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The new Southwest Porch at Strauss Square is now open at the AT&T Performing Arts Center! The new space in the Center’s outdoor performance venue Annette Strauss Square gives audience members an area with shaded seating, a great view of the stage, a Wolfgang Puck grill, cocktails and Ping-Pong. It is strategically located in the southwest corner of Strauss Square. The Center and Southwest Airlines unveiled the porch September 13 with a celebration and a concert by local artist and former American Idol contestant Casey James.

Southwest Airline CEO, President and Chairman Gary Kelly toasted the crowd with a glass of the Southwest Brew, a specialty wheat beer created by Franconia Brewing Company in McKinney. The Center’s Acting President and CEO Doug Curtis welcomed the guests and jokingly thanked Kelly for the flyover after a Southwest airplane coincidentally flew over during his speech.

Both the Center and Southwest Airlines are excited about this hometown collaboration between two iconic Dallas organizations. Southwest Porch will only be open during concerts in Strauss Square. Southwest Airlines also has similar spaces at Bryant Park in New York and Skyline Park in Denver.

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