Packers-Bears tickets sold out in 1 minute

January 19, 2011 4:20:38 AM PST
It's the hottest ticket in town and possibly one of the most sought after in Chicago sports history -- the Bears vs. Packers in the NFC Championship game.

A limited number of tickets for the big game went on sale Tuesday at 2 p.m. Most fans didn't have a chance -- they were gone in less than 60 seconds.

People hoping to avoid paying for tickets above face value tried Ticketmaster Tuesday, but most came up empty-handed. Those who already have tickets might be tempted to sell them and rake in the cash, except one fan, a life-long, diehard Bears fan.

Hopeful Bears fans either logged on or phoned in to Ticketmaster, hoping to snag tickets to Sunday's ultimate showdown, the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers.

But in the blink of an eye they were gone. A limited amount of tickets released by the Bears Tuesday were snapped up in less than a minute.

If you still want tickets, and are willing to pay much more than face value, ticket broker websites like StubHub are an option. Right now, prices range from $450 to $3,000 per ticket.

"We could probably sell these for what we would pay for all next year," said Tony Perrone.

Perrone owns season tickets to the Bears. The tickets were first owned by his uncle and given to him in 1950 when he was 17. Now, at 77, the diehard Bears fan can count on one hand the number of games he's missed over the years and proudly shows off four tickets to this Sunday's game.

Perrone says, no amount of money can make him part with his tickets, and he's already gotten offers.

"Nothing. Not a dime. Zero," Perrone said.

Perrone has an impressive collection of memorabilia, old programs, a football signed by Walter Payton and ticket stubs. He says he understands how other ticket holders may want to cash in on their golden ticket and sell it, but he says, apart from losing the experience of watching his favorite team in person, he doesn't want to risk losing his tickets for good.

"You gotta be wary of who you're selling them to," Perrone said. "You may sell them to somebody with good intentions. Then he sells them. Then you don't know who's going and you have a problem."

Perrone has pretty good seats in the southwest corner. All four season tickets cost just under $40,000. He says he knows he could make at least that selling his tickets to this Sunday's game, but he would never consider it.