Built For the Teams
The NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and the NHL’s Dallas Stars were searching the market for a new place to call home in 1989. They felt the Reunion Arena, finished nine years earlier, was becoming too dated. The city, in support of their teams, approved new taxes on hotels and rental cars to subsidize the new center and the teams themselves picked up the remaining cost. Two years before its opening, American Airlines, headquartered in nearby Forth Worth and based in the Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport, bought the naming rights for the center for 195 million dollars. It opened in July of 2001 with the longest and largest ribbon cutting according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Stay at any of the hotels near the American Airlines Center in Dallas, and you can find out firsthand what a record-breaking, southern style event center offers to its patrons.
And As Big As Texas Itself
Just because the center was built at the request of the local teams doesn’t mean it has ever remained empty while they aren’t playing there. In fact, that record-breaking opening was just the first of a long list of notable events that have, and will, occur there. The center opened with the Eagles, has hosted other big names like Cher, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Rihanna. It even was the site of the infamous Dixie Chick concert where lead singer Nataline Maines received threats for her commentary on then President George W. Bush. It has been listed as one of the top ten venues in the United States and the top 20 in the world five times between 2009 and 2011. From concerts to NBA playoffs to UFC championships, it is the site of almost anything you could want to see in Dallas. How could you not book a room or suite in one of the hotels near the American Airlines Center in Dallas?