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New-Look Bulls Carry Big Ticket Demand to United Center Over Season’s First Half

Dwyane Wade, Rajon Rondo, Jimmy Butler
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In the wake of their first playoff-less season since 2008, the Chicago Bulls stormed into the offseason looking for a change of pace. In June, the team made immediate waves with the multiplayer trade of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah to the New York Knicks. That was followed by the signings of free agents Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade, who together will look to push the Bulls back into the postseason this spring.

And while the roster shakeup has fans excited for what’s next at United Center, ticket demand on the resale market remains high. Over the remaining 24 home games through the All-Star break, Bulls tickets over the first half of the season are averaging over $200 on TicketIQ, an event ticket search engine that pools tickets and data from over 90 percent of the secondary market.

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To no surprise, many of the league’s best teams are contributing to that demand when they travel to Chicago over the next three months. The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers are generating the highest ticket prices at United Center when they play the Bulls on December 2. That game now owns an average resale price of $381 and the cheapest available tickets start from $113 each. No other game in Chicago will come close to posting those prices, with the second most expensive game coming against the Thunder on January 9 ($229 avg./$53 get-in).

Conversely for those looking for the cheapest Bulls tickets, a December 13 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves will be fans’ best bet. Tickets to the mid-December game are now averaging $158 with a get-in price of $31. It will be a January 25 game against the Atlanta Hawks that posts the cheapest available tickets in the first half, however, as the get-in price for that game is just $23.

Where the Bulls will land in the Eastern Conference by April remains unclear, but they are certainly a force on paper. Along with the likes of Jimmy Butler, who was a legitimate contender for MVP at the halfway point last season, and fellow mainstay Taj Gibson, the Bulls have the pieces necessary to be a floor-to-floor threat. The question remains if they’ll fit those pieces together accordingly, however, as they continue searching for their elusive seventh NBA championship.

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