Downtown Dallas has a lot to see from museums to music. Dallas-Fort-Worth concert venues run the gamut from small to large and gritty to elegant. Downtown, the American Airlines Center is the premium location for big concerts. The only larger indoor facility is Cowboys Stadium which is a world class sports building but the worst place to hear a concert on the planet. The arena is located at 2500 Victory Avenue in Dallas and anchors a development known as Victory Park. In addition to restaurants and shops, Victory Park is home to WFAA Channel 8 the local ABC TV affiliate.
Located in the southwest corner of the city, the arena is affectionately known is the AAC. The building sits high out of the ground and seats up to 21,000 for a concert. The acoustics are typical for a big arena, bouncy and bassy but overall fair to good. Sight lines are excellent at the AAC and there is not a bad seat in the house. Even a seat in the back row offers a view of the entire stage although you may need binoculars.
Getting to the AAC is easy and convenient. Parking is available in garages next to the facility, but the best way to get to the American Airlines Center is by train. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will deliver you to the doorstep of the arena. Concertgoers from the Fort Worth area can travel to the American Airlines Center on the Trinity River Express train or TRE.
The American Airlines Center opened to rave reviews and a Texas sized ribbon cutting on July 27, 2001, and The Eagles performed the first concert in the building the next night. Upcoming shows at the AAC include Nickelback on May 15th, the Eagles on June 26th and Lady Gaga on July 22nd and 23rd.