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New Mavericks arena is sky-high part of Mark Cuban’s downtown vision

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says “there’s nothing wrong with” American Airlines Center, but he’s upset with the lack of nearby available parking partially because of expanded housing and development.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says “there’s nothing wrong with” American Airlines Center, but he’s upset with the lack of nearby available parking partially because of expanded housing and development. AP

Mark Cuban is a visionary.

And the Dallas Mavericks owner’s vision is to potentially have a new state-of-the-art arena for his club when the current lease with American Airlines Center expires in 14 years.

“That’s not to take anything away from the arena,” Cuban said. “But in 14 years my dream — and this is like the long, long, long, long, long, long shot — is to build an arena that’s 20 stories up in the air where every seat has a view of downtown [Dallas], whether that’s north, south, east or west, which would be very cool.

“Just like [New York’s Madison Square Garden] is on top of Grand Central [Station], imagine it 20 stories up. It’s taking a page from ballparks like Pittsburgh and other places that have amazing views.”

Cuban stressed that it’s not a sure thing that the Mavs will leave AAC when their contract expires.

That’s not to take anything away from the arena. But in 14 years my dream — and this is like the long, long, long, long, long, long shot — is to build an arena that’s 20 stories up in the air where every seat has a view of downtown [Dallas], whether that’s north, south, east or west, which would be very cool.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban

“That’s a vision,” he said. “It’s not necessarily a slam dunk, but it’s part of the thinking process.”

Cuban said the new arena would “absolutely positively” be built in downtown Dallas, or close to it, and not in the suburbs. He also let it known that he is disturbed by the number of apartments/condos/townhomes that have been built around AAC, thus eliminating some of the parking spots available for fans to attend Mavs games.

And what will happen to AAC if the Mavs leave?

“It depends on what the [Dallas] Stars would do, whether they come with us,” Cuban said. “But the reality is, there’s nothing wrong with the arena.

“It’s the parking and everything around it. I’m less worried about the curb appeal than customer satisfaction.”

We’re going to want a better situation than what we’ve got now.

Cuban

Cuban also wants to build another spot in the downtown Dallas area.

“It’ll just be basketball operations, orthopedics, medical, scientific, all the future bio-analytics,” he said. “All that kind of stuff that we want to stay ahead of.

“If there’s a new advanced MRI machine, it’s going to go there.”

Cuban hopes to break ground on that building this summer, but hasn’t found a location yet. However, his crown jewel is to potentially find a new home for the Mavs.

“The place we’re looking at, we’ll have to have a lot of parking because we haven’t really gotten much support from local builders for our parking,” Cuban said. “And that’s one of the reasons we’re looking at potentially a new location.

“We’re going to want a better situation than what we’ve got now.”

Chance for Parsons

Cuban said “there’s a chance” forward Chandler Parsons would be able to play if the Mavs reach the second round of the playoffs.

Parsons underwent arthroscopic surgery Friday to address an injury to his right medial meniscus. It’s the second straight year he’s had a medical procedure on his right knee, but is it cause for concern?

“It’s obviously something that we’re going to have to deal with and talk to the doctors about and see what they have to say,” Cuban said. “It’s too early to know.”

Asked if it changes the way he views Parsons’ future with the Mavs, Cuban said: “Everything, assuming he’s healthy. And that’s going to depend on his recovery and what the doctors say.

“But I want him to be a long, long, long part of the franchise.”

Parsons can opt out of his contract and become a free agent this summer.

Dwain Price: 817-390-7760, @dwainprice

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