99 games have passed since Derrick Rose last suited up for a meaningful game. With the start of the 2013-2014 season looming and Rose set to return to the court, Chicago Bulls tickets are already seeing a significant jump in price. The average price of a home Bulls ticket last year was $171, whereas tickets are already seeing a 50% spike in price this season with the home average ticket price currently sitting at $257. The Rose Effect is real.
Take a look at the five highest priced Chicago Bulls tickets below:
1) December 5th – Miami Heat – Average Price, $438 – Get-in Price, $107
This early season matchup brings LeBron James and the back-to-back defending champion Miami Heat to the United Center. The Rose-less Bulls squared off against the Heat in the second round of last year’s playoffs, but injuries left Chicago without even a puncher’s chance. With a healthy Rose, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah all returned, Miami will face much stiffer competition this time around. This potential Eastern Conference Finals preview already has ticket prices listed at 70% higher than the home average for the Chicago Bulls, at an average price of $438. The cheapest price to get in the door sits at $107.
2) March 9th – Miami Heat – Average Price, $400 – Get-in Price, $99
Prices are slightly lower for the return trip for the Miami Heat, though not by much. The average ticket price for this Sunday matinee is currently $400, a 56% rise over the season average for a home Chicago Bulls ticket. With LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all eligible to opt out of their contracts at the end of the season, this could be the last chance that Chicago gets to see the “big three” in their current form. Fans can find tickets as low as $99 (hint hint, this is a great Christmas present!).
3) January 20th – Los Angeles Lakers – Average Price, $357 – Get-in Price, $68
The Los Angeles Lakers may be taking a step back this season in terms of winning, but that hasn’t stopped the Lake Show fan base from driving up ticket prices. Always a hot ticket no matter where they visit, the Lakers are expected to have Kobe Bryant back from his torn Achilles in time for this Martin Luther King Jr. Day matchup. Ticket prices for the late season matchup are sitting at a price point that is 39% above the home average, at $357 for the average ticket. Fans can witness one of Kobe’s possible last games in Chicago for a “get-in price” of $68.
4) March 2nd – New York Knicks – Average Price, $341 – Get-in Price, $55
The New York Knicks make their second and final Chicago appearance in this Sunday matinee game at the United Center. The average home ticket price to see Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks is sitting at 33% above the average home ticket price, at $341. With both teams expected to be competing for a top spot in the East, ticket prices will only continue to rise. You can find a “get-in price” today of just $55.
5) October 31st – New York Knicks – Average Price, $325 – Get-in Price, $99
The Chicago Bulls open their home season in a prime time featured matchup against Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks. Fans will get to see Derrick Rose play in his first meaningful game since tearing his ACL over 18 months earlier. The Knicks are always a big draw on the road, but with ‘Melo returning the team to relevance, bandwagon New Yorkers are back in full force – driving ticket prices up along with it. The Bulls home opener is already seeing ticket prices at an average of $325, a 26% rise from the average home price. The current “get-in price” to see the Knicks live in Chicago is $99.
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