The Heat began playing basketball in 1988 as an expansion franchise. Wins were few and far between for Miami early on, as the Heat set the record for futility by losing 17 straight games to begin the franchise's existence. Miami made strides in the 1991-92 season, making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. In 1997 Miami started a run of four straight Atlantic Division titles, going head to head in what became a very heated rivalry with the New York Knicks. Miami was led by a pair of stars in Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, with additional production coming from budding stars P.J. Brown and Jamal Mashburn, and a grizzled veteran in Dan Majerle. The Heat would only get as far as the Eastern Conference Finals once in those four years, being thwarted by the Knicks in each of the other three. In 2006 Miami won its first NBA title, riding Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal to a 4-2 series victory over the Dallas Mavericks. The Heat are now again at the top of the basketball world, sporting big three of Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh. By pairing reliable veterans with that trio, Miami has won back-to-back NBA championships. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Miami Heat basketball tickets.
2013 Heat Season Preview
The Miami Heat won their second consecutive NBA championship, beating the Spurs in seven games after a miraculous Ray Allen three-pointer saved them in Game 6. The team kept all the main pieces in place in the off-season, with Mike Miller being the most used player that left the team. The Heat added Greg Oden, Michael Beasley and Roger Mason Jr. to a team that is poised to get that 3-peat. Many point to age as a contributing factor to a possible demise, but while Dwayne Wade is another year older, the offseason has rid him of nagging injuries and the Heat believe he will be a star contributor.
The champions will open the season against a Brooklyn team that added Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce on Nov. 1 at the Barclays Center. The first home game at American Airlines Arena will be Nov. 3 against Washington. Other key home games will be vs. Indiana on Dec. 18, vs. the Lakers on Christmas Day, and a finals rematch against the San Antonio Spurs on Jan. 26.
Check out our Miami Heat Season Preview History page for previews of previous Heat seasons.
Miami Heat Basketball at American Airlines Arena Address: 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, Florida 33132
The Heat play their home games at American Airlines Arena located in Miami, Florida. American Airlines Arena can hold 19,600 screaming Heat fans when filled to capacity. The arena features the Miami Media Mesh LED display on the outside of the stadium, the largest LED board of its kind in the country. The Miami Heat home bench is on the American Airlines Arena court side in front of sections 107-108. American Airlines Arena parking information is covered in our Heat event guide.
Heat vs. Celtics
The last few seasons this rivalry has intensified as both teams have met in the playoffs. With stars often filling both rosters, this matchup has become must see. Both franchises have taken turns dominating the NBA and with the many playoff meetings, the stakes are always at the highest when these two teams play.
Heat vs. Knicks
This rivalry intensified in the mid-90s when these two teams met in the playoffs four years in a row. Rated as one of the best rivalries in the NBA, this matchup has been highlighted by physical play and an intensity level that is hard to match. The bad blood started when head coach Pat Riley joined the Heat after leading the Knicks for many seasons.
Heat vs. Pacers
If you like two teams and fan bases that hate each other, then this is the matchup for you. This rivalry has been about physical play and often times playing after the whistle has been blown. This rivalry has picked up steam in recent seasons and will only continue to get better in the years to come.
Heat vs. Magic
As state rivals, it is only natural for these two teams to not get along. With over 95 games played including a playoff matchup, this rivalry continues to get better and is often filled with intense and physical play games. With icon Shaquille O'Neal playing for both franchises throughout his career, the connection between these two teams stretch farther than just playing in the same state.
Heat in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Heat have been around since 1988 and have established themselves as one of the premier franchises in the NBA. Miami has 9+ division titles including a run of four straight from 1997-2000. With multiple conference and NBA championships, the Heat will only continue to add to a number that has put them in the discussion of top organization in the league.
Miami Heat Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff for a Heat game?
Doors at American Airlines Arena open to the general public an hour before tipoff. The Heat are known for having one of the flashiest and most entertaining pre-game warmups in the league. It is not uncommon for there to be impromptu rain dances, extravagant handshakes, and of course unbelievable dunks that are worth getting there early to see.
How can I buy cheap Miami Heat tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Miami Heat tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Heat tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee Eastern Conference opponents, like the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and New York Knicks can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer best opportunity to purchase Heat tickets near face value.
Where are some good places to eat prior to the game?
Some of the best food in all of Florida is within walking distance of American Airlines Arena. If you are a barbeque junkie we recommend taking the short walk from the arena to Sparky's Roadside Barbeque. For all of the "foodies" out there check out Michael's Genuine Food and Drink. Michael's is one of those places where you want to try everything on the menu, but you may want to have a reservation, as it is known to have a wait. No Miami food recommendation is complete without Cuban food. El Mago De Las Fritos, Morro Castle, and La Rosa Restaurant are all within 6 miles of the arena and worth checking out.
Where can I find the 2013-2014 Miami Heat schedule
The Heat 2013-2014 schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the NBA. The Heat play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference, which means games against the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Charlotte Bobcats, and Orlando Magic. Game times are announced by the NBA as soon as the TV schedule is set. Miami Heat’s home opener against the Chicago Bulls is typically one of the most popular games. If you are looking for Heat news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Miami Heat team roster.
Where is the best place to park at American Airlines Arena?
Because the arena backs up to the water, it reduces the area of entry and exit (unless you are heading to Miami Beach). If you are looking to forgo the hassle of driving, the MetroRail is a great option. From 7:30 to midnight trains typically run every 30 minutes and are full of enthusiastic Heat fans. If you are going to drive, there are parking lots from Biscayne Blvd. to Miami Ave. with parking passes getting you entry into the most convenient. Whichever method of travel you choose, it is always best to arrive early.
Can I buy Miami Heat season tickets?
Miami season tickets are available to buy until tipoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Heat season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at American Airlines Arena.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Any child under the age of 2 gets into the game for free; it is recommended that you bring proof of the child's age to expedite the process. This Miami Heat team is among the all-time greats and getting to see them in person will be an experience that a child of any age will be able to tell their kids about.
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Our 1st Family trip to an NBA game!!! The trip to the Miami Heat game was a wonderful experience for me and my wife, and three daughters. The tickets we ordered came within a matter of days (literally)!! Bayside, not to mention is another must visit location which is in walking distance to the arena as well. Overall this was an excellent outing, and I cant wait to do it again. March 24, 2011
Great Experience Called ticketcity and spoke to Brian. Very helpful, found me great seats for a great price. My husband and I really enjoyed ourselves! January 26, 2012
TicketCity saved my vacation So we flew down from the cold New England weather to see our son in school at U Miami. We invited him and some friends to a Miami Heat tickets but left the tickets at home! The folks at TicketCity saved the day. They were able to find my reservation and email the tickets so I could print them out. The game was fun, a close one against Sacramento. The pregame pyrotechnics were entertaining and the atmosphere was dynamic and entertaining. Only down side was the mess getting out of the stadium and parking in the area, but it was still a fun night! February 26, 2012