We’re Miami and we know we’re hot. How hot? Well, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Take your ultimate basketball fantasy and turn up the Heat. Hello D-Wade, Bosh and LeBron – we are on our way.
Miami Heat basketball is a great seat from anywhere in the house, but there are some very special plans for you if you’re ready to up the ante. Let White Glove International, the official concierge of the Miami Heat, handle all of the details. They can organize for everything from preferred game tickets to hard-to-find tables at restaurants and clubs, hotel reservations, and luxury auto and limo arrangements. If you’re the type who would rather take matters into your own hands, however, here’s the rundown on what to look for to build an over-the-top game experience.
American Airlines Arena has some very attractive options for the single seat, but nothing beats center court rows 1-10. The Flagship and Floor seating choices are right there with the action in your face. Flagship ticketholders enjoy all the benefits of VIP parking, chef’s table dining at the center court Flagship lounges, the Dewar’s Clubhouse and the Grey Goose Lounge, as well as in-seat food and beverage service. Rimming the boards with prime seating, F&F is where you’ll find everyone from Flo Rida and Bill Clinton to Rick Ross and Will Smith. Also, Serena Williams, Gloria Estefan, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Buffett, David Beckham, Beyoncé, P Diddy, Larry Bird, Serena Williams, Rihanna and A-Rod… and the list goes on. Indeed, the stars do come out for a seat at the Heat. If you’d rather stay out of the spotlight, or simply want something a little less interactive, fabulous premium seating in the Dewar’s Club suite level and club seat ticket areas are a good option. Both areas can access the Dewar’s Clubhouse, which sports two extensive bars with great views of the court. For something even a little more exclusive, book a seat in the Hyde Suite.
With seating for just 32 guests, available for either single-seat purchase or group buyout, the Hyde is a nice touch if you want to impress or pamper. Server, bartender xand snakeskin-wrapped, Hyde-branded seats are a part of the package. If you’re in Hyde, you’ll also be able to wander down to the posh Hyde American Airlines Arena nightclub. Specialties include exquisite tableside bottle service, spectacular sushi and seafood dining, as well as some of the most celebrated company in town. Center Court Suites are a perfect plan if you’ve brought along a few other folks who would like to join the party. Each suite, seating 12 to 16 guests, comes with perks of VIP parking, elegant table service, wet bar, teak deck, dedicated butler, two large plasma screens, PlayStation 3, Bluetooth keyboard, Internet access, DVD, Blu-ray and a huge Sub-Zero fridge.
Loge Suites, the penthouses of box seating, sit high above the court – perfect for between 4 and 12 people. Loge seating comes with food and beverage service, a mini fridge and premium parking. These suites also have private elevator access and offer some of the most intimate settings and most comfortable seats in the arena.
If you’re not particularly picky about your game seats, choose one of the middle sections for under three figures, and spend the savings on an exquisite dinner at one of Miami’s iconic tables. Just toss a dart on Collins Avenue to find something grand. Choose from 1500°, The Dutch, J & G Grille, Makoto or just stroll along Collins and choose on a whim. On this street it is hard to go wrong. Same goes for Ocean Drive in South Beach with great spots like BLT Steak at The Betsy, Prime One Twelve or De Rodriguez Cuba. Or, go with an icon. Pleasing generations of diners, Joe’s Stone Crab, Michael’s Genuine and Ortanique are names with history as well as a long list of satisfied customers.
For deals that bring luxury down to earth, consider booking your stay at one of the Miami hotels near the arena, like the Epic Miami Kimpton. They have offered deals for Heat fans in the past. The rooftop pool, jaw-dropping views and exquisite décor are complimentary. The Marriott Marquis Miami offers a pampering package on top of their luxurious pillows for the night, along with a pregame dinner at Daniel Boulud’s db restaurant and complimentary parking. One last note on getting a good deal: If you’re coming in from another basketball city, there are often ticket packages offered for their travel games, which should include the game you’re hoping to see in Miami. Check the options from that end as well. Since Miami is such a hot ticket these days, cheap prime seats are scarce. Things happen, however, and plans change. If the stars are aligned, you might find an online auction just waiting for your appreciative bid.