Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made it clear last year that he preferred a shorter preseason schedule because of the earlier start to the regular season.
“I feel like we’re moving toward the NFL,” Spoelstra said last year during training camp. “We had these [six preseason games] all under contract. We probably would have preferred five. But it was too late by the time the preseason shrunk. So we’ll adjust when we can, when the contracts expire.”
The Heat has adjusted, as it will play a five-game preseason schedule this year. It’s the fewest amount of preseason games since the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season.
The Heat opens the preseason on Oct. 8 against the Spurs at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The schedule includes home games against the Spurs, Hawks, and Rockets. The Heat’s road games are at Charlotte and Orlando.
Game tickets for the three games at AmericanAirlines Arena will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by logging on to Heat.com or Ticketmaster.com and also at the ticket center at AmericanAirlines Arena. Ticket prices start at $10, plus applicable fees.
All Heat home games are mobile-only entry. Heat fans may access their game tickets via the Miami Heat app, Ticketmaster.com and/or the Ticketmaster App in order to gain entry to AmericanAirlines Arena.
The broadcast schedule for the preseason will be released later. The Heat’s regular-season schedule is expected to be released in August.
The Heat’s 2019-20 preseason schedule:
Oct. 8 vs. San Antonio, AmericanAirlines Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 at Charlotte, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 14 vs. Atlanta, AmericanAirlines Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 at Orlando, 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 vs. Houston, AmericanAirlines Arena, 8 p.m.