Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 01/29/13 at 11:54 AM ET
by Dan Grrob, TiqIQ
Just two weeks into the 2013 NHL season, the Chicago Blackhawks can stake a serious claim as the team to beat across the league. Chicago enters week three at a perfect 6-0, with four of those wins coming on the road. But it is actually back home at the United Center where the Blackhawks are one of the biggest draws in hockey.
Last year was disappointing for both the team and fans, as the Blackhawks entered the season with high expectations only to finish in the 6 spot and get bounced by the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, fan support for the Blackhawks has not lessened at all, as this year’s average home price for the Chicago Blackhawks tickets checks in at a fairly substantial $197 dollars, one of the higher price points in the league. This figure is slightly higher to last year’s average price of $191 dollars, indicating a generally unwavering dedication to the team amongst fans in The Windy City. Given the Blackhawks’ fast start and large fan base, their average home ticket price could actually rise as the season progresses.
Naturally, the price to get into the United Center for some of the premier matchups this year is quite substantial. The most expensive home game this year for the Blackhawks is currently the April 12th matchup against the Detroit Red Wings. This game carries an average ticket price of $284 dollars, and will cost fans $110 just to get in the door. The second most expensive Blackhawks home game this year comes on February 17th when the Blackhawks host the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. Ticket prices for that game are currently averaging $263/seat, with a get-in price of $114.
While there is no longstanding rivalry or playoff rematch storyline for Chicago’s February meeting with the Kings, this might actually be the most important game of them all. Chicago and Los Angeles are currently co-favorites in some spots to win the West, and with a condensed schedule, their head to head meetings could go a long way towards determining home ice for the playoffs
Rounding out the top five most expensive Chicago home games this year are the April 26th game against Calgary, the April 20th matchup against Phoenix, and the February 15th tilt against San Jose. The Calgary game currently carries an average ticket price of $248, a figure that serves well to exemplify the passion of Blackhawks fans given that the Flames currently sit in last place in the West. When Phoenix comes to town, it will of course be a rematch of last year’s first round playoff matchup. Currently, the average ticket price for that faceoff checks in at $249 dollars, and fans can get in the building for $99.
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