Here are some things to know for attending games and following the Heat this season:
Only season-ticket holders with parking passes can use the arena parking lot. Several lots surround the arena, but rates vary depending on opponent and get less expensive the farther they are from the arena. Check out a map of lots and prices here: nba.com/heat/tickets/myheatseasontickets_downtown_map.html. Valet parking costs $ 50 a game and is available at the arena’s Gate 4 on Northeast Eighth Street. The Heat Bandwagon shuttles fans for $ 20 a game from Outdoor World at I-95 between Griffin and Stirling roads, 90 minutes before game time and starts the return trip within 15 minutes after the game’s conclusion. Find the Bandwagon link at heat.com.
Traffic is unpredictable and a full arena means security procedures for entering the building can take a while. Doors open one hour before game time. Fans can enter through Gates 1 and 2, as well as Gates 5 and 6 on the arena’s northeast and southeast sides. Gates 3 and 4 are entrances for premium and VIP guests as well as those with disabilities.
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Paperless tickets, or print them
Instead of receiving tickets ahead of the event, fans have two options. You can opt for paperless tickets with the credit card used to make the purchase serving as your ticket. Go directly to the gate, present the credit card used to purchase the tickets and government issued ID. Since all the seats are assigned to a single credit card, your entire party must enter the venue at the same time. The other option is Ticketfast, which is a print-at-home feature similar to printing your airline boarding pass. Both options are free.
Prices vary by seat, game, demand
The Heat sold out of its full-season ticket inventory for 2011-12, but is offering an All You Can Heat Partial Ticket Plan on Heat.com. Fans can select 10 games of their choice for seats in the Uptown’s 400 Level. Prices vary depending on the game, ranging from $ 25 to $ 150 (Lakers, Jan. 19) per game. There is a four-seat maximum per account. Individual-game tickets also vary depending on the opponent and demand for the game, and can change right up to game day.
To purchase tickets
Go to SunSentinel.com/heat or ticketmaster.com, or call 786-777-4328. Heat season-ticket holders also re-sell their tickets through Heat TicketExchange at Heat.com.
Papa John’s Family Meal Deal
The money-saving offer includes four 400 level tickets, four small fountain drinks, four Papa John’s Arena cheese pizzas and a coupon for a free large Papa John’s pizza at participating retail locations all for $ 150. Look for link at Heat.com.
Follow the Heat on Twitter @MiamiHEAT for updates on ticket giveaways and other Heat happenings as well as tidbits about the team. Similar information and offers can be found on the Heat’s Facebook page along with video interviews and photos of the players. Fans can sign up for Heat Alerts presented by T-Mobile to receive text messages with news, scores, and exclusive offers, including chances to win free tickets. To sign up, text HEATALERT to 55678.
There will be a giveaway of 20,000 player placards to tip off the season, as well a party on the East Plaza with performances and autograph sessions with the Heat Dancers, Burnie, the Xtreme Team, Golden Oldies and in-arena emcee, Dale. There will be a beer garden open to season-ticket holders with live music.
Vegetarian and fit fare
Levy Restaurants has added fit-friendly, nutritious offerings, as well as new vegetarian items. Options include: fruit and veggie cups, veggie burgers and gluten-free cart with snacks such as hot dogs, nachos and pretzel rings.