Chicago Blackhawks tickets have become more and more difficult to obtain in recent years, depending on the situation. Playoff tickets for the 2015 Stanley Cup run cost an arm and a leg, and even regular-season tickets in 2014-15 weren’t always easy to buy at a reasonable cost.
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But it’s always news when any Blackhawks tickets go on sale, because who among us isn’t going to try to see a Blackhawks game if at all possible? It’s always a blast to visit the United Center — although it can be equally fun to visit opposing arenas — no matter what part of the season we’re in. That includes the preseason, and that’s the focus of the latest news from the franchise.
The Blackhawks announced Tuesday that tickets for preseason games at the UC will go on sale Monday at 10 a.m. Fans can buy tickets through various means:
— By visiting chicagoblackhawks.com
— By visiting Ticketmaster
— By calling 800-745-3000
Chicago will host three preseason games, and all of them feature fun-to-watch matchups. The Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings will face off Tuesday, Sept. 22 in the preseason opener before the St. Louis Blues (Saturday, Sept. 26) and the Dallas Stars (Saturday, Oct. 3) come to town. The Red Wings are obviously the Blackhawks’ oldest rival, while the Blues are the current main rival and the Stars offer a look at former Blackhawks Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and Stephen Johns.
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The organization on Tuesday also announced its Training Camp Festival has sold out. The event, scheduled for Monday, Sept. 21, gives fans the opportunity to watch the Blackhawks scrimmage at the United Center. It comes complete with the usual national anthem performance by Jim Cornelison.
Focusing a little more on the Blackhawks’ preseason, the team has a slate of six games, with two apiece coming against Detroit and St. Louis and the others scheduled against Dallas and Montreal. Chicago didn’t have a particularly good preseason last year, dropping four of six games. The Blackhawks faced four Eastern Conference teams in 2014 (Detroit twice) as well as Edmonton. Thankfully, Chicago defeated Edmonton and Detroit once. Clearly, the preseason results did nothing to affect how Chicago fared through the rest of the 2014-15 campaign.
That is one key thing to remember about the preseason. Fans should put more stock in the performances of players (especially younger ones) than the games’ final scores. These games don’t count at all toward the regular-season standings or playoffs, but the development of players and how they look on the ice matters a great deal. Some of the guys who played huge minutes in the 2015 playoffs might be a little off at first, but that isn’t something to worry about either. Preseason games should give fans a good idea of who they can expect to break out for the team in the regular season, whether it’s a current Blackhawk or a minor leaguer looking for his big break.
Regardless, fans should relish the opportunity to purchase tickets to at least one of this year’s three preseason outings. It’s likely our cheapest opportunity to take in a United Center experience.
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