This Is What The American Airlines Arena Looked Like Under Construction

Designed by Miami architect firm Arquitectonica, the American Airlines Arena was built next to Biscayne Bay and Biscayne Boulevard to serve as the home arena for the Miami Heat.

Construction began in 1998 at a cost of $213,000,000. However, there was a hiccup in the construction process when the arena caught fire causing helicopters to dump water to prevent further spreading.

Despite the fire, the arena opened on time in December of 1999 and has been the home to three NBA championships.

Pre-Construction Lot - Photo Credit: Smith Photos

Construction Halfway Done - Photo Credit: Smith Photos

The American Airlines Arena Today

Bonus Photo

American Airlines Arena Catching Fire During Construction - Photo Credit: Scott B. Smith

American Airlines Arena Catching Fire During Construction - Photo Credit: Scott B. Smith