the older airlines in the United States. The company has lent some of its revenue to the building of the American Airlines Center in Dallas Texas. The center was created by David Schwarz and Architectural Services. Both companies combined hi-tech with a beautiful building. There are sweeping arches and retractable seating as part of the arena. American Airlines Center is considered to be one of the premier sports and entertainment places in the United States. The exterior of the building is brick, limestone, and granite. There are four entrances into the building, and an outdoor balcony on both the north and south ends. The platinum level is able to look at downtown Dallas.

The arena lends support to Victory Park. The park is 72 acres. The building and the park were once part of a city dump, a meat packing plant, and power plant. The park has now become part of the Environmental Protection Agency. The inside of the arena is just as spectacular as the outer building. The center is set up with a seating bowl. There are several levels and retractable seating. The retractable seating helps convert the arena between hockey and the basketball floor. The roof structure is supported on four corners, but it spans 150,000 square feet. The columns of the roof are tied together with steel rods to resist the force generated by the weight of the roof. The concourses are lined with terrazzo floor, windows, and crown molding. The walls are all painted. It is a typical race track design. Over the years the center has earned numerous awards for their events.

Events hosted at the arena include Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey, the visa Championships, Marco Antonio Solis and Pepe Anguilar. Other shows that are going to be coming in 2009 include Metallica, Pink, Stars vs. Panthers, Taylor Swift, and the UFC. The Texas Tough Grand Prix is also hosted at the Dallas arena. Tickets are available at the box office or through ticketmaster. The arena offers platinum season tickets and luxury suite rental. Doors open one and a half hours before the event begins. Will call is available for individuals who want to pick up their tickets rather than have them mailed.

There are a number of places to park at the American Airlines Center. Center Parking is to the North of the Box Office for one of those locations. The parking is open two hours before the event begins. Pre-paid passes can be obtained or attendees can pay once they arrive at the arena.

Close to the stadium are plenty of places to eat. Chili's, Platinum Club, Concessions, Old Number 7, the Dump Lounge, and several speciality restaurants are located at or near the facility. There is something for everyone in the restaurant and concessions department, whether it is American food or international cuisine one is looking for.

Private events can be held at the arena, for example conferences, conventions, and much more is welcome.

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