Details for Heat's celebration parade
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The Miami Heat Parade will take place Monday at 11 a.m., and some changes have been announced from the 2006 celebration parade.
Officials said rain or shine the parade will take place. The route will start at the corner of Southwest Eighth Street and Second Avenue. It will head east on Eighth Street, then north on Brickell Avenue across the bridge, and north on Biscayne Boulevard, into the AmericanAirlines Arena, via Northeast Eighth Street.
Officials said this route is different from that of 2006. It is a little bit longer and will give the public more time to see the players. It will also not loop around like it did last time. Miami Heat representatives said they are no longer doing that primarily because of safety concerns. Assistant City of Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban explained, "Anytime you have a large area of assembly, you have safety-related issues, so this is an effort to spread that crowd out, and keep it under control."
The players will also be in double-decker buses, officials said. "Instead of some flatbed trucks that we kind of made in 2006, that's another best practice we've learned," said Kim Stone, a spokesperson for the AAA.
There will also be a celebration for season ticket holders. "They will be sent an email link, and they just log on to get their tickets," said Stone. "It is something out season ticket holders are very used to because we've been doing pre-sales during play-offs."
Doors at the AAA will open for ticket season holders at 9 a.m. and close at 10:30 a.m. The season ticket holders will be able to watch the parade inside the arena. Then, at 12:30 p.m., the parade will end and there will be a private celebration inside the AAA.
Friday morning, a meeting was held inside the arena with city, county officials and representatives from the Miami Heat. "It's a longer route this year, so there's more space for people," said Stone. "We want to make sure that everyone has a good vantage point. We just ask people to be in position by 11 a.m., and really pay attention to the route. The route is really different from 2006. We're going point to point, we're not doing a loop: that's gone."
Upon conclusion of the parade, there will not be any viewing on the exterior media mesh of the event taking place inside the arena. Back in 2006, when the Heat beat the Dallas Mavericks, thousands of people stood outside the AAA and watched some of the events on the big screen, and there wasn't enough room for everyone to see.
The Miami Heat will foot the entire bill for the parade.
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