MIAMI -- Carnival Cruise Lines will purchase all unsold
tickets for the Hurricane Katrina benefit game between the
San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat, ensuring that the Oct. 10 NBA
exhibition will raise at least $1 million for relief efforts.
The general public can continue to buy seats for the game
through Tuesday. After that, all remaining seats will be purchased
by Carnival, which plans to distribute those tickets to school
groups, charities and other organizations.
"It's crucial in this time of need that everyone play their
part and do whatever they can to help the victims of such a
devastating event," said Heat owner Micky Arison, who's also the
CEO of Carnival Corp.
The Spurs and Heat added the game to their exhibition schedules
last month, a few days after Katrina ravaged the Gulf coast and
caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage. It'll be the
first preseason game for both teams.
As the host team, the Heat will donate all its proceeds from
ticket sales, concessions, parking and retail sales to the American
Red Cross. Another contribution will be made to a
still-undetermined charity on behalf of the Heat, the Spurs, the
NBA and the league players' association.
Tickets are being sold at regular season prices, in an effort to
maximize the contribution.