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Opened: December 31, 1999
Capacity: 19,600 seats
Mascot: Burnie
Dance Team: Heat Dancers
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Draft Beer: $
Hot Dog: $
American Airlines
rena Address
601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida 33132
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NBA Basketball Arena Review - American Airlines Arena
American Airlines in Miami, FL certainly got a boost when Lebron James “decided to take his talents to South Beach,” but the Miami Heat has been doing well for years. American Airlines Arena first opened in 1999 and has a capacity in excess of 19 thousand. Since its opening, this arena has been home to some of the biggest stars—literally—in the NBA. The Heat and American Airlines Arena fit the over the top, glitz of Miami to a tee.

American Airlines is located right on Biscayne Bay. If you see a Cruise Ship, you are close. You can get to the arena via the MacArthur Causeway, the 395 or the 95. Parking in Miami is not cheap—especially when the Heat is doing well, but there are plenty of surface lots around the arena itself. The Miami Metrorail also has a station right across the street from the arena.

Fans can enter the arena one hour prior to tipoff. It might be a good idea to wait a little bit before you try to make it in. The Heat Brass Band is normally there to entertain the waiting fans. The Heat is riding high now, and the fans are turning out in droves. This has driven prices in the primary and the secondary market up.

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The interior of the arena is striking. This is in part due to the Heat’s color scheme of black, red, orange and gold. This makes the concourse rather dark, but it is wide and allows the crowd to move easily through the interior. Restrooms are adequate and easy to find.

Inside the arena, the food options are as varied as the city that surrounds the arena. Besides the standard stadium fare, there is Cuban, Spanish, and Haitian cuisine available. A quick turn of the concourse will expose you to a variety of exotic and tasty food options.

When you enter into the bowl of the arena, you will definitely see the team’s nickname reflected in the layout of the arena. The Heat’s primary colors of black, orange, red, and gold are everywhere. The center court scoreboard is functional and a work of art. Like many modern arenas, AAA has a 4-sided video scored board with an 8-sided dot matrix board, but where the arena differs is in the sculptured sun hanging from the scoreboard that radiates light and special effects during the game.

Miami is a fair-weather type of city. They support their teams when they are doing well and stop showing up when they are doing poorly. Right now, the Heat is at the top of their game. The in-game experience is superb as long as the Heat continue to win. The crowd is into the game, and they cheer and boo at all the right moments. The dance team does a good job of entertaining the crowd during stoppages in play.

If you and your friends want to sit down for a meal before you enter the arena, there are plenty of places from which to choose. For the less adventurous, there are several chain restaurants within a short walk of the arena such as Hooters, the Hard Rock Café, Hooters and Chili’s. If local fare is your choice, you should try Largo Seafood & Grill, Los Ranchos, or the Tradewinds Bar & Grill.

After the game, if you want to keep the party going, you can just cross the street over to the dock of Biscayne Bay. There are plenty of late-night bars right outside of the arena. Miami is a party city. By just heading downtown, you will find plenty of nightclubs, rooftop bars, and local eateries to choose from.

If you arrive early or want to stay a few days after the game, there are many ways to fill your leisure hours. Miami is home to several casinos, and if you want to try your luck, you will have no problem finding a place to roll the dice. If you are a poker player, the Hard Rock Casino offers especially nice tables. Many people enjoy renting a boat and taking it out into Biscayne Bay. You can relive the Miami Vice moments of your childhood as you open your twin prop up in the bay. If you do not feel like taking a boat out yourself, several charter boat companies are more than happy to take you and your friends out deep-sea fishing.

The Miami Heat is on a bit of a winning streak these days, and tickets are in high demand. However, visiting the city of Miami is always a great option. Warm temperatures, beautiful beaches, and great food make this city one of America’s top tourist destinations. If you are on your own quest to see as many NBA venues as possible, Miami should be at the top of your list

City of Miami Local Information  
Top Tourist Attractions:
South Beach (Beaches during the day, Clubs at night)
Everglades Tour on an Airboat
Key West

Local Foods:
Cuban cuisine, Alligator meat, Frog legs

Popular Bar Districts:
South Beach (Purdy Lounge, BED, Cameo, Jazid, Dream, Fat Tuesday, 
     Mango's Tropical Cafe)
Downtown (Space, PS 14, White Room, Parkwest Nightclub, Nocturnal)

Fort Lauderdale

Best Restaurants:
Perricone's Marketplace (Italian)
Capital Grille (Steakhouse)
Azul (romantic)
Fan Resources:
Pocket Map of Miami
Arena Fan Policies
Arena Parking Map

Local Sports Media:
The Sun-Sentinel
The Miami Herald

Where To Stay:
If you're visiting from out of town, you want to get a hotel in South Beach. We suggest the Harbor Inn, the Caribbean Court or the Holiday Inn Vero Beach.  The Miami Beach Mondrian and Gansevoort South are other great options for bar hoppers and clubbers.  

Getting to the Arena:
American Airlines Arena is located downtown, right next to the MacArthur Causeway which leads into the southern tip of South Beach.  You're best bet is to drive to the arena and find parking in the many lots and parking decks surrounding the area.

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