If you find yourself in Chicago Monday night and want to be inside the United Center for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final, all you’ll need is at least $800 USD and enough stamina to remain standing for the entire 60-minute contest between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.
That’s right: a standing-room only ticket for Game 6 Monday evening is currently priced as low as $800 on the secondary market. And even those tickets are already moving. By 9:30 a.m. ET, the cheapest seat price available was more than $1,000 and inching closer to $1,100 with every passing moment.
The craziest prices, though, are those for lower level seating, some of which are going for as much as $8,000. The highest priced tickets, which seem more like a desperate cash-grab than someone actually being serious about selling their seats, are against the glass. Platinum Glass seats – the tickets are being sold in a pair – in section 112 of the United Center are $50,000. Sure, they come with a parking pass and in-seat wait service, but they’re the price of an automobile. At least you could split the cost with a friend for the paltry sum of $25,000, or buy just one of the two seats for that same amount.
Aside from the obvious – this being Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final inflates prices on the secondary market quite a bit – there’s also the fact that Monday’s game will be the first time since 1938 that the Blackhawks will have the opportunity to win the Stanley Cup on home ice. Both of Chicago’s past two Stanley Cup wins, 2010 and 2013, came in series where the Blackhawks took a 3-2 lead before heading back out on the road. It appears the potential for it to be a once-in-a-lifetime moment has given people cause to spend exorbitantly to get inside the Madhouse on Madison.
The game itself is sold out, so purchasing tickets from outlets other than the box office are the only way to get in. Early Monday morning, there were nearly 1,400 tickets available on the secondary market. As of 10 a.m. ET, there are fewer than 1,300, so there’s no shortage of people willing to shell out the dollars necessary to watch the possible series-deciding contest.
If you happen to be interested in nabbing a pair of tickets and don’t mind the hit your wallet will take, your best bet is to act quick, because the cheapest tickets are here and gone almost within an instant.