American Airlines Arena
Infobox Stadium | stadium_name=AmericanAirlines Arena
location=601 Biscayne Boulevard
opened=December 31, 1999
owner=Miami Sports and Entertainment Authority
operator=Leisure Management International
360 Architecture(formerly Heinlein Schrock Stearns)
Miami Heat(NBA) (2000-present) Miami Sol(WNBA) (2000-2002)
seating_capacity=19,600 (With upper levels)
16,000 (Without upper levels)
* Can be configured five ways
* Minimum 5,000
* Maximum 20,000The AmericanAirlines Arena is an
arenalocated in Downtown Miami, Floridaalong Biscayne Bayand is used for basketballgames and concerts. It was constructed as a replacement for the Miami Arenaand was designed by the architecture firms Arquitectonicaand 360 Architecture.
The AmericanAirlines Arena is home to the
Miami Heatof the NBA.
The WNBA team
Miami Solplayed at the arena from the team's birth in 2000 to the team's folding in 2002.
Approved by voter referendum in 1996,
American Airlinespurchased the naming rights in 1999 for $42 million over 20 years [http://www.mediabuyerplanner.com/topic/financial/] .
In November 1998, construction of the new arena was delayed following a fire in the upper section of the facility. On December 31, 1999, the AmericanAirlines Arena opened. The first event was a
Gloria Estefan concert. Two days later, on January 2, 2000, the Miami Heat played their first game in the new arena.
*AmericanAirlines Arena should not be confused with the
American Airlines Center, which is located in Dallas.
*The AmericanAirlines Arena as well as the American Airlines Center, hosted the
2006 NBA Finals, in which the Miami Heatplayed the Dallas Mavericks. Because of this, the series was nicknamed by some as the American Airlines series.
*As part of its sponsorship arrangement,
American Airlineshad a giant aircraft painted on top of the arena's roof, with an American Airlines logo in the center. The design is visible from airplanes taking off and landing at Miami International Airport, where American has a hub. The arena also has luxury skyboxes called "Flagship Lounges," a trademark originally used for American's premium-class lounges at certain airports.
*The arena was the setting for the highly publicized
MTV Video Music Awards, both in 2004 and 2005. Both events brought millions of dollars into the Miami-Dade Countyeconomy.
*The arena hosted WCW "
Uncensored" 2000, World Wrestling Entertainment's "Royal Rumble " event on January 29, 2006, and Survivor Series on November 18, 2007. It's also hosted WWE Raw on January 1, 2007, and WWE SmackDown/ECW on April 1, 2008.
*Local sportscasters often refer to the arena as the "triple-A". Some sports reporters on the local news stations such as
WSVNhave referred to the arena as "A3" (A cubed).
*The AAA is scheduled to play host to 1st and 2nd round games in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
*The arena is known for its unusual
scoreboard, which changes colors depending on the atmosphere.
Waterfront Theateris a theater within the arena that can seat between 3,000 and 5,800. It is Florida's largest theater and can be used for not only concertsbut also family, Broadway and other stage shows.
*For concerts in an arena configuration, end stage capacity is 12,202 for 180-degree shows, 15,402 for 270-degree shows, 18,309 for 360-degree shows. For center stage concerts the arena can seat 19,146.
*The AmericanAirlines Arena also hosted the first
UFCevent in the state of Florida, UFC 42: Sudden Impact, on April 25, 2003.
*In December of 2003,
Vermont-based jamband Phishplayed 4 consecutive nights at the American Airlines Arena, the last of which being a 3 set New Years Eve show. Notably, this was Phish's last NYE performance.
*In November 2002, Cher's performed at AAA for an
NBCspecial which aired in April of 2003, winning an Emmy.
*Two shows of the US leg of Madonna's "
Confessions Tour" recently took place at the arena, in late July.
Shakiraheld 5 shows for her North American leg of the Oral Fixation Tourin the arena; 2 in September and 3 in December.
*The arena was featured in the 2004
*On March 28, 2004,
Britney Spearsperformed to a sold out show as part of The Onyx Hotel Tour. The show was broadcasted live over the world.
*On March 3, 2006,
Queen + Paul Rodgersperformed their Queen + Paul Rodgers Tourat the arena.
*Architectural design team members included:
George Heinlein, Reinaldo Borges, and Lance Simon.
* The arena was host to the
American Idol2008 auditions on August 20th-22nd, 2007.
* The Arena was host of two concerts of the Argentinian rock band
Soda Stereoon December 4, December 5, 2007.
Kanye Westperformed his Glow In The Dark Tourfeaturing N*E*R*D, Lupe Fiasco, and Rihannaon May 6, 2008.
Tina Turnerwill perform her at the arena on October 30, 2008.
Celine Dionwill perform her Taking Chances Tourat the arena on January 23, 2009.
Past/Up coming Concerts Events
Cher- - November 7 and November 8, 2002
Latin Grammy Awards of 2003- Latin Grammy Awards- September 3, 2003
Maná- Revolución de Amor Tour- October 16, 2003
Phish- New Year's Everun - December 28 - December 31, 2003
2004 MTV Video Music Awards- MTV Video Music Awards- August 29, 2004
2005 MTV Video Music Awards- MTV Video Music Awards- August 28, 2005
Maná- Amar es Combatir Tour- March 8, March 10, and October 12, 2007
Soda Stereo- "Me Verás Volver Tour" - December 4, December 5, 2007
Premios Lo Nuestro 2008- Lo Nuestro- February 21, 2008
RBD- Empezar desde Cero Tour 2008- March 9, 2008
Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Rihannaand N.E.R.D.- Glow in the Dark Tour- May 6, 2008
Tina Turner- - October 30, 2008
Luis Miguel- Complices Tour- November 7 and November 8, 2008
Céline Dion- Taking Chances Tour- January 23, 2009
* [http://www.aaarena.com AmericanAirlines Arena's official page]
* [http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=25.781433,-80.1879&spn=0.001106,0.001955&t=k Satellite view from Google Maps]
title = Home of the
years = 1999 – present
after = currentsuccession box
title = Home of the
years = 2000 – 2002
before = first arena
after = last arena
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