Nicknamed the AAC, American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks is one of the best arenas in the NBA. The Dallas Mavericks were founded in 1980 and began playing during the 1980-81 season. For over 20 seasons the Mavericks played at Reunion Arena, a 17,000 seat facility that was also the home of the Dallas Stars (NHL). Towards the end of the 1990s both the Mavericks and Stars wanted a new arena because Reunion Arena had become outdated. The city and both teams worked together as a new hotel and car rental tax was passed, along with the teams paying their share, helping pay for the $420 million arena. American Airlines bought the naming rights in 1999 for $195 million.
FACTS & FIGURES
-Tenants: Dallas Mavericks (NBA), Dallas Stars (NHL)
-Cost: $420 million
-Architect: David M. Schwarz, HKS, Inc.
-Address: 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, TX 52102
-Former Name(s): None
American Airlines Center was constructed in Victory Park in order to help revitalize and redevelop the area into mix use development that includes the arena, housing and commercial spaces. From the exterior, the arena is a massive structure that has a façade of brick and glass arches. Because of the design, American Airlines Center has won numerous architectural awards. The Mavericks played their first game at the arena on October 30, 2001 against the Detroit Pistons. American Airlines Center has a seating capacity of 19,200 with 142 luxury suites and 1,600 club seats. Fans attending Mavericks games can check out the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club, the Miller Lite SkyBar and Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant for food and beverages. With an owner that gets very involved into games like Mark Cuban and a team that has had a winning record since moving into the American Airlines Center, Mavericks games are some of the best to attend in the NBA.
About the Dallas Mavericks
Name Origin: The Dallas Mavericks got their name from a combination of words related to the Wild West, including “maverick” (an independent individual who doesn’t follow the herd) and “pony express” (a mail service that used horses to deliver mail across the western frontier).
Championships: The Mavericks won their first and only NBA championship in 2011, led by Finals MVP Dirk Nowitzki and Finals hero Jason Terry.
Hall of Fame Players: The Mavericks have had several Hall of Fame players on their roster, including Rolando Blackman, Derek Harper, and Mark Aguirre.
Owner Mark Cuban: The Mavericks are owned by billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban, who is known for his high-profile personality and vocal approach to team ownership. He purchased the Mavericks in 2000 and has since transformed the franchise into a consistent playoff contender.
Home Court Advantage: The Mavericks play their home games at the American Airlines Center, which is located in the heart of downtown Dallas. The arena is known for its energetic crowds and distinctive Texas-style decor.
Rivalry with the San Antonio Spurs: The Mavericks have a long-standing rivalry with the San Antonio Spurs, with the two teams facing each other multiple times in the playoffs over the years.
Notable Alumni: In addition to the players mentioned above, the Mavericks have had several talented players on their roster over the years, including Michael Finley, Steve Nash, and Jason Kidd.
Community Involvement: The Mavericks are involved in numerous charitable efforts in the Dallas community, including the Mavs Foundation and the Mavs ManiAACs. The Mavs ManiAACs is a group of Mavericks fans who shave their heads in support of children with cancer.
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