MIAMI HEAT FRANCHISE FACTS:
Location: Miami, Florida
Stadium: American Airlines Arena
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: Southeast Division
Rivals: New York Knicks
Dancers: Heat Dancers
Notable Players: Dwyane Wade; LeBron James, Chris Bosh
Miami Heat Championship Titles: 2
Miami Heat Conference Titles: 3
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MIAMI HEAT EXPERIENCE:
The Miami Heat joined the NBA in 1988 as one of three expansion teams along with the Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic. While Miami was home to a professional team called the Floridians during the ABA days, this was the first time that NBA basketball had come to the Sunshine State. Like most expansion teams, the Heat struggled during their first few years, but started to build a solid foundation through the draft by picking up Michigan standout Glen Rice and Syracuse stars Sherman Douglas and Rony Seikaly. During the 1991-92 season, the Heat snuck into the playoffs with a 38-44 record, but fell victim to the Chicago Bulls, who were in the midst of the beginning of their dynasty.
The 1993-94 season was the first winning record that the Heat posted in their history with a 42-40 record. After taking an early 2-1 lead on the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs, the Heat fell in five games. The 1994-95 season would prove pivotal for the squad, as they stumbled to 32-50 and began a major overhaul of the roster.
The Heat's master stroke that changed their future was the signing of Coach Pat Riley from the New York Knicks before the 1995-96 season. Riley set about building a contender from scratch and signed center Alonzo Mourning, who gave Miami an instant presence in the paint. The team made a series of trades at the deadline during the middle of the season and acquired Tim Hardaway, Chris Gatling, Walt Williams, Tyrone Corbin and Tony Smith. The look of the squad soon changed significantly and they wound up being one of the biggest surprises in the league that year. However, the Heat were on the wrong side of history, as they soon faced the juggernaut Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs and were swept handily in three games.
The Heat made consistent appearances in the playoffs during the late '90s and early 2000s, but it wasn't until 2006 that the team made it over the hump. Behind the superb play of Dwayne Wade and Shaquille O'Neal, the Heat won their one and only championship against the Dallas Mavericks in six games. With the signing of LeBron James and Chris Bosh before the 2010-11 season, the Heat are poised to return to the NBA Finals and will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.
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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