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5 Reasons Why U.S. Cellular Field Is Better Than Wrigley Field

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The Cell vs. The Friendly Confines

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The Crosstown Classic, also known as the Crosstown Cup now, will kick off this evening at U.S. Cellular Field. The Chicago White Sox will host the Chicago Cubs for two games before heading to Wrigley Field on Wednesday and Thursday to finish off the North Side vs. South Side rivalry.

If you are from the Chicagoland area, or follow MLB, you are well aware of how much the Crosstown Classic means to both White Sox and Cubs fans. Tonight will mark the 91st meeting between the clubs, with the White Sox currently leading the overall series 49-41.

Despite the White Sox' historic dominance over the Cubs, including a 1906 World Series win, Chicago seems to be populated with more blue and red than black and white.

Another area where most figure the Cubs have an advantage over the White Sox is their home field. Wrigley Field can be argued as a bigger attraction to fans than the Cubs themselves. Although The Friendly Confines has an incredible history and is one of baseball’s most famous ballparks, it doesn’t stand a chance compared to U.S. Cellular Field,.

The Cell, as most Sox fans call it, has turned into one of the better places to catch a baseball game. From 2001 to 2007, the White Sox spent $118 million to upgrade the stadium, and it has definitely showed. There are many attributes that make The Cell the best park in Chicago, but I’ve narrowed it down to the top five.

As the White Sox and Cubs get ready to clash in the Crosstown Classic tonight, here are five reasons why U.S. Cellular beats out Wrigley Field.

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5. Fireworks

5. Fireworks
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Whether it’s when the White Sox hit a homer or a full post-game show, U.S. Cellular Field provides fans with remarkable fireworks while at the park.

Wrigley Field, on the other hand, has never had so much as a Sparkler go off during a Cubs game.

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4. Parking

4. Parking
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U.S. Cellular Field has plenty of parking located right outside the stadium for fans attending a White Sox game. The tradition of tailgating before a Sox game is also seen in the many lots next to the Cell.

Don’t expect the same when catching a game at Wrigley Field, however. If you don’t live within walking distance of Wrigley, you’ll either need to catch a train or a shuttle because parking close to the park at a Cubs game is nearly impossible.

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3. Scoreboards

3. Scoreboards
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Granted, the old time look of Wrigley’s center field scoreboard is one of a kind, but with no scoreboard that shows any type of replay or video, Wrigley is far behind every other stadium in MLB.

The ballpark on the other side of town at U.S. Cellular field not only allows fans to instantly watch replays on the center field scoreboard, but it also has an eye-pleasing scoreboard located in both right and left field. When it comes to between-inning entertainment, The Cell has you covered.

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2. The Food

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Not only does U.S. Cellular Field crush Wrigley Field when it comes to food, it beats out just about every stadium in MLB. The Cell has many unique options for hungry fans including Italian Beefs, a giant White Sox helmet of nachos and some of the best premium hot dogs around.

Unlike Wrigley Field, which has below average food choices at best, U.S. Cellular Field has mouth-watering food located throughout the entire concourse.

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1. The Fans

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There’s no denying it —White Sox fans and Cubs fans are very different.

White Sox fans go to a game to cheer on their team, and they are visibly disappointed if the Sox end up losing. It’s easy to see the passion and pride of White Sox fans while attending a game at U.S. Cellular Field.

Cubs fans, on the other hand, are more concerned about how much beer they drink, rather than if the Cubs win or lose. This obviously isn’t true for all Cubs fans, but the majority don’t live and die by every game. While at Wrigley Field, most Cubs fans spend more time turned around in their seat talking to the people behind them than they do watching the actual game.

If you’re looking to watch a baseball game with true baseball fans, look no further than U.S. Cellular Field.