Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/29/13 at 07:47 AM ET
By Nick Tranfaglia of TiqIQ,
Hockey fans shouldn't blink, -training camp is right around the corner and that means the start of the regular season as well.
If the Chicago Blackhawks are done celebrating their 2nd championship in 4 years, they'll notice they have 82 tough matchups on their way to a 5th.
What that translates to is not only a frenzy in Chicago, but also more expensive seats at the United Center, where ticket prices are up 56 percent since the Hawks' victory. Team execs will bank on a hangover from fans who are still drunk with excitement from last season, because at $369 for a seat this season Hawks fans will need to shell out. Last year the Hawks' season average at the United Center was $236, which must seem paltry in comparison.
Here are the 5 most expensive Chicago home games
1. April 9 vs Montreal: The last game of the regular season is the Hawks' most expensive. The average price of a seat will be a whopping $524, 42 percent above the Hawks' rising home average. Cheap seats are available for $107.
2. March 16 vs Detroit: The Red Wings may have been sent to the Eastern Conference, but Hawks fans' hatred towards them certainly won't be forgotten anytime soon. Tickets to the March matchup will be $498, 35 percent above Chicago's average at the United Center. "Get-in" rates can be had for $114.
3. October 1 vs Washington: The Hawks begin their quest run against the Caps at the beginning of October. To see "Ovie," fans will have to pony up $450, 22 percent above the team's normal average. Some seats are for the taking at $153.
4. January 19 vs Boston: The Bruins come to town in January for the first time since their Stanley Cup defeat. You can bet they'll be out for blood. Fans can catch the physical matchup for $417, 13 percent above average at the United Center. "Get-in" rates can be had for $129.
5. December 15 vs Los Angeles: Though the Hawks may have bested the Kings in the Western Conference finals last season, the team from LA will be looking to make that defeat a distant memory come December. Tickets are $416 to this contest, 13 percent more expensive than seats at the United Center normally are. Still, fans can find tickets available for a modest $91.
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