CHICAGO (CBS) — Free tickets to the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup victory rally at Soldier Field were gobbled up in short order Wednesday afternoon, leaving lots of disappointed fans out in the cold.
Many fans waited up to 30 minutes after visiting Ticketmaster at noon for a chance at tickets, but going in it was clear most would not get one, only 75,000 tickets were available.READ MORE: Jussie Smollett Takes The Stand At His Disorderly Conduct Trial
Within minutes of the tickets being available on Ticketmaster, people were offering them for sale on Craigslist, ebay, and other sites, with some sellers asking for $250 or more per ticket.
CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley reports lifelong Hawks fan Howard Moore is actually pleased the city decided to move the cup rally from the soggy sod of Grant Park to the far more controlled confines of Soldier Field.
He headed to the Lincoln/Belmont library branch where the Wi-Fi was faster than his home internet to try to snag a ticket.
But just after noon, the frustration began as he experienced delays on the website. Then, at 12:05, he was on the site.
It took about 14 minutes of waiting to find that there were no tickets available.
Howard Moore says it was still worth the 20 minutes and wasn’t angry, but plenty of Hawks fans are. They’re complaining on social media about the limits on the size of the rally crowd, and the re-selling of tickets.
With so many fans left without tickets, many questioned why the city didn’t just host the rally in Grant Park, like it did in 2013. However, city officials said that simply was not possible, given the recent weather.
David Kennedy, deputy director of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, said there was no way the rally could have been held on Hutchinson Field in Grant Park, because all the recent rain has left the grass waterlogged.
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