Miami Heat

This Was The Old Miami Arena - Before & After

Miami Arena

Built in 1988 for $52 million, Miami Arena was the home for the NBA Miami Heat and NHL Florida Panthers. It was located in Downtown Miami at 700 North Miami Avenue. 

After only 10 years, the arena became outdated and had a low seating capacity. The American Airlines Arena was built a few blocks away and became the new home for the Miami Heat. The Florida Panthers left in 1998 and moved to Broward County in the BB&T Center.

When both the Heat and Panthers left the Miami Arena, the building was used by semi-pro hockey teams and arena football. By 2004, the arena sat mostly empty and was finally demolished in 2008.

The land was sold for $35 million in 2012 to MDM Development Group where plans are underway to build a hotel and convention center on the site.

This Is What The American Airlines Arena Looked Like Under Construction

Designed by Miami architect firm Arquitectonica, the American Airlines Arena was built next to Biscayne Bay and Biscayne Boulevard to serve as the home arena for the Miami Heat.

Construction began in 1998 at a cost of $213,000,000. However, there was a hiccup in the construction process when the arena caught fire causing helicopters to dump water to prevent further spreading.

Despite the fire, the arena opened on time in December of 1999 and has been the home to three NBA championships.

Pre-Construction Lot - Photo Credit: Smith Photos

Construction Halfway Done - Photo Credit: Smith Photos

The American Airlines Arena Today

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American Airlines Arena Catching Fire During Construction - Photo Credit: Scott B. Smith

American Airlines Arena Catching Fire During Construction - Photo Credit: Scott B. Smith

2013 Miami Heat Championship Parade Photos

2013 Miami Heat Parade

2013 Miami Heat Parade

Tonight at 9:00pm the Miami Heat play the San Antonio Spurs in a rematch of the 2013 NBA Finals. 

Last year they went to a game 7 where the Miami Heat pulled off the victory for their second title in a row.

If they beat the Spurs again this year, they will be the first team since the 2000-02 Los Angeles Lakers to three-peat. 

The Heat are also the first team since the 1984-87 Boston Celtics to make four finals in a row.

Here's hoping the Miami Heat can bring another NBA championship to Miami and have another parade through the streets of Downtown.

Below are photos of the 2013 parade.