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Why is there a 35 on the Miami Heat court?

By Usha Shrestha / 15 June 2023 10:59 AM

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Why is there a 35 on the Miami Heat court? 35 on the Miami Heat court denotes the team's thirty-fifth anniversary of existence in the NBA.

1988 was their inaugural year. That makes the 2022-2023 season their 35th season in the National Basketball Association. In the season, they won the 1st place in the Southeast Division after defeating the Philadelphia 76ers.

Not just the number in the court, the franchise went back to its formation year to recreate its original jersey to remark their celebration. The classic edition jersey is a replica of their first home uniform.

The white jersey has "Heat" written across the front with bold red lettering. It looks like the team was going for back in the day. The Heat leads the competition when it comes to uniforms.

And this season, they astonished their fans by adopting a new way of celebrating their anniversary. Adding an anniversary logon"35" on the court is definitely their style.

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What Does The 35 Mean On The Heat Court?

The 35 on the Heat Court means the age of the NBA franchise. The Heat has participated in NBA seasons for thirty-five years.

The member of the Eastern Conference Southeast Division of the National Basketball Association was formed in 1988. They joined the league with Orlando Magic, Charlotte Hornets, and Minnesota Timberwolves as the 1987 expansion.

Miami Heat debuted in the 1988-89 season. To date, they have won the championship three times: 2006, 2012, and back-to-back in 2013. Furthermore, the team has won the conference titles seven times and division titles 16 times.

American basketball executive and former NBA player Patrick James Riley is the team's president. After he joined the team in the mid-1990s, the Heat significantly started performing well.

The chairman of Carnival Corporation, Mickey Arison, owns the team, while Andy Elisburg is the general manager. The Heat includes some of the finest basketball athletes like Adebayo Bam, Cain Jamal, Caleb Martin, Jimmy Butler, Max Strus, and others.

Where Do The Miami Heat Play Their Home Games?

The Miami Heat plays their home games at Kaseya Center. The center was inaugurated on December 31, 1999.

However, the franchise played at Miami Arena in the inception year. Starting from 1988, they used the stadium as their home until 1999.

At the same time, it served the NHL team Florida Panthers, the basketball team the University of Miami, and the football team Miami Hooters.

Formerly known as American Airlines Arena opened 23 years ago on December 31. It was constructed as the replacement for the Miami Arena, starting on February 6, 1998. It cost around $213 million.

Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan performed in the opening ceremony of the arena. On the other hand, the NBA franchise played its first game on January 2, 2000. They won the match against Orlando Magic with a 111-103.

On April 4, 2023, a Miami-based software company, Kaseya, bought the stadium's naming rights and adopted its name for the stadium as well.

The three-time NBA champions have played multiple seasons at the arena. Moreover, the franchise competed with the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 and 2011 finals.

The then-named American Airlines Arena hosted the matches with the American Airlines Center, Dallas.

Miami Heat Basketball Court

Miami Heat basketball court is 94 by 50 feet following the standard size of the NBA. It is slightly bigger than the FIBA courts measuring 91.9 by 49.2 feet.

The Heat rink hosted two out of five NBA Finals Games in 2023. Denver Nuggets and the Heat competed for the championship.

The Championship Finals started on June 1 and concluded on June 12. The Nuggets took the trophy home winning four out of five games over the Heat.

The Heat athlete attempting to score a basket at their home basketball court on May 3
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It was their first victory in the franchise's history after participating in 47 seasons in the league. On the other hand, Miami has won the title three times, including their last win in 2013.

The 2023 champions defeated Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Finals to enter the NBA finals, whereas the Heat reached the finals with a victory over Boston Celtics with a lead of 4-3.

Game 1 was organized at Ball Arena, where the Nuggets led the series 104-93. The Heat tied the match after game 2, scoring 111 against 108.

The third game was held in the home court of the Heat. However, Denver led with a score difference of 109-94. The losing team lost both games on their home court.

