In recent columns at Crain's Chicago Business, Ed Sherman has remarked on how inexpensive Cubs tickets are on StubHub this month:â†µâ†µ
I have a friend who decided to go to Sunday's game at 11 a.m. and bought seats on Stubhub for $9.â†µ â†µThe San Diego Padres begin a three-game series at Wrigley Field on April 18. Stubhub has 4,819 tickets listed for the Monday game, the first night game of the season, and more than 5,000 for the next two games. That's more than 10% of the park. Infield upper-deck seats are priced as low as $3, plus fees.
But after the hoopla of opening day fades, you can buy seats for Sunday's game for as low as $12 (plus the service charge). Next week's games against Oakland and the Los Angeles Angels have tickets listed in the $5 range.â†µâ†µ
For tonight's Bulls game, though, be prepared to pay through the nose, even for nosebleed seats:â†µâ†µ
Obviously, it's a different story for Thursday's Bulls-Boston game at the United Center. Tickets in the 300 level begin at $119. If you want to sit in the 100 level, you're looking at $500 and beyond.â†µâ†µ
This, clearly, is how local ticket brokers are staying in business; for several years up to last year, Cubs tickets were a cash cow for them. But now, Cubs (and White Sox) tickets make little or nothing for brokers (or season-ticket holders selling on StubHub). Blackhawks tickets during their Stanley Cup run, Bears/Packers playoff tickets, and Bulls tickets have kept them afloat; with an uncertain NFL season this fall, they're surely hoping for a long Bulls playoff run.â†µ