Chicago Bulls Celebrate 40 Years of Tradition
By Randy J. Klodz
With a limited supply of $10 tickets to many of the 37 remaining Chicago
Bulls home basketball games, taking the family to see world-class NBA action
may cost less than one may think.
While the Bulls may have had a rough time since Michael Jordan left the team,
the young Bulls turned an 0-9 start last season into a positive by finishing
12 games over the .500 mark and reached the Eastern Conference Playoffs. Even
while the Bulls struggled in prior seasons, the Bulls remained a top attendance
draw among all NBA teams.
Aside from offering exciting basketball action with such young Bulls players
as Tyson Chandler, Luol Deng, Chris Duhon, Ben Gordon, Kirk Hinrich, stars
such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal, and Yao Ming are
all scheduled to visit the United Center this season.
What’s more, each seating level within the United Center, offers amenities
found on other levels. In some arenas or stadiums, fans seated in the 300
level, usually the highest level, are slighted. But at the United Center,
concessions, restrooms, and plenty of interactive features are plentiful on
each seating level, making a trip to a Chicago Bulls game more than just taking
in a basketball game.
Prior to the start of the Nov. 12 Chicago Bulls game versus the Utah Jazz,
bands on each level performed jazz and classic rock hits as fans viewed gigantic
images of current and former Bulls players, or as fans young and old participated
in many of the interactive games that make a trip to United Center such a
Fans of all ages can be spotted at “Get a Grip” a station located
on the concourse of the 100 level, in which the imprint outline of an NBA
player’s hand, such as Shaquille O’Neal, or the Bulls’ Luol
Deng, is depicted on a makeshift basketball. There fans can compare the size
of their hand to that of NBA greats.
There are also stations that allow fans to compare their wingspan and height
of players like Shaquille O’Neal and Tyson Chandler. The 300 level offers
a station called “Hang Time” in which fans can leap to touch basketball
shaped spinners with measurements listed on each. Several younger fans leapt
for the low 7” marking, while many others jumped high for the 10’6”
mark, the highest point.
Also, just prior to game time, the lights drop, and the world-famous introduction
of the Bulls starting lineup, complete with fireworks, lazers, and a video
montage begins. During timeouts and halftime, fans are treated to numerous
t-shirt giveaways. T-shirts are often shot into the crowd, reaching all levels
of seating, or some shirts parachute from the United Center rafters. The all-female
dance squad, the Luvabulls is a fan-favorite, as is the Matadors, a group
of hefty men who, on select home games, perform a dance routine.
Fans can also enjoy the large viewing screen that often shows live footage,
game replays, interactive games (of which fans can are often interact with
game coupons given out as each enters United Center) and statistics.
The allure of the Chicago Bulls still reaches a worldwide audience, as visitors
can easily be spotted eying the world-famous Michael Jordan statue just outside
the will-call window near Gate 2. Check it out.
United Center is at 1901 W. Madison St. Parking at United Center is plentiful
and can cost between $15 and $25, while public transportation, such as CTA
Bus No. 20, can also be an easy way to commute to Chicago Bulls games at United
Center. For more info on the Chicago Bulls log on to www.bulls.com.