Miami Heat Kaseya Center Capacity

Miami Heat Kaseya Center capacity for basketball is 19,600 and 16,500 without upper levels. 14,447 people can enjoy hockey at once.

The multi-surfaced venue can be used for musical concerts for five thousand to twenty thousand audiences. Moreover, the venue comprises 939 parking spaces, 2105 club seats, 80 luxury suites, and 76 private boxes.

Florida's largest theater, The Waterfront Theater, is situated within the area. It can be used for family events, musical theatre, and concerts.

Not just the basketball games and musical events, the stadium is capable enough to host other sports events like Professional wrestling and mixed martial arts. WWE pay-per-view events have been held at the stadium four times.

Likewise, the arena has hosted numerous episodes of Raw and Smackdown. On February 1, 2020, the stadium was chosen for the annual awards function of the National Football League.

Some of the Notable Events Kesaya Centre Hosted Are:

  1. NBA Finals 2006, 2011 and 2023
  2. NCAA Division I college basketball showcase since 2015
  3. Latin Music Award, Premio Lo Muestro since 2001
  4. Latin Grammy Awards 2003 and 2020.
  5. Two sold-out concerts of Adele as part of Adlee Live 2016
  6. Maroon V Tour in September 2016
  7. Revival Tour 2016 by Selena Gomez and Anti World Tour by Rihanna 

Kaseya Center Seating Chart

Kaseya Center seating chart has 420 sections divided into 1 to 27 rows, each having 20 seats.

Four sections on the floor are added or removed depending on the seat requirement of the event.

Basketball spectators choose sections 106 and 118, the higher seat number, and 107 and 119, the lower seat numbers, to enjoy the Heat match to the fullest.

Seating Sections 101 to 106 can be reached easily from Gate 2, and Gate 5 is closest to seating sections 107 to 112.

Some other sections of the arena are Lounge and Floor Seats, Lounge Junior Seats, Heat and Visitr Benches, Standing Room, Suites Seating, 100 Level Baseline, Center and Corner Basket Seating, and others.

Fied, Fonseca, Ricardo Arjona, Sam Smith with Jessie Reyez are some of the upcoming events at the stadium.

Kaseya Center Location and Map

Kaseya Center location is 601 Biscayne Boulevard . It is situated 1.3 km north of Downtown Miami, Florida.

Kaseya Center map consists of floors, restaurants, theatres, and suites. Moreover, the seating map of the auditorium can be accessed via their official website.

One can reach the venue by subway, bus, railway, or walking. Getting there by public transportation is the easiest. Metrorail, Metromover, and Metrobus drop you just a few walk away from the entrance.

Those who prefer trains can catch the one from 5'o clock morning, seven days a week. Similarly, people arriving on a public bus can easily find Gate 3 on NE 8th Street at the Center's north side, next to the Kaseya Cenree box office windows.

Similarly, the arena is within walking distance from the Freedom Tower, a Metromover station in Downtown, Miami. Gate 6 at the corner of Bayshore Drive and Heat Blvd is open for the entrance of guests arriving via rideshare.

Miami Heat Mascot Burnie

Miami Heat mascot Burnie was in the headlines after he got hurt on June 10, 2023. Irish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor punched him twice.

McGregor appeared at the 2023 NBA Finals in Miami, Florida, to promote his pain relief spray. He punched the man wearing the costume twice, leading him to the hospital. Spectators booed him for his actions.

The Heat talisman posed holding his
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Burnie is a rough human-like fireball illustration, also featured in the team's logo. Regarding its costume, it is a full-body suit with orange fur complemented with orange feathers for hair. It has green basketball as a nose.

The amulet wears a number "0' or "00" uniform, mostly in black and sometimes white and red jerseys. The Heat Charm has been sued multiple times. The lawsuits were filed after he hurt the people while performing.

The talisman made his NBA debut in 1988 when the Heat joined the league. It has a salary of $60,000 per year. Besides him, the team also has a second amulet, a panther named "Burnie Jr.", revealed in 2014.