You’re feeling like a true ticket expert after getting guaranteed savings on Heat Tickets from ScoreBig. Now it’s time to become an expert at getting to the game – and in Miami, there are tons of secret parking and transportation tips to make your trip to the American Airlines Center as painless as possible. Miami is one of the busiest cities in the country, and we’ll do our best to make sure that you get there in the most efficient way possible. Let’s take a look at all of your options…
Driving to the game is not necessarily recommended. Getting into town is quite easy once you get off the highway. However, getting back home after the game has been described by most fans as being a “nightmare”. The close proximity of major events happening in Miami is the main catalyst for this, but just as it is in every major city in America, you’re probably better off taking public transportation.
If you decide to drive into the game, here are the places where you can find parking lots around the American Airlines Arena:
(closest to furthest)
- Biscayne Boulevard – NE 8th St., NE 3rd St., NE 1st St.
- NE 2nd Avenue – NE 6th – 10th Streets, NE 1st & 2nd St.
- NE 1st Avenue – NE 9th St., NE 5th – 7th Streets, NE 2nd St.
- North Miami – NE 1st St.
- NW 1st Avenue – NE 6th St. & NE 3rd – 4th Streets
Many fans prefer driving to the nearest Metro stop and riding straight into downtown because of the craziness around the arena.
The MetroRail trains run from 5:00 AM to midnight, seven days a week. Trains arrive fairly frequently and are usually extended until 1:00 AM after special events at the American Airlines Arena.
- Every 7-8 minutes during the weekday rush hours
- Every 15 minutes midday
- Every 30 minutes from 7:30 PM to midnight
- Every 30 minutes on weekends
The MetroMover is great because everyone rides for free. These trains run from 5:00 AM to midnight, seven days a week, with extensions depending on special events. There are three routes that pass by the American Airlines Arena:
- Route 3
- Route 16
- Route 246 NightOwl
The best areas to cross over from Biscayne Boulevard are at:
- NE 5th Street
- NE 6th Street
- NE 8th Street
All of those intersections are controlled by traffic signals and police supervision during all events.
DROP OFF LOCATIONS
Bus Drop Off:
- Biscayne Boulevard, between NE 8th Street and Port Boulevard on the west side of the arena
- NE 7th Street, netween NE 1st Avenue and Biscayne Boulevard
Disabled Drop Off:
- Primary Location: Gate 3 on NE 8th Street on the north side of the arena, next to the box office windows. Elevators 1 and 2 located inside Gate 3 will take visitors to all seating levels. Every arena entrance is accessible to disabled guests.
- Secondary Location: Gate 4 on NE 8th Street on the north side of the arena, next to the arena valet parking services. Elevators 3 and 4 located inside Gate 4 will take visitors to all seating levels.
BEST GATES TO ENTER FOR EASIER ACCESS TO YOUR SEATS
- Gate 1: Sections 119-124
- Gate 2: Sections 101-106
- Gate 3: Premium and Disabled guests only
- Gate 4: For VIP and Disabled guests only
- Gate 5: Sections 107-112
- Gate 6: Sections 113-118
Feature image credit: Manuel Tennert