PBT’s own Brett Pollakoff tweeted this out when the Heat were down 5 with: 28 seconds left and the Heat had called a timeout.
“Fans in Miami heading for the exits.”
Thousands of them. Not anywhere near a majority, but enough to reinforce the stereotype.
Plenty (again, far from all) fans in Miami fit the bandwagon label — the fans that show up late and leave early, the ones more interested in texting photos of themselves at the game than the game itself. Some of those fans were headed for the exits to go drown their sorrows at a South Beach bar.
And those fans were locked out. They couldn’t get back in the arena and to their seats. There were reports of fans pounding on the doors and the police having to be called to quell the disturbance
The Sun Sentinel spoke to one family that was locked out (but handled it better), trying to watch through the arena glass a television in the team store that points toward the outside of the arena.
“I feel so bad. I thought it was over,” said Marcella Tabora, who left the game early with her husband, Tyson and the couple’s young daughter. “We have a long drive to West Palm Beach, so I said ‘Let’s go.’ We were walking [outside] and he checked his phone and saw it was 95-95, so we came back. But they said we couldn’t go back inside.”
Bet nobody leaves Game 7 early.