Comiskey Park, U.S. Cellular Field & Guaranteed Rate Field – Home of The Chicago White Sox
The Chicago area is known for its pizza, its wind-whipped streets, and its sports teams. In fact, the “Windy City” proudly boasts not one, but two major league baseball teams: The Chicago Cubs and the White Sox. A beautiful park first built as New Comiskey Park, Guaranteed Rate Field, is the home field of the White Sox, a baseball team playing in the American League. One of the great Chicago sports arenas just as The United Center home of 2 Chicago teams.
The White Sox
Founded as a baseball team in 1900, The Sox was originally named the Chicago White Stockings. Their iconic logo, featuring the word Sox in black Roman lettering, debuted on uniforms in 1912. The team has the distinction of being the first to print the names of each player on his jersey. The franchise is known for its black, silver, and white uniforms. Southpaw, the team’s child-friendly mascot is a “green dude” who sports the team’s signature stripes. Several songs have were associated with baseball team over the years, becoming the unofficial ‘battle cries’ of the team. The first, Let’s Go Go Go White Sox, was written by Captain Stubby and the buccaneers. The second, Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye, by Steam, became a stadium anthem after it was played by the team’s organist, Nancy Faust as a reaction to a rival team’s pitcher being pulled during a pennant race. The third, Sweet Home Chicago, sung by The Blues Brothers, is traditionally played after every White Sox victory.
A New Name for Comiskey Park
Comiskey Park officially became Guaranteed Rate Field on October 31, 2016, though the park was opened in 1991. Located in the heart of Chicago’s south side, Guaranteed Rate Field sits west of the DR Expressway at 333 West 35th Street, directly across the street from the original Comiskey Park. The state-of-the-art facility lies within the Armour Square neighborhood. At full capacity, Guaranteed Rate Field can hold a whopping 40,615 fans with tickets available at a variety of price points. 103 High-end luxury suites span two levels of the stadium. 1822 club seats are spread across the 300 level mezzanine, an area found in the space between the lower and upper deck that has in-seat wait staff. Seats in the Lower Box area fetch a premium of $300 per ticket. Tickets in the Upper Corners, however, can be reserved for as low as $55 a seat.
Getting to Guaranteed Rate Field
Locals recommend taking the L Rapid Transit System, commonly referred to as simply ‘the el’ to Chicago White Sox games, where camaraderie is high and fans gather to share in the evening’s excitement. Guaranteed Rate Field is accessible by public transit via Green Line, Rock Island District, and the neighborhood’s Red Line. Alternatively, the park can be accessed by car. Eight main parking lots flank the streets surrounding the field, all with reasonably-priced parking spaces.
Pride of the Second City
Whether they’re rooting for the Cubs or the White Sox, one thing that most Chicagoan’s can agree on is that baseball is an integral thread in the fabric of Chicago. Comiskey Park, along with its home team baseball team, are a rich source of history and pride and continue to shine as much light on the great city as the Chicago World’s Fair.
Guaranteed Rate Field
333 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60616