Saturday night’s game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins in Soldier Field was supposed to be a marquee event to reinvigorate the NHL after a long layoff from the Sochi Olympics, but with cold weather threatening a postponement, ticket sales for the Stadium Series game are as cold as the weekend forecast.
Public demand was strong when tickets were initially on sale, but the secondary market has been icy for people looking to sell their tickets and avoid the sub-zero wind chill and with four inches of snow in the forecast for Saturday afternoon, it could be a unforgiving night for those in attendance.
“(Demand) was strong for a long time leading up to the last month or so,” said Dan Murphy, who works in the purchasing department at Gold Coast Tickets in Chicago. “I would say the last two weeks just when people were able to access the 10-day forecasts, they’ve kind of maybe thought I don’t want to go out there. We probably have as many sellers as buyers.”
There is something to be said for mystique as this will be the first NHL game in the home of the Chicago Bears, but as someone who has lived in Chicago and endured many Chicago winters, there’s something to be said for watching the game on high-definition television at home with the furnace working overtime.