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American Airlines Arena

American Airlines Arena
AAA

The Triple A

A3
American Airlines Arena logo
American Airlines Arena
Looking east to the main facade of American Airlines Arena
American Airlines Arena is located in Miami
American Airlines Arena
American Airlines Arena
Location in Miami
American Airlines Arena is located in Florida
American Airlines Arena
American Airlines Arena
Location in Florida
American Airlines Arena is located in the United States
American Airlines Arena
American Airlines Arena
Location in the United States
Address 601 Biscayne Boulevard
Location Miami, Florida
Coordinates 25°46′53″N 80°11′17″W  /  25.78139°N 80.18806°W  / 25.78139; -80.18806 Coordinates: 25°46′53″N80°11′17″W / 25.78139°N 80.18806°W / 25.78139; -80.18806
Public transit Metrorail (Miami-Dade County) Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre

Virgin Trains USA Virgin MiamiCentral

Metromover Freedom Tower

Metromover Park West
Parking 939 parking spaces
Owner Miami-Dade County
Operator Basketball Properties Ltd.
Capacity Basketball: 19,600;

16,500 (Without upper levels)

Concerts: 5,000-20,021
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground February 6, 1998
Opened December 31, 1999
Construction cost $213 million

($320 million in 2018 dollars[1])
Architect Arquitectonica

360 Architecture (formerly Heinlein Schrock Stearns)
Project manager Parsons Brinckerhoff
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Services engineer Flack+Kurtz [2]
General contractor Morse-Diesel/Odebrecht/Facchina[3]
Main contractors John J. Kirlin, LLC[4]

Simpson Constructors[5]

Crown Corr Inc.[6]
Tenants
Miami Heat (NBA) (2000–present)

Miami Sol (WNBA) (2000–2002)

The American Airlines Arena (AAA) is a sports and entertainment arena located in Downtown Miami, Florida, along Biscayne Bay. It was constructed beginning in 1998 as a replacement for the Miami Arena and designed by the architecture firms Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture. The Arena is home to the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association.

The American Airlines Arena is directly served by the Miami Metrorail at Government Center station via free transfers to Metromover Omni Loop, providing direct service to Freedom Tower and Park West stations. The Arena is also within walking distance from the Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre Metrorail station.

The American Airlines Arena has 2,105 club seats, 80 luxury suites, and 76 private boxes. The Waterfront Theater is Florida's largest theater which is housed within the arena, that can seat between 3,000 and 5,800. The theater can be configured for concerts, family events, musical theatre and other stage shows. American Airlines which has a hub at Miami International Airport maintains the American Airlines Arena Travel Center at the venue.[7]

The airline also holds the naming rights for another NBA venue, the American Airlines Center for the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars,[8] which opened in 2001.

History [ edit ]

The American Airlines Arena opened on December 31, 1999, and its construction cost was $213 million. Architectural design team members included George Heinlein, Cristian Petschen, Reinaldo Borges, and Lance Simon. The American Airlines Arena was inaugurated with a concert by Gloria Estefan. Two days later, on January 2, 2000, the Miami Heat played its first game in the new arena by defeating the Orlando Magic 111–103.

The main façade of the arena at night

As part of its sponsorship arrangement, American Airlines had a giant aircraft painted atop 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.

Local sportscasters often refer to the arena as the "triple-A". Some sports reporters on the local news stations such as WSVN have referred to the arena as "A3" (A cubed). The arena is known for its unusual scoreboard, designed by Artist Christopher Janney. Drawing on the underwater anemone forms, the scoreboard also changes colors depending on the atmosphere. For concerts in an arena configuration, end stage capacity is 12,202 for 180° shows, 15,402 for 270° shows, 18,309 for 360° shows. For center stage concerts the arena can seat 19,146.

The Miami Heat has not had to pay to use the $357-million venue, which sits on $38 million of county land; the county has paid $64 million in operating subsidies. "It was never a good deal," says former Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson, who opposed the new arena in 1996. "There are certain politicians who just get stars in their eyes and don't really think about what the real cost is going to be."

