When picking seats at the United Center, seats in section 300 are typically the most affordable. The United Center setup varies depending on the event, but most seats in section 100 provide the best view for concerts and basketball games.
For hockey games, a person picking section 100 tickets should make sure he's in row 1 or 2. In the other rows in that section, his view may be obstructed by the dasher boards and glass. It's typically easier to see plays develop from higher rows in section 100. Section 200 and section 300 are generally cheaper, but still provide a good view.
For basketball, the lower sections tend to provide better views but cost more. The United Center provides courtside seats for basketball games, which are in front of section 100. These seats are typically the most expensive but are also the closest and have in-seat waiter service. The center section 200 seats are considered the Lexus Club, which also offers in-seat waiter service.
Concert set up varies, but some of the best seats are in sections 111 to 113, 121 to 122 or 101. These seats have optimal sound and viewing. Although floor seats are the closest, if the seats aren't in the first 10 rows of section 1, 2 or 3, then seating in sections right off the floor is usually a better option. Floor seats aren't elevated, so view obstructions are common.