Reunion Arena
Reunion Arena was an indoor arena, in the Reunion district of downtown Dallas, Texas ( USA). The arena held 18,293 for basketball and 17,001 for ice hockey. It was finally demolished in November 2009 and the site was cleared by the end of the year.

Reunion Arena was completed in 1980 at a cost of $27 million. It was named for the early mid-nineteenth century commune, La Reunion. In late 2005, the arena and the Dallas Convention Center were used as the primary Dallas shelters for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. In 1994, President Bill Clinton visited the arena to watch his beloved University of Arkansas basketball team play in the NCAA Tournament. Reunion Arena also hosted the WCT Tennis Tournament in the 1980s, including Virginia Slims Invitational Tournament. Due to scheduling conflicts in 1984, the WCT Tennis Tournament forced the Dallas Mavericks to play Game 5 of their first ever playoff series at Moody Coliseum, against the Seattle SuperSonics. While Southern Methodist University competed in the Southwest Conference, Reunion Arena was known by University of Arkansas Razorbacks fans, as Barnhill South, due to the big following by the Arkansas fans away from home, the Barnhill Arena was the home to all UA games until 1993.

The arena also hosted numerous concerts and other events. While the first concert at Reunion was billed as The Who on July 2, 1980, at least two other concerts played there in late June: Foghat and Pat Travers on June 25, 1980; and Ted Nugent, Scorpions, and Def Leppard on June 26, 1980. The rock band Journey played three consecutive shows at the arena in April 1983 and again in December 1986. Van Halen played three shows in June 1984 and Pink Floyd played three consecutive shows at Reunion in November, 1987. Pop songstress Whitney Houston played two sold-out concerts at Reunion in September 1987. The video for the Scorpions' song " Still Loving You" was filmed there, and in 1985 Motley Crue shot the video of the song "Home Sweet Home" there as well. The arena featured 30,000 ft² (2,790 m²) of arena floor space and had great sightlines, making it ideal for a number of events and games, including many high school graduations. Country music superstar Garth Brooks filmed his first television special, This Is Garth Brooks, in the arena during two sold-out concerts in September 1991, The concert became noteworthy after Brooks and guitarist Ty England took two guitars together and smashed them on stage. Another country music superstar, Shania Twain once performed her Come on Over Tour in the arena on September 12, 1998 and was filmed in her first DVD released Shania Twain Live. Dire Straits played there during their On Every Street world tour in 1991. Reunion was also a venue that was frequently used by World Class Championship Wrestling in the 1980s, in which the promotion held many, if not all of their bi-monthly Star Wars events.

Home teams
The arena's last remaining full-time sports tenant was the MISL Dallas Sidekicks, but the club has been inactive since the Fall of 2004 season. The arena was the home of the Dallas Mavericks from 1980 to 2001 and the Dallas Stars from 1993 to 2001. Both teams moved to the American Airlines Center in 2001. The Dallas Desperadoes indoor football team used the arena for its 2003 season but ultimately returned to American Airlines Center.

After a unanimous vote by the Dallas City Council, Reunion Arena officially closed on June 30, 2008.

In August 2008, the Dallas City Council said it would implode the stadium if it could find an entity willing to foot the bill. The council hoped for the implosion to be part of a movie scene with the film company picking up the tab for the implosion. When no filmmaker seemed interested, the city decided to demolish the arena using other methods, a process which took several months. Demolition was officially completed on November 17, 2009 and the site was completely cleared by the end of the year. As of November 2009, the adjacent parking garage remains standing and there are no plans for construction on the former arena site.

Notable events
  • 1980: The Who played the first concert to ever be held at the arena.
  • 1982: Ozzy Osbourne performed, with guitar virtuoso Randy Rhoads, who was killed in a plane crash less than a month later.
  • 1982: On November 25, singer Linda Ronstadt performed her famous Happy Thanksgiving Day concert, one of the first ever via satellite concerts, by a female solo artist, to be broadcast live on radio stations across the nation.
  • 1983: The first wrestling sellout, of more than 17,000, was on June 17, headlined by Harley Race vs. Kevin Von Erich, for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and Bruiser Brody & Kerry Von Erich vs. Michael P.S. Hayes & Terry Gordy.
  • 1984: Republican National Convention on August 20-23.
  • 1984: Scorpions filmed their video for " Still Loving You".
  • 1985: Mötley Crüe's Theatre of Pain Tour stopped here, they filmed their video for "Home Sweet Home".
  • 1986: NCAA men's basketball Final Four and NBA All-Star Game.
  • 1989: 1989 MISL All-Star Game
  • 1991: Garth Brooks tapes his first television special, This is Garth Brooks!, during two sold out concerts in September. The special airs on NBC in early 1992. It is released on VHS on June 16, 1992 and it is later included as part of the November 2006 DVD release, Garth Brooks - The Entertainer.
  • 1998: Shania Twain tapes her television special Shania Twain Live , on September 12, which is aired exclusively on DirecTV for free. The special was later released on DVD in November 1999. Three of her music videos were also taken from this performance.
  • 1999: Benny Hinn Miracle Crusade
  • 2000: New Jersey Devils won Stanley Cup, defeating the Dallas Stars in Game 6.
  • 2000: WWF Fully Loaded.
  • 2000: WCW Monday Nitro featuring a modified WarGames match called Russo's Revenge.
  • 2003: Big 12 Conference Women's Post-season Basketball Tournament
  • 2003: NCAA Women's Volleyball Division I Final Four
  • 2004: Big 12 Conference Women's Post-season Basketball Tournament
  • 2006: Big 12 Conference Women's Post-season Basketball Tournament
  • 2007: NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Regional
  • 2008: Reunion Arena closes.
  • 2009: Reunion Arena is demolished.


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