Reunion Arena was an indoor arena in the Reunion district of downtown Dallas, Texas (USA). The arena held 17,300 for basketball and 17,000 for ice hockey.
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 hosted the WCT Tennis Tournament in the 1980s, including The Virginia Slims Invitational Tournament. Due to scheduling conflicts in 1984, the Virginia Slims 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. The rock band Journey
played three consecutive shows at the arena in April 1983 and in December 1986, Van Halen
played three shows in June 1984 and Pink Floyd played three consecutive shows at Reunion on November, 1987. Also, Reunion was 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.The arena featured 30,000 ft²
) 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, and 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
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
After a unanimous vote by the Dallas City Council, Reunion Arena officially closed on June 30, 2008. It is expected to be demolished beginning in March 2009.
In August 2008 the Dallas City Council said it would implode the stadium if it could find an entity willing to foot the bill. Plans from the council call for the implosion to be part of a movie scene with the film company picking up the tab for the implosion.