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Blackhawks Fri Aug 14 2009

Blackhawks tickets on sale Monday (at slightly higher prices)

Single game tickets for the Blackhawks upcoming season go on sale Monday at 10 a.m., and while the Hawks announced to much fanfare last spring that season-ticket prices would be frozen for the upcoming season (for which I am very grateful!), fans looking to buy tickets Monday should bring some extra cash.

Prices for single-game seats have increased by roughly $10-20 a seat, depending on location within the United Center. The percentage increase is usually within the 15-30 percent range, with the one exception being the cheapest seats in the 300-level, which went up by 50-75 percent. The number of premium home games (with inflated prices) increased as well, going from 11 the previous season to 16 this year. Most premium tickets are for weekend games or those against Original 6 opponents.

See more analysis and a chart detailing the price increase after the cut (ignoring day of game seats since there likely won't be any tickets left for most games). Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Monday, August 17th, via Ticketmaster, at the United Center box office, at the Blackhawks store on Michigan Avenue, or by calling 800-745-3000.

Given the team's successful season last year and string of 52-straight sellouts, the price increase isn't completely surprising, though given the amount of positive press the team received for instituting the season-ticket freeze with the current recession, I've yet to see any mention of the hike for single-game seats.

The majority of the increases are reasonable, and even the greatest increase in the 300-level is understandable. It's hard to find a $15 seat to a sporting event in any arena these days, and while a 67% increase seems steep, it still leaves seats at a respectable $25. Comparable seats for Bulls games at this level run $40 a game, though the Bulls do offer a few rows of end-seating at $10 in these sections as well.

I wouldn't be surprised to see season-tickets adjusted to these new price levels next season though, which will garner significantly more cash for the Hawks.

Here's a breakdown on the increase of single-game tickets in each section. The color can be matched to the United Center seating chart found here.

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