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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 6, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 8:12 am
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Miami always reserves a few hundred upperdeck and general admission standing room only tickets that only go on sale at 10am on the day of the game. So technically, Miami will never officially sell out a home game until gameday. A pretty silly and uninformed article to say the least.


If that is true the marketing director needs to be fired immediately! What department doesn't allow their stock to be sold out? That is the most ridiculous excuse I have ever seen written.

You are making this up Sealed




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 8:00 am
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

 "but 10,000s aren't piling in to see history first-hand?"

Um, what history are we talking about here?  Last I checked the Heat has two superstars, a few average players, a lot of no-names.  Oh, and they already lost @ Boston, reigning beast in the East.  And as others indicated, those last remaining seats are probably WAY overpriced.  Not the greatest of times to be sticking it to your fan base.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2010 7:27 am
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Yep. The rub is that the $10 seats in the 400 section that are left are being sold for $179. That is the ONLY reason this isn't a sellout.



Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 6:22 am
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Is it me or does the media columnist have something against the Heat.  Why does every article I read about them speaks of the team very negatively?  Why are the "media" attacking the heat?  These are rhetorical questions but do hey have a bis against a player (Lebron) for leaving Cleveland or is their a hidden agenda?  I do not even want to mention what I know it is but just think about.  Every article is attacking everything they do.  Then, once they influence the masses to hate the Heat and Lebron then they will run a poll.  It doesn't take a genus to see the rhetoric, propaganda and politics and how the media forms and shapes the ideas of America.  Something that has to be exposed and acknowledged. 



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 4:31 am
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

I thought the game was sold out before I read this. Went to go check seat availability and saw that the cheapest seat available for upper deck seating is $180 at least. That's why going is not an option. Way too expensive. No wonder why the game is not sold out yet.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 4:27 am
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

I thought the game was sold out before I read this. Went to go check seat availability and saw that the cheapest seat available for upper deck seating is $180 at least. That's why going is not an option. Way too expensive. No wonder why it's not sold out yet.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: October 29, 2010 4:24 am
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

I'm bUm, since that sounds like what you are, you didn't read the article. The Grizzlies and many teams do the same thing and they are usually the worst seats in the house and are cheap... well at least for most teams. Users here as well as the writer of the article actually went and looked and there are seats available, expensive ones, in the upper bowl, that are available, now, before 10 am of game day, you dingbat. Reading comprehension is your friend. Use it.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 4:23 am
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

I thought the game was sold out before I read this. Went to go check seat availability and saw that the cheapest seat available for upper deck seating is $180 at least. That's why going is not an option. Way too expensive.



Since: Nov 6, 2009
Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:29 am
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Actually,  Baseball is switching to this format now in Minnesota.  The Twins in their new stadium charge different prices based on opponent and demand for tickets, all defined before season starts.
a little torn on this as once the state legalized scalping, all the scalpers were snatching up tickets and placing them online at higher prices for good games,  looks like owners are trying to get there cut on this.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:13 am
 

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

::Shaking My Head::

I don't understand this one at all...  Are the ticket prices that outrageous?  I know there are enough Heat fans in Miami... Being from South Dakota, I can usually get $10 Timberwolves tickets whenever I feel like going to a game (and sitting in the nose bleed).  Are upper level seats really selling for $200 right now?

Crazy...  The Heat need a sell-out crowd.

It certainly is a fun NBA season!!  Go Celtics!


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