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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?

Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: October 28, 2010 7:25 pm

Miami Heat haven't sold out home opener yet

Yeah as much as there's a lot of anticipation building for this game, it won't fully sellout because upper bowl tickets are selling for as much as $300 on Stubhub and Ticketexchange. On Ticketmaster, all upper bowl seats are going for $180 , which is also pretty expensive. The rich people just don't want to bother with sitting up in the 400 section and the others don't want to pay and would rather watch it on TV. It's a shame, but it's just about 500 or so tickets that haven't been sold so far. The lower bowl is sold-out, as well as the 300 section.

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