For anyone arranging a group outing to a Miami Heat game, getting the gang to the arena just became easier via a bus service operated by Fox Sports Florida.
The Heat Fan Express, which debuted earlier this month, carries groups of up to 55 to AmericanAirlines Arena in a luxury motorcoach decked out with Heat graphics and branding. When a group purchases a block of tickets from the Heat they get the ride on the bus at no additional charge.
“Who wouldn’t want to go to the game with group of people and pay the regular cost of tickets without parking,” said Jason Finder, Fan Express coordinator for FSF.
The maiden voyage carried 36 kids and adults from Holy Temple Christian Academy in Fort Lauderdale to the Heat-Bobcats game on Feb. 4.
“You made us feel like VIP,” Victor White, a deacon with the academy wrote of the experience in an email.
From the exposure of the initial group’s arrival during the FSF pregame show, the Fan Express has been booked for five upcoming games. To arrange a trip, call the Heat groups sales office at 786-777-3865.
Additional perks: All passengers receive a gift bag, and Fox Sports Florida Girls will ride along if requested at least 10 business days in advance.
“The Heat Fan Express is a great example of our commitment to the Heat organization and Heat fans everywhere,” said Catherine Jamison, director of marketing and creative services for Fox Sports Florida/Sun Sports. “For years we’ve been bringing Heat games on television to fans at home, and now, with the Heat Fan Express, we are excited to bring fans from all around South Florida to the AmericanAirlines Arena to experience world champion Miami Heat basketball in person.”
FSF is preparing a Fan Express to carry groups to Miami Marlins games this season. The home opener is already booked, Finder said. Trips can be booked at Saturday’s Winter Warm Up at Marlins Park, or request information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternate bus to Marlins games
Ballgame Express is another bus service that has been carrying fans to Marlins games since early last season from various pickup points in Broward and Palm Beach counties. It is available for individuals as well as groups. Cost to ride is $29.50 roundtrip to Marlins Park, and packages including tickets to the game are available.
For more about Ballgame Express, phone 1-888-956-2754 or visit www.ballgameexpress.com.