American Airlines Center which opened in 2001 is a mesmerizingly beautiful venue with having a great outside design to take breath away from anyone walking by.
The arena who is a host for the Dallas Stars and NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. The venue followed the city’s technological boom and at the opening it was promising more digital signs than any other sports center, reply boards five time more advanced than the previous venue, high tech sounds and internet access in luxury suites.
Boasting over 18500 seats the arena is a certain bet to sell Dallas Stars tickets well, especially that innovative design of the interior placed the seating bowl closer to the action than ever before.
The franchise was established in 1967 as Minnesota North Stars and during its existence of 26 seasons the team reached playoffs 17 times, including two trips to the Stanley Cup Finals. Unfortunately due to financial struggle the franchise was bought out and moved to Dallas in 1993.
There they became the Dallas Stars and the team also reached the finals twice, this time the difference was, one Stanley Cup to the franchise in 1998-99 against the Sabres, the series known for its “No Goal” controversy.
The team won 7 division championships since moving to Dallas and two Presidents Trophy. Unfortunately the early success of the franchise in Minnesota hasn’t repeated in Dallas as despite the Stanley Cup the franchise struggled reaching the postseason especially in recent years when the team was out of playoffs 6 times in 7 seasons.
The Stars are currently members of Central Division in Western Conference after the 2013 realignment, and they have two division titles coming from here.
The team’s colours are victory green, silver, black and white and their mascot is a furry alien whose hockey sticks serve as antennas and he is known as Victor E. Green.
The winner of Jack Adams Trophy in 2006, Lindy Ruff is the head coach of the Dallas Stars. The former defenceman for Buffalo Sabres, known for his toughness and high work ethics, joined the franchise in 2013, after having coached his former team, the Sabres for many successful years. He is well known for his blunt approach to the media and his tough hard working character is what the franchise is hoping for to bring them to the top again.
The Stars have a luxury of having two veteran goaltenders on their roster and both of them, Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen are expected to split their duties during the season.
Niemi, Stanley Cup winner with the Blackhawks was brought to the team in 2015 offseason to strengthen the position. While Lehtonen played for the Stars since 2010. He won medals playing in Olympic Games, World Championship and World Cup for his team Finland.
Jamie Benn is the Stars nominated captain. Drafted in 2009 by the franchise the left wingman has slowly developed into the league’s leading force that earned him the Art Ross Trophy in 2014-15 for a player who is the NHL’s scoring point’s leader.
His main supporter comes in the person of John Klingberg, a gold medallist in World Junior Championship in 2012 for his team Canada. The defence man that was drafted by the franchise in 2010 didn’t play his full NHL season until 2014-15 when he finished first in points among all rookie defenceman that season.
There seems to be a good mixture of youth and experience that might just be the right thing for the city of Dallas and the franchise’s fans to enjoy in years to come.