Municipal Archives

​Reunion Arena, 1980-2010

​Collection 2014-001


Office of the City Secretary
Dallas Municipal Archives
1500 Marilla Street, 5D South
Dallas, Texas 75201
Creator City of Dallas Convention and Event Facilities
Title Reunion Arena
Dates 1978-2009
Quantity 2.52 linear feet
Abstract Correspondence, memoranda, financial records, meeting minutes, printed materials, and photographs.
Identification 2014-001
Language Records are in English

Scope and Content

Collection documents the city-owned city facility Reunion Arena, its facilities, and its events. The bulk of the collection is photographic prints, including musical acts onstage and sporting events. A small photo series documents the building's facilities, used for arena marketing and planning, as well as documentation of its accommondations for press and media.

Reunion Arena was an indoor arena in the Reunion district of downtown Dallas, Texas. The arena served as the primary home of the National Basketball Association's Dallas Mavericks and the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars. Its capacity held accommodations for 18,187 basketball and 17,001 for ice hockey spectators. Reunion Arena broke ground March 15, 1978, and was completed in 1980 at a cost of $27 million, funded through [bond package]. It was dedicated April 28, 1980, and is was named for the nearby 19th-century French commune experiment La Reunion.

The arena featured 30,000 feet of floor space hosted hundreds of events and games, including many high school graduations.  The first music concert at Reunion was Parliament-Funkadelic and the Bar-Kays on May 9, 1980.  Despite rumors that The Who was the first rock act to play Reunion, it was, in fact, a bill including Foghat and Pat Travers on June 25, 1980.

Several rock bands played consecutive-day shows at Reunion, including Journey (three in July 1983 and three in December 1986), Van Halen (three in June 1984), Pink Floyd (three in November 1987), Whitney Houston (two in September 1987), and Michael Jackson (three in April 1988).  Videos and entire concert recordings were made for such acts as Queen (1980), Judas Priest (June 27, 1986), the Scorpions (1984), Mötley Crüe, and Garth Brooks (1991).  Reunion was also frequently used by World Class Championship Wrestling in the 1980s.

In 1984, the arena hosted the Republican National Convention. In late 2005, the arena and the Dallas Convention Center were used as the primary Dallas shelters for evacuees of Hurricane Katrina.

Its sports tenants included:

• Dallas Mavericks, 1980–2001 (National Basketball Association)

• Dallas Tornado, 1980–1981 (North American Soccer League)

• Dallas Sidekicks, 1984–2004 (Major Indoor Soccer League)

• Dallas Texans, 1990–1993 (Arena Football League)

• Dallas Stars, 1993–2001 (National Hockey League) 

• Dallas Stallions, 1999 (Roller Hockey International)

• Dallas Desperados, 2003 (Arena Football League)

Reunion Arena closed June 30, 2008, and was demolished in November-December 2009.


The collection is arranged in three series: photography, oversized materials, ephemera, and artifacts. Organized in alphabetical order within each series.


Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from the Dallas Municipal Archives. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Reunion Arena, 1980-2010 (Box <x>, Folder <y>), Dallas Municipal Archives

Related Materials

Index Terms

Dallas -- Texas -- History
Reunion Arena (Dallas, Tex.)
Sports facilities -- Texas -- Dallas

Container List

Box Folder
Title, Date
Music Performers and Acts:
11Adams, Bryan, 4/18/1992

2Asia, 7/21/1982
​3The ​Bar-Kays, 5/9/1980

3 The Beach Boys, 2/15/1981

4Benatar, Pat, 3/31/1983
​5​Black, Clint, 11/19/1993
​6​Blondie, undated
​7​Bowie, David, 10/10/1987
​8​Browne, Jackson, 8/21/1983
​9​Brooks, Garth, 9/20/1991
​10​Brooks and Dunn, undated
​11​Bush, 12/12/1999
​12​The Cars, 9/10/1984
​13​Cheap Trick, 1/22/1981
​14​Clark, Roy, undated
​15​Clapton, Eric, undated
​16​The Commodores, 10/10/1981
​17The Cure, 8/21/1996
​18​Dion, Celine, 4/2/1999
​19​The Doobie Brothers

