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U.S. Cellular Field

Chicago, IL

Home of the Chicago White Sox

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U.S. Cellular Field (map it)
333 W 35th St
Chicago, IL 60616


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Year Opened: 1991

Capacity: 40,615

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U.S. Cellular Field - Home of the Chicago White Sox

U.S. Cellular Field opened in 1991 to mixed reviews from the White Sox faithful. It replaced Comiskey Park which had lots of history and a cozy feel to it. The new “Comiskey Park” has hosted the All Star Game (2003) and a World Series (2005) yet isn’t held in the same reverence as other Major League parks. In its nearly quarter century of existence, the stadium has undergone a major renovation including taking out rows from the upper deck and changing the seating color scheme from blue to green.

There is a certain working class feel to U.S. Cellular Field, from the neighborhood that surrounds it to the fans who attend games there. There aren’t many frills at the park, few scenic views, and the fans are a no nonsense bunch. That’s the general vibe on the south side of Chicago and the fans seem to like it that way.

The White Sox have been in existence since 1901 but success and history have been limited. They were one of the dominant teams of the first two decades of the 1900’s. World series titles in 1906 and 1917 as well as AL pennants in 1901 and 1919. After the Black Sox scandal in 1919, they went to only one World Series in 86 years. After not winning a world series title for 88 years, a title finally came to the south side in 2005.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

If you are a foodie, Chicago is the right city for you and U.S. Cellular Field won't disappoint. Food choices for any taste or appetite can be had here. Standard ballpark fare is offered in multiple locations throughout the park. Food options such as hot dogs, nachos, and French fries are cheaper than the MLB average. A basic Bobaks hot dog in some places around the park go for just $3.75. Load up on condiments and it can be a cheap ballpark meal.

French fries seem to be the latest trend at MLB stadiums and the Irish nachos are a real treat, and fit the Irish community on the South Side. Fries, sour cream, bacon, and chives in a kelly green white sox helmet make it seem like you are eating loaded potato skins.

Another potato treat which will cure any hunger is the loaded baked potato. You get your choice of chicken carnita, beef barbacoa, or bacon as well as your choice of toppings. I went with the chicken as well as all available toppings. It was very tasty and almost more than I could handle. For $7.50, it was well worth it.

Another must have is the smoked sausage found at various areas around the concourse. Cheap and basic, yet so good. A plump sausage grilled in front of you with your choice of grilled onion or grilled sauerkraut. For $5.50, it is a meal by itself.

Unique offerings at U.S. Cellular Field are offered in many areas as well. Beggars Pizza is offered for $5.50 a slice, and quality toppings and ingredients are used. Most parks use Dominoes, Little Caesars, or some other ubiquitous pizza chain, but Beggars is worth the price spent.

There are a few kinds of cheesesteaks offered including a pastrami cheesesteak. Bacon on a stick is another treat offered. It seems pricey for what it is but looks and smells good.

The most notoriously hyped concession offering is a twelve scoop, three and a half pound ice cream sundae. Designed to be casually eaten, I imagine some fans have gone solo and challenged themselves to devour this massive dish. There are many gluten free options as well.

For fans who are thirsty, there are many beverage stands around the park. Pepsi products are the soda of choice and range from $4.50-$5.50. Beers range from $6.50-$9. There is a Beers of the Midwest stand, but it seems like a lumping of craft brews stand in one place as Lagunitas Brewing and others at the stand encompass North America, not just the Midwest. There are a couple of Leinenkugels stands that will mix and match various Leinenkugel beers to make combinations such as a honey bear (honey weiss and berry weiss).

The concession lines aren't long, but there are much better options downstairs than there are upstairs. If you have a ticket for the upper deck, try to get your food before heading up to your seat.

Atmosphere    3

If you are here for the atmosphere at the park, you may want to head nine miles north to Wrigley Field. The view facing the outfield features a highway and apartments across interstate 94. When sitting in the upper deck on a clear day, Lake Michigan is visible. A view of the Chicago skyline would be ideal. There are very few obstructed views at U.S. Cellular Field but the seating pitch feels steep, especially in the upper deck. Even after taking out multiple rows of the upper deck, one feels as if they need mountain climbing gear to scale the stairs in the 500 level. Seats in the 100 level are comparable to those in any in MLB.

One huge drawback to the park is the lack of being able to move around from level to level. Ticket holders in the 500 level rarely can go down to the 100 level due to the configuration of the stadium. There are security guards checking tickets at the 100 level gates to ensure this policy is enforced. For games with light attendance, the guards seem to not be at their post or look the other way. For popular games such as winning teams or weekend games, your ticket will be checked. One way to get around this is getting a shoppers pass as there are items sold downstairs that aren't available upstairs.

