Miami Heat’s transition to mobile only entry starts with Sunday’s preseason opener at AmericanAirlines Arena

BOCA RATON – The Heat will start their transition to mobile only entry for fans during the 2017-2018 season with Sunday’s preseason opener at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami faces the Atlanta Hawks at 6 p.m.

The Heat are the first franchise in the NBA to completely transition fans to entry via smartphones. Through mobile only entry, ticket security for fans is enhanced because they can no longer be lost, replicated or stolen.

Head coach Erik Spoelstra at Miami Heat training camp at FAU in Boca Raton. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

“Mobile ticketing provides fans with guaranteed ticket authenticity, easy access to the arena using the phone in their pocket and the easiest way to transfer to a friend or resell online,” said Heat vice president of digital strategy and innovation, Matthew Jafarian.

The announcement of mobile ticketing comes on the heels of the release of the new revamped Heat app. Chief among the app’s features, fans can purchase food and beverage at concession stands, premium dining and retail merchandise through a mobile wallet developed by PayPal and sponsored by American Express.

The app also allows you to transfer your tickets to others, or post your tickets online for resale.

For a helpful, comprehensive guide on how to use the Heat app, click here.

The Heat also are providing free Wi-Fi at AmericanAirlines Arena for all games and concerts.

The Heat conclude training camp Saturday with a scrimmage at Florida Atlantic University. The scrimmage is sold out and all proceeds from the day are going to Miami Cancer Institute.

With the season starting in less than three weeks, individual games tickets and a variety of ticket plans are on sale. Coach Erik Spoelstra’s team begins its 41-game home schedule Oct. 21 against Indiana.

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