As I'm sure most of you reading this know, I get to go to a lot of Bears games thanks to my inlaws. It is, in fact, widely joked around the Babbitt household that the Bears tickets were a driving force in my decision to propose to her (and I want to reassure my lovely wife that the tickets were no higher than #3 on a list of reasons why I married her.)
This week when people have found out I'm going to the game I'm met with one of two reactions. Either the person is incredibly jealous, or they say "do you know how much you can get for the tickets???"
Now since these tickets are not in fact mine to sell, the question is purely hypothetical, but it does make you think. What's the price on a chance to see an amazing sports moment? I've never been in attendance at a Chicago championship, but I've been to some pretty good ones. The leader in the clubhouse right now has to be the Bulls' game 6 victory over the Celtics in the playoffs two years ago, highlighted by this play here:
Sam, Will, Altay and I were watching that play from almost the last row of the upper deck behind the basket at the other end of the court, and I can say definitively that the moment was 100 times better in person, and worth well over the $50 we each paid for the tickets. But where does the line stop?
Earlier this week reports were suggesting tickets could go between $2,000-3,000. Now our seats are pretty darn close to being among the best in the house (30 yard line, north end zone, visitors side, 16th row) but when I looked on stubhub earlier this week, equivalent seats were going for 1,300, and checking back today they're down to $900. Still a large amount, I know, but it should still be a no-brainer for any true Bears fan not in dire financial straits.
But what if, in a world where these were my tickets, someone offered me $5,000 for them? $10,000? I don't know where mine falls, or if there even is one. The idea of selling them sickens me just because of the possibility of a "priceless" kind of moment, which you could never enjoy fully since in the back of your mind you'd always be kicking yourself for having the chance to be at the game and selling out.
Of course it works the other way, too. There's always the possibility the game would be a blowout and then it's basically like you're out the money you could have gotten for the tickets, which would be a huge blow as well. But the first idea scares me more than the second one.
I'm glad this decision is purely hypothetical for the time being. However, in the event that the Cubs (God-willing) make it to the World Series in my lifetime, and are in position to play a clinching game at home...