The Bulls joined the NBA as an expansion team in the 1966-67 season. Chicago wasted no time making the playoffs, becoming one of the most successful expansion franchises in NBA history in making the playoffs eight of their first nine seasons. Led by Jerry Sloan, the early Chicago teams were known for their stingy defense, helping the team reach the playoffs time and again. After a fast start, the Bulls struggled for a number of years before 1984. With the third pick in that draft, the Chicago Bulls’ trajectory would forever be changed, as the team selected a 6-foot-6 guard out of North Carolina. Michael Jordan immediately established himself as the Bull’s best player, leading the team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals as a rookie. To help their star, the Bulls built up a supporting cast almost as great as Jordan himself, including the likes of Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant and Bill Cartwright. The missing piece was finally in place when Phil Jackson was named the team’s new head coach. Jackson and Jordan teamed up to win the franchise’s only six championships in an eight-season span from 1990-91 to 1997-98. Chicago has retired four numbers and honored two other coaches and general managers in the team’s history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Chicago Bulls basketball tickets.
2016 Bulls Season Preview
The Chicago Bulls have strung together solid season after solid season, but have failed to reach the Eastern Conference Finals since 2011. Last season saw Derrick Rose get hurt once again, but he returned and played in his most games since his MVP season in 2011. Much of Chicago’s chances in 2015 will ride on the health of its superstar. If Derrick Rose is able to stay healthy, he might have the most talented cast around him in his career. Jimmy Butler is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, and the duo of Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah is one of the best defensive front courts in the NBA. Throw in the hot shooting of Doug McDermott, and Kirk Hinrich, and the 2015 Chicago Bulls roster is as solid top to bottom as it has been since Michael Jordan retired. Look for Chicago to challenge the elite teams in the Eastern Conference, and if Derrick Rose can stay healthy, the Chicago Bulls are legitimate title contenders in 2015-16.
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Chicago Bulls Basketball at United Center Address: 1901 W Madison St, Chicago, Illinois, 60612
The Bulls play their home games at the United Center, located in Chicago, Illinois. When filled to capacity, the United Center holds more than 20 thousand screaming fans. Around the United Center are statues commemorating many of the famous faces in Bulls history, including Johnny “Red” Kerr, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan. The Chicago Bulls home bench at United Center is located in front of sections 101-102. United Center parking information is covered in our Bulls event guide.
Bulls vs Pistons
Noted as one of the most intense rivalries in the history of the NBA, this matchup peaked in the last 1980s when Michael Jordan elevated himself as one of the best players in the league and the Detroit Pistons became title contenders. These two teams met in the playoffs four times in the row from 1988-1991 with the Pistons taking the first three series until the Bulls finally got over the hump against “The Bad Boys” en route to their first NBA title.
Bulls vs. Knicks
These two teams have met every season since 1966 and became one of the top rivalries in the league in the late 1980s when both teams were fighting for supremacy in the Eastern Conference. This matchup saw icons like Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Patrick Ewing grace the court. After a stretch of both franchises struggling, the rivalry has had a revival in recent seasons as the teams have improved.
These two teams met in the playoffs on a consistent basis during the 1990s, but the rivalry has started to peak in recent seasons as games are often physical and at times have led to ejections. Trash-talks is always a factor when these two teams meet and has extended to the head coaches. With both teams fighting in the Eastern Conference, this rivalry will only continue to get better.
Bulls vs. Bucks
This rivalry extends to the other professional sports because of the close proximity between the two cities. These two teams first met in 1968 and have met often times in the playoffs throughout the series. Both teams were frequent playoff contenders in the late 1980s and early 1990s which saw the rivalry peak, but it has revived in recent years highlighted by the two teams featuring young and upcoming stars.
Gaining most of it's competitive nature from the '90s, Michael Jordan and Reggie Miller fueled the Bulls Pacers rivalry for many years. The two teams became regular playoff contending teams bringing basketball fans one of the most memorable Conference Finals 7-game series in 1998. Recently the rivalry between Chicago and Indiana has been revitalized with the emergence of Derrick Rose and Paul George as front runners of the opposing teams.
Bulls in the NBA Finals, Eastern Conference Championship and NBA Playoffs
The Bulls ruled the NBA world in the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s headlined by icon Michael Jordan. With a pair of 3-peats during the 90s, the Bulls have established themselves as one of the premier franchises. The Bulls have also added 5+ conference titles and won over 8 division titles over the years that will only increase in the years to come.
Chicago Bulls Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff for a Bulls game?
Gates open to the general public 90 minutes before tipoff. Chicago has some of the best pre-game shows in the NBA and it is always fun to walk around the United Center. Getting there when the doors open gives you plenty of time to walk around, find your seat, and maybe even grab a snack without missing any of the game.
How can I buy cheap Chicago Bulls tickets?
TicketCity offers a big selection of Chicago Bulls tickets which include some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Bulls tickets fluctuate based on demand and opponent. Marquee Eastern Conference opponents, like the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers, and New York Knicks can drive up home game prices. While cheap tickets are more plentiful for non-conference opponents. Those early season games may offer best opportunity to purchase Bulls tickets near face value.
Where are some good places to eat before a Bulls game?
When you think Chicago you think deep-dish pizza. There are a few great pizza places near UC, we recommend checking out Pequod’s Pizzaria, Macello, or Homeslice. The United Center is only a few miles from greektown, and Artopolis, Taxim, and Athenian Room are all well worth the drive. If you are looking for more classic American dining, try Palace Grill, or Girl & The Goat.
Where can I find the 2015-2016 Chicago Bulls schedule?
The Bulls 2015-2016 schedule is listed as soon as it is announced by the NBA. The Bulls play in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference, which means games against the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Milwaukee Bucks. Game times are announced by the NBA as soon as the TV schedule is set. Chicago Bulls’ home opener against the New York Knicks is typically one of the most popular games. If you are looking for Bulls news or scores, then visit our partners at CBS Sports. They are also a good source for the official Chicago Bulls team roster.
Where is the best place to park at United Center?
There are parking lots surrounding the UC ranging from $24-$40. We recommend trying the north or east sides of the arena, because that is where the largest lots are located. Purchasing a parking pass lets you park closest to the stadium. Chicago also has tremendous public transportation, with buses dropping off close to the stadium until 30 minutes before game time. Just make sure to plan your route before you leave.
Can I buy Chicago Bulls season tickets?
Chicago Bulls season tickets are available to buy until tipoff of their home opener. Check our listings above or call us if you would like to purchase Bulls season tickets. Let us know if you want a particular section at United Center.
Does my child need a ticket to the game?
Unlike most arenas, United Center determines whether a child needs a ticket to enter based on height. If a child is 36’ or taller they will need a ticket, any child shorter will be allowed to sit on their parents lap for the duration of the game.