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Blackhawks-Flyers Tickets Cost Thousands; Hawks Fans Still Going To Philly

06/08/2010 12:57 pm 12:57:13 | Updated May 25, 2011

With their team one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup, die-hard Chicago Blackhawks fans will do anything to see their team win.

And for some, money is no object.

Tickets for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, which will be played Wednesday in Philadelphia, are selling on Craigslist for anywhere from several hundred dollars to upwards of $3,000.

Since the Flyers have no chance of clinching the series on Wednesday (they trail the Hawks 3-2 in the best-of-seven match-up), many shrewd Philly fans are offering their tickets up to Chicagoans, for a price. And with the Hawks looking for their first championship in nearly 50 years, plenty of fans are willing to make the trek.

The Chicago Sun-Times spoke with one supporter, who explained that ticket prices won't be the only price he'll have to pay:

''It's a lot of money, but it's a once-in-a-lifetime chance,'' said Herbie Zucker, a 38-year-old Hawks fan who lives in River North and also attended games 3 and 4 in the City of Brotherly Love.

Zucker figures to spend $300 on a room and $500 on a flight plus whatever it takes to score a ticket to the game from a broker.


Prices on Craigslist ran the gamut, but there was nothing cheap on offer. One offer seemed fairly reasonable -- the listing advertised tickets for $105 -- until it became clear that those were parking passes, not seats.

Even more striking are ticket costs for a hypothetical Game 7. If the Hawks win tomorrow night, Game 7 won't need to be played. But if the Flyers continue their winning streak at home, the series would return to Chicago on Friday for a deciding final match.

There were almost no tickets to the possible game for less than $1,000. One listing, for a rather unremarkable seat in Section 311, asked for $7,500, calling the ticket "a piece of memorabilia and work of art."

Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals, at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, will begin at 8:00pm EDT. NBC will have the TV broadcast.

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