The AmericanAirlines Arena is an arena located in Downtown Miami, Florida along Biscayne Bay and is used for basketball games and concerts. It was constructed as a replacement for the Miami Arena and was designed by the architecture firms Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture.
The AmericanAirlines Arena is home to the Miami Heat of the NBA.
The WNBA team Miami Sol played at the arena from the team's birth in 2000 to the team's folding in 2002.
American Airlines maintains the American Airlines Arena Travel Center at the stadium.
* 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 Heat played the Dallas Mavericks. Because of this, the series was nicknamed by some as the American Airlines series.
* As part of its sponsorship arrangement, American Airlines had 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 County economy.
* 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. WWE will return to the arena on July 14 for Smackdown/ECW
* 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 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.
* The Waterfront Theater is 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 concerts but 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 UFC event in the state of Florida, UFC 42: Sudden Impact, on April 25, 2003.
* In December 2003, Vermont-based jamband Phish played 4 consecutive nights at the American Airlines Arena, the last of which being a 3 set New Year's Eve show. Notably, this was Phish's last NYE performance.
* In November 2002, Cher's Living Proof: The Farewell Tour performed at AAA for an NBC special which aired in April 2003, winning an Emmy.
* Two shows of the US leg of Madonna's Confessions Tour recently took place at the arena, in late July.
* Latin mega-star Shakira held 5 shows for her North American leg of the Oral Fixation Tour in the arena; 2 in September and 3 in December.
* The arena was featured in the 2004 Xbox game Driv3r.
* On March 28, 2004, Britney Spears performed 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 Rodgers performed their Queen + Paul Rodgers Tour at the arena.
* Architectural design team members included: George Heinlein, Reinaldo Borges, and Lance Simon.
* The arena was host to the American Idol 2008 auditions on August 20-22nd, 2007.
* The Arena was host of two concerts of the Argentinian rock band Soda Stereo on December 4, December 5, 2007.
* Kanye West performed his Glow In The Dark Tour featuring N*E*R*D, Lupe Fiasco, and Rihanna on May 6, 2008.
* Tina Turner performed her Tina: Live in Concert Tour at the arena before a sell-out crowd of over 16,000 on October 30, 2008.
* Celine Dion performed her Taking Chances Tour at the arena on January 23, 2009.
* "See through" shot-clocks from Daktronics have now been added in place of the older units.*
* Britney Spears performed with The Circus Tour at the arena on March 7, 2009. She set an attendance record with a sell-out crowd of 18,644, beating out Celine Dion who previously gathered a 17,725 crowd. It is noted as the largest concert attendance in the arena's history as of 2009.
Past/Up coming Concerts Events
* Luis Miguel - Amarte Es Un Placer Tour - March 24 and March 25, 2000
* Mariah Carey, Da Brat - Rainbow World Tour - March 29, 2000
* Cher - Living Proof: The Farewell Tour - 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
* Luis Miguel - 33 Tour - November 15, 2003
* Phish - New Year's Eve run - December 28 - December 31, 2003
* Britney Spears The Onyx Hotel Tour - March 28, 2004
* Madonna - Re-Invention Tour August 1 and 2, 2004
* 2004 MTV Video Music Awards - MTV Video Music Awards - August 29, 2004
* 2005 MTV Video Music Awards - MTV Video Music Awards - August 28, 2005
* Mariah Carey, Sean Paul - The Adventures of Mimi Tour - August 5, 2006
* Luis Miguel - Mexico En La Piel Tour - November 29 and November 30, 2005
* Madonna - The Confessions Tour July 22 and 23, 2006
* 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, Rihanna and N.E.R.D. - Glow in the Dark Tour - May 6, 2008
* Tina Turner - Tina: Live in Concert Tour - October 30, 2008
* Luis Miguel - Complices Tour - November 7 and November 8, 2008
* Jesus Adrian Romero y Marcela Gandara - Aniversario de La Nueva - December 5, 2008
* Céline Dion - Taking Chances Tour - January 23, 2009
* Britney Spears, The Pussycat Dolls- The Circus Starring: Britney Spears- March 7, 2009