The Blackhawks and Bulls are gearing up for annual Circus Trip, and it will reportedly be their final one.
According to Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus won't return to the United Center after this year:
The Circus and Ice Show trips have been a staple for the teams for decades and date back to when they occupied the Chicago Stadium. But when the present contracts expired, changes were made.
“The reason we’re doing this is two-fold,” Terry Savarise, Senior Vice President of Operations for the United Center, said Monday. “One is that in future years the Bulls and the Blackhawks no longer have to endure two two-week road trips and a subset of that is that those two two-week road trips had resulted in a compression of our home-game schedules which usually ended up having too many home games for fans in a short period of time.
“There were times when you’d have four home games in a one-week period, which fans didn’t like."
Disney on Ice, which forces the Blackhawks and Bulls to go on a second lengthy trip away from home, will also be shortened to one week starting in 2018.
The Blackhawks, who own a 14-3-2 record across the last three seasons on this trip, will visit the Jets tomorrow night on CSN while the Bulls will open their road trip in Portland.