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DALLAS - American Airlines Center (19,200)

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Built in 2001, home of the NHL's Dallas Stars and NBA's Mavericks, the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. Capacity is 20,000.

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Quite the nice looking arena, and using older-style architecture as well! 8.5/10.
I've liked it from the beginning. And because it's the home of the Mavs i'll give it 8 points :)
Thank You:D:D and I'm a Mavs fan too lol
10/10 showing bias of course lol. But still a great arena just built in 2000. I love everything about it and the plans they have for it in the future surrounding the arena is great.
Probably the nicest home locker room in the world due to Mark Cuban. I don't normally like the fake old style but it looks awesome with the Dallas Skyline and very modern inside 9/10
Love the outside, the inside looks kind of patched together though, so 8/10.
inside is bangin!
Probably my favorite arena in North America or maybe even the world.
"The Hangar" is the standard to which all other arenas should go by. 10/10 -- but Go Suns! :)
The Suns seem to finish strong in the AAC.

A look across the street.

Victory will be kicking serious but this time next year. The video screens along the south plaza will be sick.

Victory Park's $450M Second Phase Rapidly Filling Up
By Connie Gore
Last updated: May 10, 2005 11:30pm

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DALLAS-With the vision for "Victory" on a fast-track to reality, Hillwood yesterday debuted the retail dance card for its $450-million second phase and teased to another round of headline news in 90 days for a $450-million third phase.

Hillwood is holding signed deals or has talks heading into the final round for 154,200 sf of the 175,000 sf of retail space in the under-construction second phase of the 75-acre, mixed-use Victory Park, the genesis for a projected $3-billion-plus build-out. With the $180-million W Dallas Victory Hotel & Residences coming out of the ground, retailers are now knocking on Hillwood's door for a piece of the development action, says Elise R. Mikus, Hillwood's vice president of leasing. "We had to go out to retailers before," she says. "Part of the issue initially was is it going to be real."

Retailers and restaurateurs from around the world as well as local entrepreneurs who've carved a niche in the neighborhood plan joined some of the region's most influential players for a power day that began with mid-morning press conference and ended with a nighttime light-show extravaganza on the streets of Dallas.

While toasting the victory, Ross Perot Jr.'s Hillwood team promised more news in 90 days. "We're overwhelmed with the momentum," Jonas Woods, president of Hillwood Capital, tells The next round, he says, will have more details about the third development wave and announce other second-phase tenants for a May 2006 delivery synchronized with the opening of the 251-room W.

Victory, entitled for 12 million sf, will have one million sf of ground-floor retail besides sundry restaurants and nightclubs that have claimed space on several buildings' upper floors. The retail lineup's been as closely watched as the development itself because Hillwood's been courting names not often found outside New York City, Los Angeles and even London. The new kids on Victory's blocks are Kenichi, a 4,000-sf pan-Asian cuisine with locations in Austin and Aspen; Luna De Noche, a 5,000-sf Tex-Mex grill; and Witchcraft, a 2,200-sf specialty sandwich concept by Tom Colicchio, winner of the James Beard Best Chef New York award and creator of the acclaimed restaurant, Craft, with locations in NYC, Las Vegas and a 6,000-sf spot planned for the W. Colicchio also will also operate the W's lobby bar.

Mikus says talks are under way with one of Dallas' television stations to take an end cap as broadcast location. She says the team's also negotiating with two sponsors for the LED boards, which were incorporated to add a Times Square look and feel to the district; a national retailer of men's and women's apparel for 3,000 sf; an NYC home decor operator for roughly 6,000 sf; a florist; 2,500-sf gourmet hamburger eatery; a trio of women's fashion boutiques for 7,000 sf; an another restaurant and bar for 7,500 sf.

"We've been really ferreting out some unique retail," Mikus says. "We've been scouring Miami, Melrose, Soho, London and Toronto." By year's end or first-quarter 2006, the team will start wooing retailers for the 135,000 sf of retail in the third phase. All she'll say at this point is the wish list includes an urban grocer, furniture store and shoe shop.

Mikus says most signed leases have 10-year terms with shared tenant-improvement costs. Rents are quoted at $38 per sf to $45 per sf for retail space, she says. Inked deals are the N9NE Group, getting space for its Las Vegas-famous ghostbar, steakhouse, Nove Italian restaurant and a developing nightclub concept; Victory Tavern; local entrepreneur Ort Varona's LIFT, a 20,000-sf designer mecca with storefronts by J. Lindeberg, Adriano Goldschmied and Global by Ted Baker; Fred Perry; G-Star; Future Sports, also a J. Lindeberg concept; Quicksilver; and Bliss spa taking 5,000 sf on the 16th floor of the W and 1,200 sf in a street-level shop.

Mikus admits the district is heavily weighted with restaurants, but the strategy is to create "a neighborhood that attracts people 24/7" and set up a broad-based menu so visitors are encouraged to stay, shop and dine in the district. Added incentives include a full wireless territory, granite sidewalks and a valet parking system for all buildings.

Mikus says talks are under way for at least 55,000 sf of the 120,000 sf of office space in the second phase. Title companies, banks, investment bankers, insurance firms and attorneys are negotiating, but no deal has been signed to date.

The six-building second phase, which delivers in May 2006, consists of 600 residential units, 175,000 sf of retail, 120,000 sf of office space, a one-acre park and the W. The three-building third phase will have another 280 apartments and condos, 135,000 sf of retail and 600,000 sf of office space. Hillwood has amassed a powerful roster of partners, including Gatehouse Capital and Hicks Holdings LLC, the teammates for the W, the catalyst for getting the seven-year plan off the drawing board.
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I have to say, I like the architecture, and the first and second pics are amazing.
It looks like the entrance of some big old train station, really great.
In a word, WOW!
rantanamo said:
Haha what a surprise!! I see Songaila? Number 25 guarding Dirk Nowitzki (well yeah we can't really see his numbers, but its still Darius;))!! In the line-up with Anthony Peeler (maybe Bobby Jackson though), Brad Miller, I guess Doug Christie and probably Gerald Wallace.. Well I'm not really sure. However, I can see Songaila's got 2 points and a foul haha. Sorry for an off-top guys :)

Well, as for the arena, it doesn't really appeal to me.. Maybe I'm kinda too European and I want to see something special, more modern, not like this..
I'm guessing you mean the exterior? There's still not a more modern bowl.

10 / 10 for the interior. 6 / 10 for the exterior. It's a hotchpotch attempt at looking old that seems to incorporate too many incompatible older styles. Looks nice enough, but it's nothing terribly special.
That's a beautiful exterior especially those night shots. I've heard good things about AAC but never saw the pics, now I understand the hype. 9.5
$420 million. Still the most expensive arena(in that size range) ever built. More expensive than large stadiums with very few exceptions. Here are some exterior shots of the surrounding neighborhood being built around it.

These are some of the large video boards lining the buildings on the South Plaza of the arena. These boards move seperately as well as being able to combine to show a single video. There will be four on each side facing the plaza as well as others facing surrounding streets and one above the local ABC affiliate's studio. Originally, these buildings and the neighborhood were too look like the arena, but the original hired developer failed to deliver. The original developer of the arena took over and went modern.

This is looking out of the south entrance to the arena. This should have a Times Square type feel this time next year.

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