Sunday, January 1, 2012: THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE GAME
I’ve been told that it is the highlight of highlights at any sporting event in Chicago. One of the hottest tickets this season in Chicago was the December 30th hockey game between rivals Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Black Hawks at the United Center. Tickets were at a premium and attendance was the highest of the season – 22,166. The game atmosphere had play-off energy, yet it was the anthem singer and the crowd response that was unforgettable!
During the singing of the anthem by Jim Cornelison, the crowd erupted and throughout the anthem the crowd noise was overwhelming! I’ve never heard anything like it before. It surpassed anything I’ve heard at any sporting event – including the Super Bowl. The singer Jim Cornelison is a graduate of the master’s program in opera at Indiana University.
The crowd response was spellbinding. It is worth gate admission to hear the “Star Spangled Banner” at the United Center in Chicago.