​20​Duran Duran, 2/11/1984
​21​Fogelberg, Dan, 2/13/1982
​22​Foreigner, 11/8/1985
​23​Gatlin, Larry, 2/28/1982
​24​Gayle, Crystal, 11/15/1982
​25​The Go-Gos, 10/12/1982
​26​Hagar, Sammy, 2/18/1983
​27​Hall and Oates, 3/29/1982
​28​Jamiroquai, undated
​29​Jethro Tull, 10/31/1980
​30​The Judds, 1988
​31​Kansas, 7/13/1991
​32​Kenny G, undated
​33​Madonna, undated
​34​Mandrell, Barbara, 3/6/1983
​35​Manilow, Barry, 2/25/1988
​36​McCartney, Paul, undated
​37​McEntire, Reba, 10/31/1996
​38​Millsap, Ronnie, 3/6/1983
​39​Minnelli, Liza, 11/10/1985
​40The ​Moody Blues, 11/4/1983
​41​Newton-John, Olivia, 9/2/1982
​42​Nugent, Ted, 8/11/1982
​2​1Oak Ridge Boys, 6/20/1980, 6/18/1982
​2​Page, Jimmy, 3/18/1995

​Parton, Dolly & Kenny Rogers​ ​  ​ ​ ​ ​​ ​ 
​4​Pavarotti, Luciano, undated
​5​​Robert Plant, 6/8/1988, 3/5/1995

The Police (Andy Summers), undated
​7​Queen, 8/9/1980

​​Rabbit, Eddie, 11/15/1982
​9​REO Speedwagon, 1/6/1985
​10​ Rimes, LeAnn, undated
​11​Rogers, Kenny - See Parton, Dolly
​12​Ross, Diana, 1/26/1982
​13Rush, 4/10/1981, 1/20/1988
​14​ ​Seger, Bob, undated
​15​Stewart, Rod, 1/15/1982, 2/6/1996
​16​Styx, 2/8/1981
​17 Tears for Fears, 2/5/1990
​18​Thorogood, George, 9/29/1983
​19​Travis, Randy, 2/23/1991

​20​Walsh, Joe, 10/10/1981
​21Wonder, Stevie, 11/2/1980, 7/11/1986
​22​Yearwood, Trisha, 2/13-15/1988
​23ZZ Top, 12/31/1980
​24Unidentified performers, undated
Non-Music Events:
​3​1​Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, undated
​2​National Association of Home Builders, undated
​3Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus, undated
​4Sports and Athletics:
​5​Arena Football League: Dallas Texas versus Denver Dynamite, undated
​6​Continental Indoor Soccer League (Dallas Sidekicks), undated
​7​Dallas Mavericks, undated
​8​Harlem Globetrotters, undated
​9Ice skating, 1993-1995
​10​Miracle on Ice rematch, undated
​11​National Hockey League: Dallas Stars, undated
​12​Ntional Collegiate Athletic Assocation (NCAA) Basketball - Louisville Cardinals, undated
​13​National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Basketball - Oklahoma versus Lousiana Tech, 1985
​14​Southwest Conference - women's and men's basketball, undated
​15​Unidentified monster truck shows, undated

​16​Unidentified rodeo, undated
17​Unidentified track and field events, undated
​18World Championship Tennis (1980), Martina Navratilova, undated
​Facilities Documentation:
19​Convention and event facilitites planning photography, undated
​20​Reunion press and media, undated
​21​Duplicate photo prints, undated
​Oversized Photography (all series):
​4​1​Brickman, Jim and Michael W. Smith, 2/14/1999
​2​Brooks, Garth, undated
​3​Dion, Celine, undated
​4​John, Elton, undated
​5​Kings of Comedy tour, undated
​6​Lynyrd Skynyrd, undated
​7​NSYNC, undated
​8​Stewart, Rod, undated
​9​Twain, Shania, undated
Oversized materials:
​5​1​​World Wrestling Federation, unidentified match, undated
​2​Dallas Sidekicks team autographed team poster, undated
​3​Dallas Stars Stanely Cup comemorative poster, undated
​6​1​First Concert - Grand Opening plaque, 1980
​2​Texas Society of Architects Honor Award to Harwood K. Smith and Partners, 1980
​3​D Magazine Best Award, 1981
​4​Architectural Award of Excellence to Harwood K. Smith and Partners, American Institute of Steel Construction, 1981
​1​Bronze door pull, 1980
​2​Bronze sign for Bob Folsom Room, 1980
​3​Brick from Reunion Arena, 1980
​4​Facilities signage, undated
​5​Reunion Arena traffic sign, undated