The White Sox have made an effort to try and create a family atmosphere. A fundamentals gaming area is a big hit with children and families. The White Sox hall of fame statues throughout the lower concourse are fun and interesting to see. This does bear repeating, a lower level ticket allows you to see a whole lot more. The concourses are wider and you have access to the whole stadium. An upper deck ticket, not so much.

Neighborhood    2

Let's face it. The location of the park doesn't do this place any favors. Bordered on the east side by the Dan Ryan Expressway (I90/I94) and parking lots surrounding the stadium, it feels like a suburban park in the middle of a city. People seem to arrive and leave in a quick manner. U.S. Cellular Field is in the Armour Square/Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. It's a working class neighborhood. Older, gritty, and close knit. It's a place where you wouldn't want to venture too far off the beaten path without knowing your surroundings.

There are some good restaurants and bars nearby. Buffalo Wings and Rings is located four blocks west of the park and has free parking and a shuttle to the game. The free parking of course is valid only with a game ticket and they watch this closely. Cork and Kerry is another good choice before a game and is two blocks north of the stadium.

The best bet for the adventurer is Schaller's Pump. It's an eight block hike from the stadium, but their food is good and the prices are fair. Everything on their menu tastes like how your mom or grandmother cooked. It has the feel of a small town dive bar inside and the same people have owned it for many years. The restaurant has been open since 1881 and the place is a Chicago icon. Be sure to get there early as it fills up quick.

If you are a fan of Chinese food, there are some great places in Chinatown, one CTA red line stop north of 35th Street. There are few hotels in close proximity of the stadium. Most travelers will stay in the suburbs where the prices are cheaper or splurge and stay downtown.

Fans    3

Fans at U.S. Cellular Field are passionate yet inviting. Unless you are a Cubs fan, most fans in opposing jerseys are welcome with some gentle ribbing or conversation, especially with division rivals. The knowledge of the game here is top notch and you are just as likely to chat up an eight year old as you are a 70 year old nun in the bleachers. There aren't any signature chants here but the fans seem into the game during the whole duration.

Access    3

Access to the stadium is pretty simple whether it's driving or mass transit. The red line CTA trains drop you within a block of the stadium and the green line CTA trains stop within blocks of the stadium. Simply put, there is no reason to not go to Sox games due to traffic. For fans coming from the north or south, taking the CTA to Sox games is a no brainer. For fans wanting to drive, it is an easy off easy on drive from interstates 90 and 94. There are multiple bus routes to the stadium as well as cabs and other modes of transportation.

For those that drive, there are plenty of parking lots close to the ballpark. Adjacent lots are pricey but the convenience is huge. It is suggested to plot your exit before you park. If parking on the north side of the stadium near 31st or 33rd Streets, you can drive north after the game and avoid the traffic. Parking south or west of the stadium could pose some long wait times.

It is worth mentioning again in terms of access: If you have a ticket in the 500 level, it is tough to get the main 100 level concourse. Consider spending more and getting a lower level seat. Your game experience will be better.

Return on Investment    3

The White Sox offer some great discounts on Sundays and non-desirable game days. Family days are featured on Sundays with discounted parking and discounts on select tickets. The game day promotions staff does a great job with giveaways. There are few money making giveaways such as bobbleheads. However, there are more thought provoking giveaways such as jerseys, hats, and other team merchandise. If taking mass transit, the total gameday experience can be a cheap and thrifty day at the ballpark. Also, plan to have a quick meal at the park as the prices are among the cheapest in the majors, and the food is better than most ballparks.

Extras    4

The variety of food earns a couple points here. The giveaways are worth another point. The exploding scoreboard and nod to history at old Comiskey Park are worth another point. Visiting home plate at old Comiskey Park brings one back to the era where Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Shoeless Joe Jackson patrolled the field.

Final Thoughts

U.S. Cellular Field was the last stadium to be built before the retro stadium craze started in 1992 with Oriole Park at Camden Yards. There aren't many memorable features about the park outside of the exploding scoreboard in center field. Entering the stadium makes you feel like entering a library or old government building with a courtyard in the middle. That being said, there are lots of great food options, the fans are passionate, and the El train takes you right to the stadium. If fans can look past the design flaws, lack of anything to do around the park, and lack of character from the park, it is a decent place to watch a game.

