Are you thinking about catching a Chicago Blackhawks game live this season but are not sure about how much it costs to attend a game, don't let this stand in your way. The cost of seeing an NHL game is actually quite reasonable in comparison with some other professional sports. We looked up the total costs of attending a match at United Center in Chicago, Illinois. To help you budget for and plan out your game day, here is the average cost to attend a game including how much the average fan spends for tickets, parking and snacks and beverages at the concessions stands. We were surprised at how little it can cost to take in a live game and enjoy the excitement of watching the Blackhawks play live.
The ticket prices are very reasonable
We were actually shocked by how little fans pay for tickets to watch this NHL team play. The average price that fans pay per ticket to get a seat to watch the game is just $55. We were also interested in finding out how much the least expensive tickets cost along with the highest. If you're a high roller and you want to get the very best seat, we saw some of them going for up to $728 each, with the lowest seats being sold for just $22. If you're strapped for cash but want to get in on the standing room admission, the cost of tickets is a low $10 each. The NHL is trying to ensure that anyone who wants to watch their favorite team play has the opportunity.
Parking isn't that bad either
We were pleasantly surprised to find so many different parking spaces within close proximity to the game. The average fans pays just $22 to park at United Center with a reserved parking space that can be purchased in advance online. This gives you access to your vehicle without the need to walk for a few blocks or be shuttled in from one of the other locations. We saw a range of parking prices that started at a low $3 in the Humboldt Park area with many spots going fro $4, $5, $9.99, all the way up to $38. If you arrive at United Center or in the area early enough there are a lot of available spaces so you can almost pick the price that you want to pay to park your vehicle.
The concession prices are also affordable
While you're watching the Blackhawks play, it's nice to have a snack and a beverage. Of course the prices that vendors charge in the stadium are going to be higher than what you'd pay at a local fast food restaurant or mini mart for a bite to eat and something to drink, but when you consider how little it costs to get in to see the game and to park, it won't set you back that much to have whatever you want for food and drink at the concessions stands. There are a lot of vendors and you can find just about any type of food that you'd want to enjoy at United Center. When you enter the concessions areas the smell alone is enough to make your mouth water.
You can enjoy a craft beer such as Stella Artois or Goose Island for $9.50 each. They also offer domestic beer for $8.50 each. The price of beer has gone up by fifty cents this year, but the cost of food has stayed the same. You can get popcorn for $5.75, nachos, pretzels and pizza for $6.75,3 tacos for $12, a chicken sandwich for $9 or a tri-tip sandwich for just $10. The average fan spends $30 on average for a couple of beers and a sandwich.
The total average cost to attend a Chicago Blackhawks game
The average fan will spend $55 on a ticket, $22 for parking and $30 to enjoy a snack and a few brews at United Center in Chicago. This comes to a grand total of $107 on game day. Those who don't care about the cost will spend much more, but fans who are budget conscious can enjoy a game with food, drink and good parking for as low as $33. It's actually pretty cheap entertainment if you're a fan and you're tired of watching the action from the front room or the local sports bar.
Written by Dana Hanson
Read more posts by Dana Hanson