15 Musts When Going To A Chicago White Sox Game
Chicago White Sox Game Musts
With less than five weeks till U.S. Cellular Field will once again begin hosting baseball games, Chicago White Sox fans all over the Chicago-land area are starting to purchase tickets for the 2013 season. It’s hard to beat going to the ballpark on a warm summer night, and watching the White Sox battle a MLB foe. And while the game itself is pleasing to most Sox fans, spectators can enjoy much more than just baseball when heading to a White Sox game.
In order for all Sox fans to get the most out of the experience of taking in a White Sox game, I’ve comprised a list of 15 musts when attending a game at “The Cell”. Some of the activities and attractions are located right inside of U.S. Cellular Field, and others can be found a few blocks from the stadium. Also, some of the things listed are best done before or after the game, while others can be experienced during the ballgame itself.
From kids going to their very first White Sox game, to season ticket holders, I guarantee there is an appealing attraction for all crowds partaking in a Sox game. By doing some, if not all the activities I’ve put on my list, your enjoyment of a White Sox game is bound to increase. Mouth watering food, White Sox memories and unlimited black and white apparel are just a few of the highlights you’ll find when scrolling through my list.
Without further delay, here are my 15 musts for fans attending a Chicago White Sox game.
Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha.
2005 World Series Champions Plaza
Located in front of Gate 4 at U.S. Cellular Field, this diamond-shaped plaza pays tribute to the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox. Surrounding the plaza are bricks inscribed with fan messages and memories. The center of the plaza contains a large monument with bronze images of Paul Konerko, Joe Crede, Juan Uribe and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez. Each image recognizes a key moment from the White Sox 2005 postseason run, which ultimately ended in their third World Series Championship. This plaza makes for a fantastic photo for all Sox fans upon entering U.S. Cellular Field.
Bacardi at the Park
A fairly new addition to “The Cell”, Bacardi at the Park can be found at Gate 5. Offering an extraordinary food and drink menu, along with over 65 flat-screen TVs, Bacardi at the Park is the perfect pit stop before making your way into the ballpark.
Big Ed’s Beef Pizza & Sweets
Big Ed’s Beef Pizza & Sweets, located inside the park in sections 100 and 154, is the one stop shop for all Chicago style foods. Making one of the best Italian Beefs in all of Illinois, Big Ed’s is a great mid-inning snack.
Chicago Sports Depot
Right next door to Bacardi at the Park, Chicago Sports Depot provides shoppers with exclusive White Sox merchandise. With over 12,000 square feet, you can also find other Chicago sports team threads at Chicago Sports Depot. 77 video monitors span the store, so fans can shop for all their White Sox needs, without missing any game action.
Featuring a youth-sized wiffle ball field, batting cages and much more, the 15,000-square-foot Comcast Fundamentals area is perfect for young White Sox fans. Located above the left-field concourse, if attending a Sox game with kids, Comcast Fundamentals should be on your To-Do List.
With Chicago Sports Depot opening, Grandstand may not seem like a necessary stop before enjoying a White Sox game. However, the atmosphere at Grandstand, a Chicago sporting apparel store, is like none other. Located on 35th Street, Grandstand goes together with a Sox game like peanut butter goes together with jelly.
Magellan Scout Seats
Costing a couple hundred dollars each, Magellan Scout Seats may not be an every game experience for fans. However, seeing a game from the Scout Seats is worth every penny. Located in the first 11 rows behind home plate, you can’t get much closer to the action. Included in your ticket price is free food and drinks, which will be brought out to your seats by waiters. Also, you’ll be treated to a Levy Restaurants’ premium buffet and an open bar. When given the opportunity, Sox fans should never pass up the chance to sit in the luxurious Magellan Scout Seats.
Old Comiskey Park Home Plate
Located out in Lot B, Old Comiskey Park’s home plate is the only thing that remains from the old ballpark. After knocking down Old Comiskey in 1991 and building a brand new park, most memories of the historic stadium have evaporated. But for fans who were lucky enough to see a game at Old Comiskey, or for newer generations of White Sox fans who’ve only seen pictures of the old stadium, stepping into the batters box from the Old Comiskey Park is something that should be on all avid Sox followers bucket lists.
Old Comiskey Park Shower
Out in left-center field, near section 162, is yet another remainder of Old Comiskey Park. With summer temperatures on the South Side of Chicago that can reach triple digits, Old Comiskey Park featured showers in the outfield where fans could cool off. Taking a page out of Old Comiskey, U.S. Cellular Field has a shower of their own in the outfield concourse. When at a Sox game, on a humid summer day, head to left-center field between innings to rinse off.
Although it may cost you an extra $30-$40, all White Sox fans should invest in a Patio Pass when traveling to “The Cell”. When purchasing a Patio Pass, you’ll have access to The Patio before and during the game. The Patio, located underneath the right-field stands, offers all you can eat stadium food, along with all you can drink sodas and beers. The Patio also allows fans to have a unique view from field level in the right-center gap. With most ballpark hotdogs costing at least $5, and a beer at a ballgame being about $7, paying for a Patio Pass is well worth it.
Paul Konerko and Scott Podsednick Seats
During the off-season following the White Sox winning the World Series in 2005, all of the outfield seating at "The Cell" was replaced with new forest green seats. However, two of the old light blue seats remain at U.S. Cellular Field. One of the seats, located to the right of the White Sox bullpen, marks the spot where Paul Konerko’s World Series Game 2 grandslam landed. The other seat never traded in for a new green one shows where another 2005 World Series Game 2 homerun landed. Located in right-center field, this blue seat symbolizes Scott Podsednick’s 9th inning walk-off dinger. If you get to the ballpark a few hours before game time, take a stroll down memory lane by checking out Paul and Scott’s seats.
PrivateBank Fan Deck
Giving fans maybe the best view from inside of U.S. Cellular Field, the PrivateBank Fan Deck is great for fans with some down time before the first pitch. Placed right above the batters eye in centerfield, the PrivateBank Fan Deck is also available to rent for large groups traveling to “The Cell”.
A few blocks west of U.S. Cellular Field, sits Schaller’s Pump. Located on South Halsted Street, Schaller’s is the perfect bar to swing by before and after White Sox games. With an outstanding ambiance, Schaller’s combines White Sox passion, along with great food and drinks. Schaller’s is also a bang for your buck by allowing their customers to park in their lot for free. A one of a kind atmosphere, palate pleasing foods and free parking make Schaller’s a game day must.
Watch White Sox Starter Warm Up
If you’re able to get to U.S. Cellular Field an hour or so before the game is slated to start, make your way to the White Sox bullpen out in left field. There you will be able to watch the Sox starting pitcher warm up, and you can interact with some of the South Siders relievers. A fan pleasing group of guys, the members of the Sox bullpen are usually good for an autograph or two. It’s also interesting to see how different White Sox hurlers get ready before a start.
White Sox Statues
From Carlton Fisk, to Frank Thomas, the White Sox have honored a handful of their greats by building them statues in the U.S. Cellular Field outfield concourse. When at a White Sox game, find the various statues throughout “The Cell” and take the opportunity to pose for a picture, or just soak in the glory of the Sox legend.