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Some fans in Miami left early, couldn’t get back in to watch amazing finish

Jun 19, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

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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.

But we all know what happened — LeBron hit a three, Ray Allen hit a three and we were headed to a thrilling overtime. One where the Heat hung on for the win and forced a Game 7.

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.

  1. ck7fall81 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Honestly, its their money, its their choice on how to waste it. Most real sports fans would love to watch their team play, much less in the world championship. I for one think that if I spend my money to go to a game, plan my day to go to a game and then have the opportunity to be at a good game, the last thing I am going to do is be concerned about the traffic. That is hilarious to me. So what if it takes longer to get home, what did I lose in the scheme of things versus what I would have had the chance to witness. Talk is cheap, all those people with “Witness” t shirts on but hundreds or thousands of those same people leaving before the game has ended. It’s just sports but a true example of a hypocrite. Too funny, I live in Charlotte, where our basketball and football owners do not have a clue but if I plan my day and spend my time and money to go, I am going to watch the whole thing and if nothing else meet some new people, use my smartphone, anything but miss being there, because its not like it happens everyday.

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