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The Miami Heat plan to open a nightclub inside American Airlines Arena

The Hyde nightclub at Staples Center

Sam Nazarian, a restauranteur and hotel owner from Los Angeles, recently announced plans to open a posh nightclub inside the Miami Heat’s American Airlines Arena. According to a report in Businessweek (via SLAM ONLINE), the intention is for the next new Miami hotspot will be open in time for the start of the 2012-13 NBA season and will feature several bars and lounge areas adorned with flat screen televisions. Yep, that sounds like a nightclub for sure.

Nazarian previously opened a Hyde club in 2008 in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, where both the Lakers and the Clippers play. Among the plans for the new digs on the East Coast:

The 5,000-square-foot (465-square-meter) club will have its own entrance and accommodate 200 people, Nazarian said. Admission would be free for game- and concert-goers, and patrons without event tickets would be charged a fee, he said. The venue may be rented for special occasions when the arena is dark.

“In one respect, Hyde will be a new amenity for our best customers,” said Eric Woolworth, president of business operations for the Miami Heat. “It adds a hip quotient and panache, and it’s also another space we can market for parties and private events.”

Sounds grand. Details are still in the works for the Hyde club, so it remains to be seen how exactly they plan to squeeze a 5,000 square-foot club inside the arena. But hey, it is South Beach, after all, so why the heck not? If there’s one thing Miami lacks, it’s an abundance of hip and trendy nightspots.