So how did White Hot leave the Miami Heat seeing red in Tuesday night’s series-clinching victory over the Atlanta Hawks at FTX Arena? It turns out the playoff theme at times can create a color bind.
Such was the case in Game 5 of the opening round, when the Heat played in their Statement Edition red uniforms at home, with the visiting Hawks wearing white amid the Heat’s whiteout.
As Heat Vice President Michael McCullough explained to the Sun Sentinel, the intent behind the “White Hot” campaign primarily is designed as an immersive fan experience.
“The red uniform carries a certain meaning within the organization,” McCullough said, “and we always want to provide the flexibility for the team to wear what they want to wear.”
Such decisions are a combined effort of both basketball operations and the team’s marketing arm. Basketball operations at times will alternate after a loss or losing streak in a certain color scheme. Such was the case in 2018 in the wake of a home losing streak in the team’s black Vice Nights since-retired alternate jerseys.
At the time, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, “We’ve done this before as an organization when we go to the red uniforms, just to change the dynamic.”
During the opening-round series against the Hawks, the Heat wore their white Association Edition uniform in their first two home games, their black Icon Edition uniform during Game 3 in Atlanta, and then their white Association Edition again in Game 4.
Then came Game 5, with the home fans seeing red.
“Naturally, we love it when they wear their ‘home’ white uniform,” McCullough, described by the Heat as their “brand architect,” said of his organizational wing, “but keep in mind the power of the White Hot campaign is about what the fans are wearing.”
The home team gets first choice of uniform styles for each game, with the NBA then clearing an approved palette of opposing uniforms for the road team to consider from its annual inventory.
That leaves the Heat with the option on the road of playing in white, red, black or this season’s “Miami Mashup” jerseys.
“Teams have all uniforms available as options to wear in the playoffs,” McCullough said. “Home-decides is still the guiding rule, so we have to select accordingly when we’re the road team.”
The Heat will host Games 1 and 2 (as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary) in their Eastern Conference semifinal series that opens Monday at FTX Arena.
Tickets remain on sale for the Heat’s Eastern Conference semifinal best-of-seven playoff series, with the team to host Games 1 and 2, as well as potential Games 5 and 7.
Fans who purchase tickets for any unplayed games will automatically be issued a refund by Ticketmaster, including fees (except UPS and retail pickup fees). If fans purchase tickets at a retail location, they can secure a refund by returning tickets for unplayed games at the same retail location where the tickets originally were purchased.
All Heat home playoff games are mobile-only entry, through the team’s app, Ticketmaster.com and/or the Ticketmaster App.
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