Bears/Packers is the toughest ticket in Chicago sports history

That's the word from area ticket brokers, in advance of this Sunday's NFC championship game between the bitter division rivals. From the Chicago Tribune:

Several brokers said tickets for Sunday's NFC championship game at Soldier Field are by far the most in demand in Chicago sports history, creating a frenetic online market as Bears fans try to decide how much it's worth to see the big game live.

On Monday, $134 seats in the upper reaches of Soldier Field were selling for about $500 each, according to brokers and several ticket resale Web sites. Seats in the stadium's lower levels are going for up to $2,000, said Melissa Janes, who works for a Chicago-area ticket broker.

The "most in demand in Chicago sports history." And "by far"? That's a pretty bold claim. It's not like we're talking about a city that's light on sports history.

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Rocky Marciano made his first title defense in Chicago against Jersey Joe Walcott. The Bears have made two Super Bowl runs before, in '85 and in '06. The Bulls had a moderately successful run with a gentleman named Michael Jordan. The unrequited love the city has for the Cubs has made for some very hot tickets. The Blackhawks have won four Stanley Cups. The White Sox are recent World Series champs. Chicago has had some tough tickets before.

And this Sunday's game stands out among all those as the hottest ticket in Chicago sports history? That's difficult to wrap my head around. I'm not even sure I believe it. If it's true or even close to true, it speaks to the intensity of this Bears/Packers rivalry.

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