HEAT Announces Opening Night Activities

MIAMI, October 29 – The 2006 NBA Champion Miami HEAT today announced the line-up of activities surrounding their 2006-07 Opening Night game against the Chicago Bulls. The highlight of the evening is the distribution of the “trophy rings” to the players and the raising of the 2006 NBA Champion banner.

Colors: Team – Red/Fans - White Hot
To start this season the way they ended last season, the HEAT will wear their road red uniforms during this game; the same uniforms worn during the Game 6 victory over Dallas (Chicago will wear their home white uniforms). HEAT fans are asked to come to the game dressed in their “White Hot” gear as they did during last season’s playoff run. Additionally, fans are encouraged to arrive early to the AmericanAirlines Arena to avoid traffic delays and to be in their seats for the championship celebration festivities. Suggested arrival time is 7:30 p.m.

Championship Ring/Banner Ceremony Timing
Working together with the NBA and Turner Sports (TNT), the HEAT has established the following timing sequence for the Championship Ring/Banner ceremony:

6:30 p.m.

Doors to AmericanAirlines Arena open

7:27 p.m.

Start of 20 minute warm-up period/countdown clock

7:30 p.m.

Final segment of “Inside the HEAT: White Hot” airs on HEATV

7:47 p.m.

End of 20 minute warm-up period

7:47:30 p.m.

National Anthem performed by “R-Styl”

7:49 p.m.

Introduction of the Chicago Bulls Starting Lineup and Head Coach

7:49:30 p.m.

Introduction of the Miami HEAT Starting Lineup and Head Coach

7:51:30 p.m.

HEAT Announcers Jose Paneda and Eric Reid Welcome Fans

7:53 p.m.

Introduction and comments from NBA Commissioner David Stern

7:55 p.m.

Presentation of Rings to Basketball Operations staff

7:58 p.m.

HEAT Playoff Recap Video

8:00 p.m.

Presentation of Rings to Miami HEAT players

8:10 p.m.

Championship Banner raising /exterior fireworks display

8:11 p.m.

Start of ancillary player warm-up period

8:11 p.m.

HEAT Player address

8:16 p.m.

Tip-off of 2006-07 HEAT season

Media Ring Viewing Opportunity
At approximately 6:45 p.m., all credentialed media will have the opportunity to view the championship rings that will be distributed to the players. The ring viewing area will be located in the Media Interview Room following Pat Riley’s pre-game press conference (time and location subject to change). Please note: NO images, pictures or descriptions of the championship rings are permitted to be aired, transmitted, posted or otherwise displayed until after the completion of the ring ceremony.

Jostens Fan Collection Merchandise
The HEAT has partnered with Jostens, the most famous maker of championship rings and related merchandise, to create the Miami HEAT Championship Fan Collection line of merchandise products. The Fan Collection will be available exclusively at all Miami Hoops Gear locations, including the flagship location at AmericanAirlines Arena, our retail outlets at Dolphin Mall, Dadeland Mall and Sawgrass Mill, plus online at www.miamihoopsgear.com.

Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Player Trophy Ring Raffle
The Miami HEAT will be offering fans to win an authentic HEAT player trophy ring, the same ring given to the Miami HEAT players, via the Miami HEAT Charitable Fund Player Trophy Ring Raffle. The minimum suggested donation for each ticket is $10 and a “15 Strong” booklet of 15 tickets will be available for $125. One authentic player trophy ring will be awarded on December 25. Tickets are available until December 23. Additionally, one winner will be chosen each home game night leading up to the grand prize. These nightly winners will receive a team autographed basketball. Tickets may be purchased at all Miami Hoops Gear locations: AmericanAirlines Arena, Dolphin Mall, Dadeland Mall and Sawgrass Mills. Please note: The raffle tickets will NOT be sold online at www.miamihoopsgear.com or HEAT.com.

“Uptown” Seating Debut
“Uptown” is the new name for the 300/400 Level seating areas. “Uptown” features physical improvements for the upcoming season, including new upholstery on all 300 Level seating and dedicated entertainment activities. ”Uptown” also features the lively artistic graphics created by local South Florida artist Lebo (David LeBatard). Future improvements slated for “Uptown” include renovated bars and lounge areas with interactive entertainment elements. “Uptown” represents the “height” of HEAT style and energy and is a testament to the youthful and lively fans who reside in “Uptown”.

Promotional Giveaway/Activity Schedule
The HEAT will distribute the following giveaway items and/or stage promotional activities on the following dates.

DATE

OPPONENT

GIVEAWAY

SPONSOR

QTY

10/31/06

Chicago

White T-Shirt

Carnival Cruise Lines

20,000

11/3/06

New Jersey

Schedule Magnet

Café Pilon

20,000

11/7/06

Seattle

Replica Trophy

Sun Sports/Comcast

20,000

11/17/06

New York

Team Calendar

Total Health Choice

20,000

12/16/06

Memphis

HEAT Dancer Poster

Beverly 's Jewelers

20,000

12/16/06

Memphis

Winter Wonderland

 

12/18/06

NO/OKC

Winter Wonderland

 

 

12/23/06

Golden State

Winter Wonderland

 

 

12/25/06

LA Lakers

Winter Wonderland

 

 

12/25/06

LA Lakers

HEAT Flag

Motorola

20,000

1/21/07

Dallas

Team Poster

Brandsmart USA

20,000

2/25/07

Cleveland

Burnie's Birthday

 

 

2/25/07

Cleveland

Burnie Wig (Kids Only)

McArthur Dairy

5,000

3/2/07

Detroit

Visor

Verizon

20,000

3/18/07

Orlando

Mini-Ball (Kids Only)

Doctor's Hospital

5,000

4/16/07

Boston

Duffle Bag

Motorola

20,000


Please note: Items, quantities and dates are subject to change without notice.