The American Airlines Arena is an indoor sports and entertainment venue in downtown Miami, Florida. The arena opened in 1999 and cost $213 million to construct. The color-changing scoreboard was designed by Christopher Janney. With a smooth white face, colorful lighted windows, and landscaping edged with palm trees and a variety of flowers, the American Airlines Arena is beautiful both inside and out. Situated across the street from Bicentennial Park and overlooking Biscayne Bay, the American Airlines Arena is truly a pleasure to behold.
The American Airlines Arena hosts sporting events, concerts, and family shows. Fans enjoy high flying basketball thanks to Miami Heat tickets. In addition to Miami Heat games, the arena has hosted NBA Finals, WWE and WCW competitions, and Ultimate Fighting Championship tournaments.
Since the opening of the arena to Gloria Estefan’s performance in 1999, the venue has hosted a variety of performances. Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Green Day, the Backstreet Boys, and Bruno Mars have all performed at the American Airlines Arena. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Marvel LIVE! and Disney on Ice bring fun for the whole family to the arena.
The American Airlines Arena features seating for nearly 20,000 guests and unobstructed sight lines from any seat in the arena. The arena offers bowl seating in three tiers with more than 2,100 Club seats..
Getting There and Getting In
Parking & Directions
The American Airlines Arena is located at 601 Biscayne Boulevard in Miami, less than 15 minutes away from the Miami International Airport. The arena is close to the Dolphin Expressway, the MacArthur Causeway, and I-95. Parking is available at various locations off of Biscayne Boulevard or North 2nd Avenue between NE 1st Street and NE 12th Street. More than 20 parking lots are within a ten minute walk of the American Airlines Arena.
Public transit is great not only for guests without a vehicle, but also for guests who wish to avoid traffic, parking, and parking fees. Multiple public transit options make travel to the American Airline Arena easy. The MetroRail, the MetroBus, and the MetroMover all stop near the American Airlines Arena. The MetroRail service, which normally runs from 5:00 a.m. until midnight, has extended service until 1:00 a.m. for certain events at the American Airlines Arena.
The MetroBus offers three routes that stop near the arena. Route 3 runs from Aventura Mall in the north to SW/SE 1st Street in downtown Miami. Route 16 runs from the Wal-Mart on NE 167th Street to NE 14th Street and the Arsht Performing Arts MetroMover Station and Bus Terminal. The Route 246 NightOwl bus also stops at the Wal-Mart on NE 167th Street, but it continues west to NW 22nd Avenue and south to the Downtown Bus Terminal on SW 2nd Street.
The MetroMover is a great option for those on a budget. All passengers on the MetroMover ride for free. The MetroMover runs from 5:00 a.m. until midnight seven days a week. The MetroMover connects to the MetroRail at Government Center Station and Brickell Station. There are also several bus terminal connection locations. The MetroMover runs to major stops like Bayside Market Place and Miami-Dade College, offering a great way to get to and from the American Airlines Arena.