Fans Invited to the Miami HEAT Draft Lottery Party Powered by Kia Motors

MIAMI, May 12 – The HEAT announced today that it will host its Miami HEAT Draft Lottery Party Powered By Kia Motors at the AmericanAirlines Arena on Tuesday, May 20 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Fans in attendance will watch the ESPN broadcast of the NBA Draft Lottery on HEATV in the arena’s Lower Bowl as the HEAT vie for the No. 1 pick. Miami, who can pick no lower than fourth, has the best odds of landing the top pick. Admission is free and free parking will be provided in the P2 parking garage while space is available.

HEAT players will make appearances throughout the event and participate in live interviews with HEAT Play-by-Play Announcer Eric Reid. Members of the HEAT Entertainment Team, including Burnie, Dale, the Xtreme Team and the three-time Most Popular Dance Team in the NBA, the Miami HEAT Dancers presented by Beverly’s Jewelers, will also be in attendance to provide entertainment and to interact with the crowd.

Fans who purchase 2008-09 HEAT Season Tickets between now and the Miami HEAT Draft Lottery Party Powered by Kia Motors will receive the HEAT Draft Lottery VIP Experience, which includes a HEAT player meet-and-greet, an autographed basketball, a photograph with a HEAT player, a tour through the HEAT Locker Room and Gatorade Championship Alley, as well as a chance to participate in a private reception at the Comcast Training Center to watch the NBA Draft Lottery broadcast. In addition, fans can also participate in the “Select-A-Seat” event, which will be taking place during the party.

Fans in attendance will receive a free commemorative lanyard, courtesy of Verizon Wireless, and a goody bag stuffed with gift cards and promotional items from Dunkin’ Donuts, 24 Hour Fitness, McDonald’s, Perry Ellis and Qdoba Mexican Grill. Fans can also take part in various on-court promotions and register to win Lower Bowl Season Tickets for the upcoming 2008-09 season as well as other activities.

To generate additional excitement about the Draft Lottery, the HEAT has teamed up with Dunkin’ Donuts for an exclusive promotion. Customers who purchase an iced coffee from May 12-20 at participating Miami-Dade and Broward County Dunkin’ Donuts locations will receive a special Miami HEAT coupon for a FREE Limited Edition 1988 Inaugural Season HEAT Draft Cap, which fans can redeem at the Miami HEAT Draft Lottery Party Powered by Kia Motors. Dunkin’ Donuts will also provide all fans in attendance with pre-loaded “lottery” gift cards, ranging from $1 up to $200. Dunkin’ Donuts will also give one lucky fan an opportunity to participate in a meet-and-greet event with the HEAT’s eventual draft pick. 

The HEAT will also be hosting a Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee giveaway on May 14 at the AmericanAirlines Arena from Noon – 4:00 p.m. Fans who come by the arena will receive a free 16 oz. iced coffee and a redeemable coupon for a 1988 Inaugural Season HEAT Draft Cap. Jason Jackson, HEAT Sideline Reporter and host of 560 WQAM Sports Radio’s “The Jax Show”, will broadcast live from the event from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The giveaway kicks off Dunkin’ Donuts’ second annual “Free Iced Coffee Day” celebration on May 15, which invites customers to stop by any participating Dunkin’ Donuts from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. to receive a free 16 oz. iced coffee.

The Miami HEAT now have great lower bowl seating available for the first time in years. Fans can also become a HEAT Season Ticket Holder for just $10 a game. Ticket information is available online at HEAT.com or by calling 786-777-HOOP.

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