MIAMI — Want an early glimpse of this season’s Heat team? Come to Palm Beach County.
As the Palm Beach Post and several other media outlets reported earlier this week, the Heat announced Wednesday that they will hold this year’s training camp at Florida Atlantic University’s campus in Boca Raton from Tuesday, Sept. 26 through Saturday, Sept. 30. Practices will be held at FAU Arena, which is where the school’s basketball and volleyball teams play.
The Heat will go through two-a-day practice sessions Tuesday through Friday, which will be closed to the public. But the Heat will allow the public to attend their morning scrimmage Saturday, Sept. 30 at 11 a.m. at FAU Arena, with further details to be announced soon.
Following Saturday’s scrimmage, the Heat will return to Miami as they open their six-game preseason schedule with a home game against the Hawks on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Heat have a history with FAU, holding their first training camp on the campus before Pat Riley arrived in the 1990s and then another in Riley’s early years with the team. The last time Miami trained at FAU was in 2015.
The Heat have held training camp in several spots besides Miami, including the Atlantic Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas last year, its second camp in the Bahamas in four years. In 2010, Miami opened the Big Three Era at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach as LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade started getting to know each other.
Miami has also held training camps in the past at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College.
Prior to the start of camp, the Heat will hold media day on Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena before traveling to Boca Raton.
The Heat currently have 19 players on their preseason roster with the signing of undrafted forward Erik McCree on Monday. Miami opens the regular season on Oct. 18 against the Magic in Orlando.