Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas: Part II of III – Chicago Sports Tickets
The roaring crowd after a goal. The smell of hotdogs wafting through the ballpark. The countdown to the buzzer and last-second three point shot, swoosh. It’s all about the experience. Being there. Being able to say you were there when he made that impossible putt for Eagle to win it all. For the sports fan, the excitement of the game is amplified when you’re at the game.
These are all things I love about my job. I get the opportunity to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences like those mentioned above to people every day. Since it’s the holiday season and last-minute gifts are on a lot of minds, I wanted to provide a reference for those of you out there thinking about doing the same for your loved ones. This is part II, so please feel free to visit the concert ticket ideas post or theater/comedy/family post if you are interested in upcoming concerts or live theater.
Sports Ticket Gift Ideas
NBA & College Basketball
Chicago Bulls | United Center (get tickets)
Bulls fans are excited for the shortened season to begin on Christmas Day in Los Angeles vs. the Lakers. Here are three games that will surely light up any Bulls fan’s face this Holiday season:
Chicago Bulls vs. Memphis Grizzlies (Season Opener) | Sunday, January 1 7:00PM
Chicago Bulls vs. Boston Celtics | Thursday, February 16 7:00PM
Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat | Wednesday, March 14 7:00PM
(view full schedule)
College Basketball | Northwestern Wildcats (get tickets) & DePaul Blue Demons (get tickets)
There are lots of local rivalries coming right to our backyard. Tickets for these games tend to be pretty reasonably priced, making for a nice stocking stuffer for the college hoops fan.
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Illinois Fighting Illini | Welsh Ryan Arena | Wednesday, January 4 6:00PM
Northwestern Wildcats vs. Michigan State Spartans | Welsh Ryan Arena | Saturday, January 14 2:00PM
DePaul Blue Demons vs. Marquette Golden Eagles | Allstate Arena | Monday, February 6 8:00PM
NHL & College Hockey
Chicago Blackhawks | United Center (get tickets)
A Blackhawks game is always a good choice for the avid fan. Hide the tickets in a Blackhawks stocking cap for an extra surprise! Our friends over at Clark Street Sports have an awesome selection of Hawks apparel online or at any of their many locations in Chicago and the suburbs.
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Detroit Red Wings | Sunday, January 8 6:30PM
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Washington Capitals | Sunday, Mary 18 6:00PM
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vancouver Canucks | Wednesday, March 21 7:00PM
(view full schedule)
If you are looking for a unique gift for a hockey fan who went to go to Ohio State or Michigan, consider The Frozen Diamond Faceoff taking place at Progressive Field, where the Cleveland Indians play during the spring/summer.
Frozen Diamond Faceoff | Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH | Sunday, January 15 5:05PM (get tickets)
NFL & College Football
If the stars align perfectly and the Bears make the playoffs, a Bears playoff game ticket would rock any fans’ world. If that 3.4% chance doesn’t pan out, there are still some options for the avid NFL or college football fan if they have been really nice this year (the price tag is not cheap and travel arrangements would need to be made).
Allstate BSC National Championship Game: LSU Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide | Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA | Monday, January 9 7:30PM CT (get tickets)
Super Bowl XLVI | Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN | Sunday, February 5 6:30PM ET (get tickets)
Rose Bowl: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Oregon Ducks | Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA | Monday, January 2 1:30PM PT (get tickets)
Chicago Cubs | Wrigley Field (get tickets)
With the holidays and cold weather approaching it’s difficult to envision a warm day at Wrigley Field, but for a die hard Cubs fan it’s just around the corner.
Chicago Cubs Convention | Hilton Chicago | Friday, January 13 – Sunday, January 15 (get tickets)
Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals (Opening Day) | Thursday, April 5 1:20PM
Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox (Crosstown Classic) | Friday, May 18 – Sunday, May 20
Chicago Cubs vs. Boston Red Sox | Friday, June 15 – Sunday, June 17
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals | Friday, July 27 – Sunday, July 29
(view full schedule)
Chicago White Sox | U.S. Cellular Field (get tickets)
The South Side team has recently undergone a lot of changes to its bench and staff, so Sox fans will be watching to see how things pan out for their team. Is there a better place to watch than from the comforts of the Gold Coast Tickets Club?
Chicago White Sox vs. Detroit Tigers (Opening Day) | Friday, April 13 1:10PM
Chicago White Sox vs. Chicago Cubs | Monday, June 18 – Wednesday, June 20
Chicago White Sox vs. Texas Rangers | Sunday, July 3 – Tuesday, July 5
Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees | Monday, August 20 – Wednesday, August 22
(view full schedule)
A couple of years ago I asked my dad what his dream golf destination would be and it took less than a second for him to answer “The Masters.” Augusta National Golf Club, home to The Masters is a mecca for lovers of the sport and is literally the hardest ticket in the world to get. Badges and hospitality are available now, but sell out fast.
For those who can not make the trip down to Georgia, the 2012 Ryder Cup will be taking place at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois. Medinah is located about a half an hour from the city’s center and features the most premier golfers in the world.
2012 Ryder Cup | Medinah Country Club | September 25-30 (get tickets)
Ringside, baby! Hook them up with some sweet seats to WWE Monday Night Raw or UFC at the United Center.
There are few things in life that evoke an adrenaline rush as quickly as the sound and vibrations of ridiculously fast cars speeding past you at hundreds of miles per hour. Unless you’re a kid, then monster trucks win every time.
Monster Jam | Allstate Arena | Friday, February 10 – Sunday, February 12 (get tickets)
Daytona 500 | Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL (get tickets)
Indianapolis 500 | Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, IN | Sunday, May 27 12:00PM ET (get tickets)
Photo Source: Joe Johnston