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American Airlines Arena

The American Airlines Arena, home to the NBA's Miami Heat, hosts a multitude of events, including basketball, hockey, concerts and family shows.

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Project Details

Project Partners
HOK & Arquitectonica
Owner
Dade County, Florida
Location
Miami, Florida
Completion Date
Area
700,000 ft²
Sustainability
LEED Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance
Seating Capacity
21,000
Teams/League
Miami Heat - NBA
Number of Concourses
5
Number of Suites
156
Project Awards

AIA Florida, Award for Excellence in Architecture, 2000

American Airlines Arena in Miami. Jimmy Baikovicius/Flickr
American Airlines Arena in Miami. Ivan Curra/Panoramio
American Airlines Arena in Miami. Prayitno/Flickr
American Airlines Arena in Miami. Ed Webster/Flickr
American Airlines Arena in Miami. Thornton Tomasetti
American Airlines Arena in Miami. Thornton Tomasetti

Flexible space for A multifunctional arena

The American Airlines Arena, home to the NBA's Miami Heat, hosts a multitude of events, including basketball, hockey, concerts and family shows. It seats up to 19,600 spectators and features private suites, a bar and lounge, restaurants, a 2.6-acre plaza, public terraces and balconies, underground parking and multipurpose practice courts.

We provided structural design services to HOK and Arquitectonica for the facility, which was completed in 1999.

Highlights

  • One of the arena’s most distinctive features is the installation of an ALIX retractable seating system at the event level to allow both uncomplicated and rapid conversion among seating arrangements.
  • The event level is a structurally framed floor system above the parking level and has an ice rink constructed on a structural flat slab.
  • The parking level, constructed 15 feet below the 100-year flood elevation, is a slab-on-grade construction with holes to relieve water pressure in the instance of flooding.
  • An efficient tension-tied roof design resists uplift forces as high as 150 psf. The roof has large cantilevers on two sides and concrete-framed sail structures on the opposite two sides.

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