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HEAT Announce 2010 Preseason Schedule

Aug 24 2010 12:34PM

MIAMI, August 12– The Miami HEAT announced their 2010 preseason schedule today, highlighted by an October 12th match-up against Euroleague powerhouse CSKA Moscow at AmericanAirlines Arena. The preseason will open on Tuesday, October 5, when they host the Detroit Pistons at AmericanAirlines Arena and will conclude on October 22 when the HEAT hosts the Orlando Magic in Tampa, FL.

The eight-game line-up includes three contests at AmericanAirlines Arena, which will take place on Tuesday, October 5, at 7:30PM against the Pistons, on Tuesday, October 12 against CSKA Moscow at 7:30PM and on Monday, October 18 against the Charlotte Bobcats at 7:30PM. The HEAT will also travel to Kansas City, MO to host the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Sprint Center on Friday, October 8 in addition to their home game against the Magic in the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, FL.

This season marks the first time the HEAT will host an international exhibition game at AmericanAirlines Arena, when they face CSKA Moscow; winners of two of the last five Euroleague Championships (2006, 2008). They have also appeared in the last eight Euroleague Final Fours, making four Finals appearances during that span (2006-09). They are headlined by former Euroleague MVP Ramūnas Šiškauskas and feature a number of Americans and former NBA players, including Trajan Langdon, JR Holden, Jamont Gordon, Viktor Khryapa and Sasha Kaun, who was a teammate of HEAT guard Mario Chalmers on the 2008 National Champions Kansas Jayhawks.

“Given the unbelievable local, national and international attention our off-season roster moves have garnered, the 2010-11 HEAT pre-season has become the most anticipated we have ever had. As the opportunity emerged to add a game against a perennial Euroleague power like CSKA Moscow that could give HEAT fans here in Miami another early opportunity to see the team come together and at the same time provide the organization with the chance to play on the international stage, we simply had to jump at it,” said Eric Woolworth, President of The HEAT Group’s Business Operations. “We recognize that the blockbuster moves made during the Summer of 2010 have reshaped our roster and our brand in a dramatic way, and we intend on delivering all the excitement of the HEAT experience to HEAT fans from around the world.”

The CSKA Moscow international exhibition game is an additional game and it is not included as part of HEAT Season Ticket Holders’ 43-game season ticket package (two pre-season and 41 regular season home games).

However, HEAT Season Ticket Holders will have the “first right of refusal” to purchase their seats at their existing season ticket holder price for a limited time, beginning on Friday, August 13 at 10:00 AM and ending on Sunday, August 22 at 11:00 PM. Season Ticket Holders will be contacted via email on August 13 with detailed instructions on how to purchase their seats. They can also contact the Season Ticket Services Department at 786-777-1400 for assistance. If they choose not to purchase any tickets, their seats will automatically be released back into the pool of available inventory.

Existing members of the HEAT Hopefuls Waiting List will be offered a pre-sale opportunity, with detailed instructions provided via email, beginning on Monday, August 23 at 12:00 PM and ending on Tuesday, August 24 at 8:00 PM. To become a member of the HEAT Hopefuls Waiting List, fans can log onto HEAT.com. The general public will then have the opportunity to purchase tickets to the CSKA Moscow international exhibition game beginning on Wednesday, August 25 at 10:00AM by logging onto Ticketmaster.com, visiting any Ticketmaster location or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX. Hundreds of $10 tickets located in Uptown’s 400 Level will be available for the international exhibition game.

Individual tickets to the other two preseason contests being played at AmericanAirlines Arena will go on sale in late August.

Tickets to the Kansas City game have sold out, but tickets to the home game in Tampa are still available at the St. Pete Times Forum Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com and by phone (800-745-3000). All-inclusive tickets for the Tampa game, including food and drinks, are available by calling 813-301-6900.

Six of the HEAT’s eight preseason games will be televised. Sun Sports, who will broadcast all games in high definition, will carry the contests on October 5th, 8th, 13th and 18th. They will also air a special half hour edition of the HEAT Live pregame show prior to the October 5th game. TNT will carry the HEAT’s October 21st game, and ESPN will air the contest on October 22nd. In addition, all preseason games can be heard on WINZ 940AM, while the games on October 5th, 12th and 18th can be heard on WQBA 1140AM in Spanish.

The preseason schedule is as follows:

DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
October 5 Detroit at Miami American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL 7:30 PM
October 8 Oklahoma City vs. Miami Sprint Center, Kansas City, MO 8:30PM
October 9 Miami at San Antonio AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX 8:30PM
October 12 CSKA Moscow at Miami American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL 7:30PM
October 13 Miami at New Orleans New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA 8:00PM
October 18 Charlotte at Miami American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL 7:30PM
October 21 Miami at Atlanta Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA 8:00PM
October 22 Orlando vs. Miami St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL 7:30PM

NOTE: ALL TIMES EASTERN

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