When they hosted their first home game of the NBA preseason, the Miami Heat were able to show off recent changes to AmericanAirlines Arena.
Over the offseason, the Heat took a number of steps that should change the fan experience at the venue. The video displays and audio system have both been upgraded, and the team will also look to enhance new lighting that was installed at the arena prior to the 2016-17 NBA season. There were some other upgrades that should also affect the fan experience. Some sections of AmericanAirlines Arena have been equipped with new seating, while the 300 level now features a new Heat “Culture” store.
Leading up to the Heat’s first preseason game at AmericanAirlines Arena, Heat executive vice president Michael McCullough discussed the changes. More from The Sun-Sentinel:
“The big changes I think most fans are going to see is we’ve got the new LED system, the audio system is all brand new,” McCullough said. “We have new lighting that we had last year, but we should be a little bit better with it this year, so you can see a difference. So when we go to timeout, we should be able to dim the lights like you see in some of the other buildings.
“And there’s a new retail store up in the 300 level for our ‘Culture’ brand, which is doing incredible business, so we gave it its own store.”
The Heat played their first preseason game at AmericanAirlines Arena on Sunday. The team’s regular season home opener is scheduled for October 21.
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