That will make the 2018-19 season a farewell season for the ages as Wade will say goodbye to fans all around the league who have enjoyed watching his masterful play for the better part of the last two decades.
For Heat fans, they won’t see Wade’s final regular-season performance until Miami’s final home game on April 9, 2019, against the Philadelphia 76ers. While the Heat seem poised to contend for a playoff spot this season just like they did in 2017-18, the ticket prices for that final home game have already begun to skyrocket.
This week, the most modest tickets available on the team’s official website are going to cost fans $215.00 each. As for the lower deck, prices range between $350.00 and $1,688.00.
Compare that to the home game just before Miami’s home final, an April 3 matchup against the Boston Celtics, where tickets can be purchased for as low as $30.00. It’s quite clear that American Airlines Arena is looking to capitalize off of Wade’s final goodbye.
Heat spokeswoman Lorrie-Ann Diaz was asked about the price increase, and her answer seemed to indicate that prices could increase even further.
“Individual tickets are dynamically priced so the prices will fluctuate depending on supply and demand,” she said.
There will certainly be a whole lot of demand for Wade’s final game at American Airlines Arena, especially if the Heat miss out on a playoff berth.
Let’s hope for the sake of Wade, his teammates, and the Miami faithful, that the Heat advance to the playoffs for a second year in a row.
After all, everyone knows there’s no Wade like playoff Wade.