American Airlines Arena Details

American Airlines Arena

Right on Biscayne Bay in sunny Miami, American Airlines Arena is home to the NBA's Miami Heat. Opened in 1999 as a replacement for the Miami Arena, American Airlines Arena can seat up to 19,146 and features Florida's largest theater, the Waterfront Theater. The Waterfront is a versatile space, used for everything from concerts and family shows to musical theater.

Sometimes referred to as the "triple-A" or "A3" the arena's first event was a concert with Gloria Estefan. Other concerts since have included Kanye West during his Saint Pablo Tour in 2016, Adele, Rihanna, Shakira -- who has performed at the American Airlines Arena more than five times now -- and U2. The arena hosts more than 80 non-basketball events each year and is used for a wide variety of cultural and city events, making it a well-integrated part of life in Miami.

Seated right in the middle of one of Miami's hottest districts, the American Airlines Arena is an exciting venue to visit with a lot to do around town nearby. From sizzling nightlife in nearby South Beach to great dining and lots of fun all over the Arts & Entertainment District. This vibrant character is reflected in American Airlines Arena's design and operation, which is perhaps best displayed by 601, an upscale event space for basketball pre-game parties, corporate meetings, and private events. The arena opened 601 to serve as a premier party destination, on par with Miami's big nightclubs.

Beyond elegant dining spaces, the venue features a colorful scoreboard created by local artist Christopher Janney. Called "Turn Up the Heat" by Janney, this unusual scoreboard looks something like a giant sea anemone and changes color along with the temperature in the arena. It can also be changed on command and helps give the arena an interactive, animated feel. On top of the arena, sits a giant American Airlines logo, which you can see from aircraft landing at Miami International Airport.

Where are the best places to sit at American Airlines Arena?

American Airlines Arena has four levels, numbered in the 100s, 200s, 300s, and 400s as well as a floor level that is sometimes available for concerts and similar events. The 200 level constituents of the loge and suites and is often restricted to premium seat ticket holders. There are standing room sections on the 400 level as well. Section 107 and 108 in the Dewar's Club area are right behind the Heat bench during basketball games and give you a thrilling view of the action.

American Airlines Arena Tips and Tricks

If you're coming by foot, it's advised to cross Biscayne Boulevard at NE 5th Street, NE 8th Street, or NE 6th Street. These intersections are monitored by traffic police and are safer for pedestrians than approaching the arena from another crossing.

American Airlines Arena Club Areas

The Dewar's Club encompasses most of the 100 level, offering courtside seating along with in-seat service and more for VIP Heat fans. Then there are the North and South American Airlines Flagship seats, also on the 100 level. Both give you access to the Grey Goose Lounge, the Flagship Lounge, and the Dewar's Clubhouse. Located on the Suite Level (200), Dewar's Clubhouse also offers Dewar's Rail seats and VIP booths for a more removed arena experience.