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.
2015 Heat Season Preview
The Miami Heat finished the 2013 NBA season in bittersweet fashion. The 2-time defending champion Heat won the Eastern Conference finals for a 4th straight season. But the Heat showed the fatigue of appearing in 4 straight NBA Finals and were quickly dismantled by a San Antonio Spurs team hitting on all cylinders. Following the season LeBron James announced that he would be leaving the Miami Heat, putting an end to the “big 3” era in South Beach.
Despite the loss of one of the best players in the history of the game, the Miami Heat are still one of the strongest contenders in the Eastern Conference in 2014. The Heat added veterans Luol Deng, Danny Granger, and Josh McRoberts who drastically improve the Heat’s depth. Miami also picked up Shabazz Napier in the draft who has the possibility to step in right away in the Heat’s backcourt. Look for Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh to take a much greater roll on the offensive side of the glass and for Wade to play increased minutes from last year. While they might not be a lock for the finals like the last 4 season, the Miami Heat have a chance to spread the load around to an improved all-around team in 2014.
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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.
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.
Though the Heat and Bulls have been fighting for Eastern Conference supremacy since the early '90s, the rivalry has just recently began to peak. Becoming a consistent match up in the playoffs, the Miami Chicago rivalry is often an extremely physical game leading to trash-talk and in multiple occasions an ejection or two.
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 2015-2016 Miami Heat schedule
The Heat 2015-2016 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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