People Love the AAC

Dallas is home to one of the top 20 concert venues in the world

Dallas is home to one of the top 20 concert venues in the world

Drake at American Airlines Center in 2018
Drake packed in the crowds in 2018. Photo by RAP Photo Company

American Airlines Center has been recognized by several publications as one of the busiest in the world over the past decade, according to a release sent out by the Dallas venue.

The arena, which opened in 2001, was ranked as a top-20 venue in the world over the past decade by industry publications VenuesNow, Billboard, and Pollstar. During that time, American Airlines Center has hosted almost 600 concerts and welcomed in over 5.4 million music fans.

VenuesNow broke down their lists by capacity, with the AAC coming in at No. 12 in the world (and No. 5 in the United States) for tickets sold for venues with a capacity of 15,0001-30,000. The arena has an official capacity of 20,000 for basketball, with room for more with floor seating for concerts.

Over a 10-year period, 5,437,256 tickets were sold for concerts at the arena. That number also puts it at No. 19 in the world over the past decade on VenuesNow's list for venues of all capacities.

Billboard's list ranked venues by cumulative grosses, and based on that criteria, American Airlines Center came in at No. 17 in the world and No. 10 in the United States for venues of all capacities over the past decade. Billboard also named American Airlines Center the 5th busiest arena in the U.S. and the 7th busiest in the world in 2019 alone.

“American Airlines Center continues to be a pillar of entertainment for the robust concert scene in Dallas-Fort Worth,” said Dave Brown, COO of American Airlines Center, in a release. “The loyal and passionate fans make us a leading entertainment destination in the U.S. and the world, and these rankings show just that.”

The arena is set to continue being a big draw in 2020, with concerts by Celine Dion, Miranda Lambert, Eagles, Sturgill Simpson, The Who, Elton John, and Harry Styles, among others, already scheduled.