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American Bank Center Arena Information

The American Bank Center Arena was constructed adjacent to the American Bank Center Convention Center. The 150,000 square foot building is located on the corner of Shoreline Boulevard and Resaca Street. The groundbreaking was celebrated on November 3, 2002 and construction was completed in the fall of 2004.

Unique from other arenas of this size, the American Bank Center Arena’s split-tiered seating system puts every spectator closer to the performer for an intimate setting. In addition, it is built in a horseshoe configuration creating an optimum experience for end-stage entertainment and allowing for the future expansion of 2,500 seats when the market warrants. 

This state-of-the-art venue accommodates approximately 8,000 fixed seats for sporting events such as basketball, ice hockey, boxing, and more. An additional 2,000 seats can be provided for concerts and entertainment events. The event floor also accommodates exhibition space which will supplement exhibitions at the adjoining American Bank Center Convention Center.

Suites 11
Club Seats 302
Concession Areas 7
Public Bathrooms 28
Ticket Windows 9
Club Bar 1
Locker Rooms 4


Project Architects:

Thompson Ventulett Stainback & Associates
Gignac & Associates

Project Manager:
Anderson Group Construction Management

Arena Contractor:
Fulton Coast Construction

Project Value:

1/8 cent sales tax approved by voters in November 2000 as part of the 2000 bond.

The American Bank Center Arena and renovated Convention Center design makes a clear statement of orientation and development towards Shoreline Boulevard and Corpus Christi Bay.

General public and VIP drop off areas are provided along Shoreline Boulevard and Resaca Street. The walk along Resaca Street is made equally inviting with a series of ramps and stairs leading to the plaza from which the building rises.

The main concourse runs parallel to Shoreline Boulevard and Resaca Street. It is lined with glass walls with views of the bay and the downtown skyline. The administrative offices are also located on this level. Stairs and escalators connect the main concourse and the mezzanine level concourse along the east side of the arena along Shoreline Boulevard. Another escalator connects the mezzanine level to the upper concourse. Staircases access all levels as well.

The VIP Lounge has a bar, dining area, and direct view of the event floor. The suites are 15 rows from the event floor, an ideal distance and height with respect to the event floor. Above this mezzanine there is a spectator balcony level. The north balcony is accessed along the mezzanine concourse, while the south balcony is accessed from the upper concourse.

The bowl has a horseshoe configuration, with the balcony open along the east side to reveal a view of the bay and its dramatic skies. This expanse allows natural light into the arena, which can be blacked out by shades descending to reveal the city logo and name. The horseshoe bowl faces the west end, where the end stage will be located.