Chicago is a big sports town. It is big enough to produce two Major League baseball teams. And, while some look at it as a rivalry, I choose to believe there is enough love in this great city to support two teams. I know there are haters on both sides, but I am not one of them. We were invited to a game last season and happily accepted as we are both always up for attending a sporting event.
The original ballpark was built in 1910 and served as the home of the White Sox through 1990. The new Comiskey Park was built right across the street from the old one. As a matter of fact, the home plate from the original building can still be found in one of the parking lots. True Sox fans know where this is, and it didn’t take me long to find someone with a picture to use here. (Photo credit: Sandy McDaniel)
The ballpark was renamed US Cellular Field in 2003 and is now known as Guaranteed Rate Field. Aside from the original home plate, there are many tributes around the park for you to explore. At the main entrance you will find a bronze and granite sculpture that celebrates the 2005 World Series Championship. You can also find sculptures around the inside of the park dedicated to Minnie Minoso, Carlton Fisk, Harold Baines, Frank Thomas, and Paul Konerko. There is also a special plaque dedicated to Jim Thome and his record-setting home runs in the 2008 season.
While the north side team has more of a block party atmosphere, Comiskey Park (yes, I will always think of it as Comiskey Park) has a tailgate atmosphere. There are multiple parking lots and Sox fans come out early and ready to party. I have always liked the tailgate scene with people sharing food, drinks, and playing bags.
This is a great stadium to watch a game in. It is very modern and comfortable. I didn’t look into the variety of food they serve because I am a pretty basic baseball fan. I need a hot dog and a beer. And a good view.
The White Sox offer many promotional dates on their schedule every year. They have the usual “give-away” nights that include t-shirts, hats, and bobbleheads. Additionally, they have $1.00 hot dog Wednesdays, post-game fireworks nights, music nights, and dog days (bring your dog to the game). We happened to go to a game on Chicago Blackhawks night. Alex DeBrincat threw out the first pitch.
One of their more popular promotions is “Family Sundays”. Twelve Sunday home games in the 2019 season will have tickets as low as $5.00 (upper level) and parking for only $10.00. This is a cheap way to see the game, however, if you are looking for a date night away from your own kids (don’t be shy, we all need them now and again), this is not the deal for you.
There are a couple of ways to get tickets: a) Go to the White Sox main website or other ticket vendor (StubHub, etc) and you can purchase single game day tickets, b) go to Groupon or Goldstar and you can get discounted tickets – but they only have a handful of upcoming games available at a time.
We saw a great game, even though it was not a winning game. We did, however, get see a Sox player hit a home run and, with that, came some fireworks. Baseball is America’s pastime – get out and enjoy a game on the South Side!