«Американ Эйрлайнс Арена» (англ. American Airlines Arena), спорт. комплекс в Майами, штат Флорида, США, открытый в 1999 году. Вместимость арены — около 20 тыс. человек. Является домашней ареной для команды Майами Хит (НБА). В сезонах женской NBA 2000-2002 служила домашней ареной команде WNBA Майами Сол (Miami Sol), в составе которой блистала россиянка Елена Баранова, Олимпийская чемпионка, первый игрок из Европы в женской NBA, первая и единственная россиянка в матче всех звёзд женской NBA (2001 WNBA All-Star Game).
В 2000 году арена принимала WCW Uncensored, 29 января 2006 года Королевскую битву WWE, 18 ноября 2007 - Бои на выживание WWE.
Кроме спортивных мероприятий сооружения часто используется и для проведения концертов. В своё время здесь выступали Тина Тёрнер, Шэр,Селин Дион, Green Day, Луис Мигель, Мэрайя Кэри, Мадонна, Бритни Спирс и др.
The American Airlines Arena 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 was designed by the architecture firms Arquitectonica and 360 Architecture. The Arena is home to the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. In the early 2000s, the Women's National Basketball Association teamMiami Sol played at the arena from the team's birth in 2000 until the team's folding in 2002. The AmericanAirlines Arena is directly served by theMiami Metrorail at Government Center Station via free transfers to Metromover's Freedom Tower Station and Park West Station. The Arena is also within walking distance from the Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre Metrorail Station.
American Airlines maintains the American Airlines Arena Travel Center at the venue. AmericanAirlines Arena should not be confused with theAmerican Airlines Center, which is located in Dallas. The official spelling of the building is distinct as "American" and "Airlines" is considered as one word. An example of this wording is FedExForum or FedExField, the only difference is that "AmericanAirlines" and "Arena" are not joined together.
The AmericanAirlines 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.
The AmericanAirlines Arena opened on December 31, 1999 and its construction cost was $213,000,000. Architectural design team members included George Heinlein, Cristian Petschen, Reinaldo Borges, and Lance Simon. The AmericanAirlines Arena was inaugurated with a concert byGloria Estefan, two days later, on January 2, 2000, the Miami Heat played his first game in new stadium by defeating the Orlando Magic 111–103.
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.
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-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 Miami Heat has not had to pay to use the $213 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."
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. The 2011 NBA Finals is a rematch of the 2006 Finals and is played at the same two sites.