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Miami Heat Playoff Tickets Up 4.6% Heading Into Game 2

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LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat (credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat (credit: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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(TiqIQ/CBS) – As LeBron James and the Miami Heat look to raise their third consecutive championship banner in American Airlines Arena, ticket prices for home games have gone up after Game 1’s win against the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Miami Heat schedule has the team back home for Game 2 and, if necessary, Games 5 and 7. Heat fans can expect to see prices rise for each home game, beginning with Game 2 Wednesday night. The average price of Miami Heat tickets for remaining home games in the first round against the Bobcats will be $275.56, a playoff premium up over 18% from the regular season average price of $233.43.

Miami entered the NBA playoffs as the only team with a lower Round 1 average than their regular season average, but that has slowly risen since Game 1’s win. On April 16, four days before their first game against Charlotte, the Round 1 average ticket price for home Miami Heat games was $229.72, marking a playoff premium of -1.59%. Since that time, however, the Big 3 have powered the Heat to a 1-0 series lead while also raising home ticket prices 4.6% for Game 2 at American Airlines Arena.

The rise in ticket prices shouldn’t discourage fans from heading to the Arena to watch the Heat pursue their fourth championship in franchise history. In fact, the get-in price has dropped below the cheapest face price for Game 2. The cheapest primary face value will be $71.90 while Heat fans can expect a $57 get-in price, a 20.72% dip under the face value. The Heat are one of just three teams that will see this trend for Game 2, as the Spurs and Pacers will also have get-in prices lower than the cheapest face price.

While the future is uncertain for Miami’s Big 3 after this season, they have every intention of bringing home the Larry O’Brien Trophy at least once more and establishing the first dynasty in franchise history. Kemba Walker and his Charlotte Bobcats are their first challenge on the 16 win road to the title. The Heat lead the series 1-0, but the Bobcats showed plenty of fight and proof that they can battle with the big boys in Game 1. LeBron and company will have their hands full as they hope to shut down Walker’s shot and Al Jefferson’s paint presence before moving on to the next round.

Miami’s ticket trends this series are unique, but fans will be able to find exceptionally priced tickets on the secondary market for Game 2. Head to American Airlines Arena to see the Heat take on the Bobcats in what will be another gritty matchup between the two Eastern Conference teams.

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