Vote: Better experience--Bulls game or Hawks game?

February 29, 2012

They call it the Madhouse on Madison, and it's home to two teams charging toward the playoffs. But which is the better United Center atmosphere: a Bulls game or a Hawks game?

Bulls

Even if we're going on relative temperature alone, the Bulls win this one hands down. Just try to tell me you'd rather be shivering in the nosebleeds than watching Benny the Bull perform his magic. Yes, our mascot does get a little handsy with the Luvabulls from time to time, but I trust them to know when to order him to back off. Add the full-out glory of watching players like Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in their prime and you get the primo fan experience at the United Center. That's where you'll find me, anyway.

--Georgia Garvey (ggarvey@tribune.com | @gcgarvey)

Hawks

Even before puck drop, Hawks fans cheer so loudly that it rivals the noise meter at basketball games—and that's just for the national anthem. Hawks fans are loud and proud the entire game. They don't need to be told by cheerleaders, mascots or players to stand up and clap for the team or a play. In a split-second, fans are on their feet jumping and dancing to "Chelsea Dagger," yelling at the opposing team for taking cheap shots and egging on players when the gloves come off. The excitement gives you goose bumps. Well, maybe that's the chilly air. Need another reason why Hawks games are better? One word: Patrick. As in Sharp and Kane. Need I say more?

--Leonor Vivanco (lvivanco@tribune.com | @lvivanco)

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