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$30 for a $120 ticket: 76ers at Bulls

21 February 2010 No Comment

It was a Saturday night and I had nothing going on.  So, of course, I chose to attend the Chicago Bulls game versus the Philadelphia 76ers.

I did not have a ticket ahead of time so I planned to buy one outside of the United Center.  I was hoping to buy a ticket similar to the one I did on Tuesday night but for a cheaper price.

Once again I was able to park on Washington Blvd. in between Wood St. and Wolcott Ave. for free.  It is only a short two block walk to the arena from that area.

Obtaining Tickets
At first I talked to a few scalpers who wanted close to face value for their tickets – meaning $60 for the upper level and $100 for lower level seats.  I knew this was too much to pay so I checked at the box office to see what the lowest priced seat was – a $25 SRO.  In a pinch, I could always pay $25 and find a seat in the upper deck.

As I walked back to where most of the scalpers were congregating, I found a group of three people standing around.  I asked them if they had an extra ticket which they did.  It was a $120 face value seat – the same priced seat I bought on Tuesday night.  I offered them $20 for the ticket.  They countered with $30 and said they would store their coats on the seat rather than sell the ticket for $20.  I accepted the $30 price.

For the second straight game, I bought a $120 ticket for far less than the face value.

The Game
Also for the second straight home game, the Bulls crushed their opponent.  This time they defeated the 76ers by 32 points – 122-90.  Kirk Hinrich broke the Bulls club record for most three pointers with 773 by the end of the game.

The highlight (or lowlight) of the night came when Joakim Noah missed a wide open dunk in his first game back after a seven-game layoff due to an injured foot.

Vince Vaughn was in attendance tonight sitting courtside.  There did not appear to be any drama at this game as there was the last time I saw Vince at the United Center.

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