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Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Posted on: October 28, 2010 7:00 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:12 pm
 
The Miami Heat have reportedly not yet sold out their home opener against the Orlando Magic.
Posted by Ben Golliver
While the Miami Heat didn't have any problem drawing television viewers for their season opener in Boston against the Celtics -- 7.4 million people reportedly tuned in -- the same cannot be said for gate attendance in both Philadelphia Wednesday night and Miami on Friday night. Henry Abbott reported Wednesday night that he was able to walk into Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia and purchase tickets while the 76ers vs. Heat game was underway.  Abbott wrote that he had plenty of tickets to choose from.  And Brian Windhorst reports on Twitter Thursday that Miami Heat sources have indicated that "several hundred tickets [are] left for their home opener" against the Orlando Magic on Friday night.  While it's one thing to not sell tickets on the road in Philadelphia, a town that has endured a lot of bad basketball in recent years, it's quite another to not receive a King's welcome for the team's regular-season home opener, against a major division and conference rival and played at a marquee time (Friday night).  While the game will no doubt sell out by tip off tomorrow night, Thursday's report raises two questions. First, what does this say about NBA ticket prices if millions watch at home but 10,000s aren't piling in to see history first-hand? Second, if the online and television interest nationally is so much greater than the local interest, have we seriously underestimated the number of people who are tuning in solely to see James, Wade, Bosh and company fail?
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Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Dude, owners don't just profit off ticket sales, remember, they actually make much more on the beer/soa food, merchandise you buy once in the arena.  So, your example is flawed. Sorry



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2010 4:50 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

The CAVS sold out their home opener - without LaQuit , without LaBum!!



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2010 4:38 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

NO SELL OUT???   HA HA HA  Miami - what a bunch of snow birds.  Fair weather? doesn't even come close!!



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 4:02 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Wow, this is all news to me. I thought that all opposing teams had foreited their games to the Heat and they didn't have to play until the playoffs. Learn something new every day!



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:54 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

I live in South Florida. Here's a good reason this game isnt a sell out yet. The handfull of tickets available include nosebleed tickets that used to sell for $30 are now going for $180 per ticket for tonights game! These are prices the Heat box office is charging not scalpers off the street. Season tickets have been completely sold out since LeBron signed.....


Not sure where you go for tickets, but I went online and can get 6 seats together for $68 each...just saying...



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:47 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Miami doesn't support anything.  The last 2 times I went to Bills game in Miami there were more Bills fans there then Dolphin fans.....and we're terrible!!!!  The Florida Marlins draw crowds comparable to AAA and now the Heat?  Why do cities like this even get sports teams?  Blame it all you want on ticket prices, and claim season tickets have been sold out....it's the fans fault



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:34 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Stan Van Gundy IS a better coach than Pat Riley. Van Gundy is better you moron. Pat Riley thinks it's 1965.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:53 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

I live in South Florida. Here's a good reason this game isnt a sell out yet. The handfull of tickets available include nosebleed tickets that used to sell for $30 are now going for $180 per ticket for tonights game! These are prices the Heat box office is charging not scalpers off the street. Season tickets have been completely sold out since LeBron signed.....



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:31 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

WTF! Whats that got to do with not selling out?



Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2010 2:02 pm
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Yeah, as an owner who wants to profit, and for example I have an arena that can fit 100 people, I would rather have it not sold out and have 75 people pay $30 than have 100 people sell the arena out paying $20 dollars instead. (just as a sidenote, 7x30=2250 and 100x20=2000)


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