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Chicago Blackhawks: Fans Pony Up Because Its the Cup

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The Chicago Blackhawks had a heartbreaking loss at home to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals that seems so much further in the past than it is, a little over a year later.

Now, however, the Hawks have a chance to win the Stanley Cup at home for the first time in nearly eight decades. It’s safe to assume that the vast majority of current Hawks fans hadn’t even born yet, and even they were, they likely would have been too young to remember that event.

So, the big question for the moment is not whether you will be watching the game, but where you will be watching it. Unless you are well-connected, well-off, or lucky enough to win one of many ticket giveaway contests that have been going on, you are most likely going to be watching from home (yours or someone else’s) or a local watering hole.

But say that you absolutely, positively must watch the game in person, in order to have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the boys hoisting The Best Trophy In Sports. There is really no substitute for being there, after all, but how much of a hit to your bank account would it be?

Well, of course the answer will depend on where you want to sit (or stand). According to Stubhub.com, as of 6:00 a.m. on game day, the overall secondary market price range for entry to the United Center starts at $831.50 for standing room only (SRO) and goes as high as $25,000 for a seat on the glass. (There is one foolishly optimistic person attempting to sell an SRO ticket for nearly $72,000. Yeah, good luck with that.)

Granted, that’s just for tickets. It doesn’t account for parking, concessions, or souvenirs that could easily run another couple hundred dollars. All that dough would cover rent (or a mortgage payment), bills, food, and many other things for the average family. Or prom (from what I understand it costs these days). Or a wedding. Or college tuition.

If the Hawks themselves didn’t give you enough of a heart attack in this series already, then the ticket prices would probably finish the job. But let’s say you have the means, and have no problem dropping that kind of cash for the chance to be blown away by the atmosphere at the Madhouse.

What would you be willing to pay to be there tonight, whether you have a seat or not? If you bought a ticket, how much did you pay? All responses will be kept anonymous.

Feel free to sound off in the comments as well!

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