Basketball - Chicago Bulls, Chicago
The United Center where Michael Jordan Era of the Chicago Bulls with his crew of Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen in the 1990's made their Chicago Bulls an NBA dynasty and worldwide fame! unfortunateley, the present mainstays of the Chicago Bulls are a ghost of their former selves. The United Center is home to both the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League and the Chicago Bulls of the National Basketball Association. The United Center's predecessor was the indoor Chicago Stadium, the original "Madhouse on Madison", which was demolished after the newer arena opened for business on August 18, 1994. The arena is the largest in the United States in physical size, though not in capacity.
Equipment: In addition to more than 80 Bulls/Blackhawks games each year, the United Center has hosted other sporting events such as University of Illinois basketball, the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament (from the first tournament in 1998 to 2001, then in odd numbered years from 2003 to 2007, before the tournament moved permanently to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis), the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament (hosted seven times, including 2007), the Roundball Classic, and the Great Eight Classic.
The 6 times NBA Champion Chicago Bulls are Chicago's entry in the National Basketball Association. I haven't made it to a game in a couple of years as most games are on TV and to travel in from the suburbs to the United Center and spend a minimum of $100 for the evening. Well, let's say there are better ways to spend my $$.
Watching the Chicago Bulls at the United centre is an event not to miss if your in Chicago and they're playing. Catch a bus there and back and enjoy a beverage or 2 and the giveaways. And the game....
The Chicago Bulls had an amazing run of 6 chamionships in the 1990's, led by none other than his air-ness, one Micheal Jordan, argueably the greatest basketball player ever to lace up his sneakers and take to the court. Most people identify the Bulls with him, and as a franchise they are trying to rebuild and bring Chicago another winning team. The United Center is an impressive facility where both the Chicago Bulls and NHL Chicago Blackhawks play.. I would recommened either for a great time. I was lucky enough to score floor seats at a Bulls game early in the 2006 season... and I'll tell you the best part of the game was the introductions- for anyone who watched the Bulls in the 1990's, they have kept them the same- the lights go out, and the sopotlight on the players is awesome, might send chills up the spine for a first time visitor and fan.
About the team:
The first half of the 1970s had proved to be the glory years for the Bulls, who came within a ball bounce or two of making the 1975 NBA Finals. Nearly a decade later, the club finally began to right its course. The captain of that ship was Michael Jordan, first fighting off the talent-rich Cavaliers, and, later, a band of Bad Boys from Motown—the Pistons.
Okay, the Chicago Bulls have had their best times when Michael Jordan was the star of the team, but still Basketball in Chicago is great and a Bulls-game is an absolute must-see there! And even if you cannot find the time to watch a game, come to visit the United Center to see the Michael Jordan Statue....
The Chicago Bulls were the team of the 1990's as far as NBA Basketball is concerned. Led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, with a supporting cast over the years including Dennis Rodman, Toni Kukoc, and John Paxson, the Bulls won 6 NBA championships (1991-93, 96-98).
Those days are long gone. Once Jordan retired (for the 2nd but not final time) in 1998, the Bulls were dismantled and the rebuilding process began and continues today. The new Bulls are young and error-prone, but still bring an exciting brand of basketball to Chicago with up-and-coming players like Kirk Hinrich, Ben Gordon, Tyson Chandler, Andres Nocioni, and Eddy Curry. And if you don't come to see the Bulls, at least you will see them playing against some good NBA talent.
Equipment: The Bulls play home games at the United Center. There are 41 regular season contests every season, from late October through mid-April. Ticket prices range anywhere from $10 to $105.
If you don't care where you sit, you can usually go up to the box office on game day and get tickets. If you want good seats, you can try getting them ahead of time at the box office, through Ticketmaster, or a broker.
I went to the Bulls game at the United Center on Jan 3rd, 2005 and had lots of fun! My beloved Bulls lost to the Detroit Pistons, but to me, the glory of Micheal Jordon times lives on, and just being there was worth it! You can't beat that starting line up laser show with the music that just makes your heart rumble.
The timeout/between quarter entertainment was a lot of fun and although somewhat expensive (as one can expect), the food was great as well. Try the fries! Be sure to get to the stadium about a half hour before the game to check out the fun exhibits and entertainers in the hallways outside the court.
My favorite thing about going was that it really was a full experience, not just the game. You don't have to be a hardcore basketball fan to enjoy a Bulls game. Great family fun, too!
Equipment: Ticketmaster will have the lowest price. I searched around quite a bit, and the places that offer "deals" are probably only good for when ticketmaster is already sold out.
I highly recommend you don't spend the money on the cheap 300-level seats. They really are nosebleed seats, and you may be better off just watching at home. For the extra $15, the club seats were a lot of fun, and since it's a smaller section, not as crowded. One thing about United Center seating is the seats are rather close together.
If you park in the lots just south of the Stadium parking, your car will be just as safe, and you will save $10-20.
Home of Chicago Bulls and place where this basketball club has taken six NBA rings. Glorious days now live just in memories of Michael, Pippen, Kukoc and other magnificent players but United Center is still as beautiful as it was in those days. Depicted is the game against San Antonio Spurs which Bulls have lost this December.
The United Center is the home to the Chicago Bulls basketball team and Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. Concerts, children's shows, circus, NCAA basketball, figure skating shows, and other events are held hear throughout the year. It is the largest arena in the USA.
Inside is a gift shop for Bulls and Blackhawks merchandise, the exclusive Locker Room Club restaurant, the Chicago Brew Pub & Carvery featuring sandwiches and beer, and the Chicago Stadium Club restaurant. The Executive Suites are available for rental, and are great for entertaining business clients.
Check the website for a schedule of events and ticket information.