WTVJ, the city's NBC owned-and-operated station in Miami, had their Downtown Miami Studios in the back of the arena from 2001 till 2011.

Although American Airlines underwent a significant rebrand in early 2013, the arena still uses the airline's old logo.

On September 10, 2019, it was reported that American Airlines said that it would not renew its naming rights upon expiration at the end of 2019. The new naming rights contract with a sponsor yet to be determined will be a ten-year/six-month deal lasting from January 1, 2020, to June 30, 2030 (to time with the end of the 2029-30 NBA season).[9]

Accessibility [ edit ]

Transportation [ edit ]

The arena as seen from Freedom Tower station.

Traffic congestion after events can cause delays for those who choose to drive to the arena. Visitors to the American Airlines Arena are encouraged to take Metrorail, Metromover, or Metrobus, as parking can be scarce and expensive. Metromover's Freedom Tower station is located two blocks west of the arena. The nearest Metrorail stations are Government Center and Historic Overtown. The Metromover is free to ride and connects to Metrorail at Government Center station.

Parking on-site [ edit ]

American Airlines Arena features 939 parking spaces during HEAT Games. On-site parking is reserved for Premium seat and Dewar's 12 Clubhouse ticket holders. On-site parking spaces must be pre-purchased through the Arena's Official Parking Provider, ParkJockey.[10][11]

Notable events [ edit ]

Basketball [ edit ]

The arena during game 3 of the 2006 NBA Finals

Professional wrestling [ edit ]

The arena hosted World Championship Wrestling's Uncensored pay-per-view in 2000. Three major WWE pay-per-view events have been held at the arena: the Royal Rumble in 2006, and Survivor Series in 2007 and 2010.

Other sports [ edit ]

Music [ edit ]

Shakira has performed 9 sold-out shows in American Airlines Arena, the most number of appearances at the venue among all the artists. She also holds the record of having most shows in the venue within one single tour, Oral Fixation Tour in 2006, with 5 sold-out shows.

Gallery [ edit ]

References [ edit ]

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  2. ^ "Westchester Reform Temple, Rogers Marvel Architects". www.architecturalrecord.com.
  3. ^ "Facchina Group of Companies, LLC — Facchina Construction Company". Archived from the original on 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  4. ^ American Airlines ArenaArchived 2011-09-14 at the Wayback Machine Kirlin
  5. ^ Past ProjectsArchived 2012-04-02 at the Wayback Machine Simpson Constructors
  6. ^ American Airlines Arena Crown Corr
  7. ^ "Miami And Coral Gables, FL Travel Center Archived 2009-04-06 at the Wayback Machine." American Airlines. Retrieved on April 9, 2009.
  8. ^ "Stadium naming rights". ESPN. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  9. ^ Scheckner, Jesse (September 10, 2019). "it won't be called American Airlines Arena next year". Miami today. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  10. ^ "The HEAT Group Teams Up With New Parking App, ParkJockey". Miami Heat.
  11. ^ Sentenac, Hannah (2014-10-30). "Avoid Parking Hell at Miami Heat Games With ParkJockey App". Retrieved 2016-07-25.
  12. ^ "Arena description page on Thornton Tomasetti website". Thornton Tomasetti. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  13. ^ Lindner, Emily (March 28, 2015). "Justin Bieber Joined Ariana Grande Onstage And She Rapped Big Sean's Part On 'As Long As You Love Me'". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved March 29, 2015.
  14. ^ Sonawane, Vishakha (March 16, 2016). "Rihanna Performs Raunchy Moves With Drake At 'Anti' Tour Amid Dating Rumors". International Business Times. Retrieved March 16, 2016.
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Events and tenants
Preceded by

Miami Arena
Home of the Miami Heat

1999–present
Succeeded by

current
Preceded by

none
Home of the Miami Sol

2000–2002
Succeeded by

none
Preceded by

Save Mart Center
Home of the Royal Rumble

2006
Succeeded by

AT&T Center
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