Attended a day game at US Cellular Field Yesterday, the weather wasnt the best 50 degrees and a cons

Attended a day game at US Cellular Field Yesterday, the weather wasnt the best 50 degrees and a constant rain, but besides that an enjoyable experience. The stadium is quite easy to reach from the "L", making for easy get to and getaway once the game is over. Have to give the fans a 5 out of 5 since even through the heavy rain the majority of fans never left thier seats.The food is great, if you go have to try the dog with fried onions one of the best things I've ever consumed in my life. The out of park entertainment Paul is pretty right on with, bring your walking shoes. But overall I have to say despite the weather have to give this ballpark experience a 4 out of 5.

by pderrick | Apr 26, 2010 06:27 AM

It\'s easy to forget that this team won it all just a few short years ago in 2005. Unfortunately wit

It's easy to forget that this team won it all just a few short years ago in 2005. Unfortunately with so much attention paid to the team on the North side of town, that's just the way it is in Chicago. The Cell was built right before teams started getting creative with their new parks; as such it's a big building with little character. The neighborhood surrounding offers little. I do enjoy the option for tailgates that many city parks lack; since there is an abundance of parking lots here, you'll find lots of fans grilling and playing bags before games. And White Sox fans are die-hard, so the energy in the park is good.

by jonah | Apr 27, 2010 09:34 AM

Although Chinese food isn\'t available in the park, it can be brought in. The policy at the park is

Although Chinese food isn't available in the park, it can be brought in. The policy at the park is to allow food to be brought in, provided that it's not in a hard container. We've been turned away when trying to bring in food in Tupperware. But we've been allowed in with food that we brought from Chinatown, provided that it was in the cardboard box containers. It works with any food. We bring sandwiches and fruit in plastic bags - no problem.

by zeker434 | Oct 07, 2010 07:04 PM

Level Selection

Hi Paul - Question about the level selection. If I got a ticket to say the 500 level, would I still be able to walk around the 100 level and see all the wonderful things you talked about? Or, does the stadium restrict entry to levels based on your ticket (like Dodger Stadim)? Thanks.

by megminard | May 06, 2011 11:02 PM

RE: Level Selection

Nope. If you get a 500 level ticket, then you're restricted to the 500 level - not a good thing.

by paul | May 06, 2011 11:49 PM

blue seats

The two blue seats in the outfield represent where the home runs landed from Paul Konerko and Scott Podsednik hit home runs during the 2005 World Series run.

by fookayooka | May 24, 2011 04:49 PM

RE: blue seats

That's cool...I didn't know about those. I'll have to check that out the next time I'm at the park. Where are they?

by paul | May 24, 2011 07:21 PM

RE: blue seats

I believe one is in left center and the other is in right field. Not exactly sure which sections, though. I do know that the left center one is in a section fairly close to the batter's eye.

by BelugasandBHawks | Apr 14, 2012 09:47 AM

Bullpen Sports Bar

Just thought I would a few things to the article.
1. The Bullpen Sports Bar is located in the right field under the seats and behind the fence. Opens early before the game and a great place to watch BP and maybe get a ball.
2. The new(er) Bacardi Sports Bar is now open across the street from the Stadium and is fun. Has outdoor and indoor seating and a ton of TV's inside. Bar and grill food, and drinks can be pricey but typical for stadium bar.
3. Also next door to the bar is the new two level fan shop for all Chicago sports (moslty Sox).
4. Lastly, a simple piece of advice for anyone heading to game in 2013, the red line (transit) that drops you off right next to the stadium will be under construction at some point this year and likely not open. The green line is another 4-5 blocks down and is usuable. I am sure that the organizaiton will have other ideas in place for fans that typically take the red line.

by mitch1674 | Mar 01, 2013 03:19 PM

Love this park

With the Sox being my favorite team I guess I'm biased saying that this is my favorite ballpark. The atmosphere at a Sox game is always entertaining and the food is the best in the majors. The outfield concourse is always a good spot to hang out and talk baseball with fans, sit in the bleachers and you're guaranteed to have a good time.

To add to what Mitch was saying about the red line it will be closing on May 19th and will be closed until October, it will be closed from the Cermak-Chinatown station to 95th. The red line will be using the green line tracks and go to 63rd and Ashland where the green line normal goes, the green line will only be going to Cottage Grove.

by chicagowhitesox91 | Mar 17, 2013 11:47 PM

Red Line Closing

Thanks for sharing that info on the red line shutting down. Wow, that is going to cause a lot of problems for commuters from the south side. The green line still works for fans who don't want to drive for games. The walk is a bit further, but not unreasonably so. Good news for parking revenue for the Sox though. Also, fans should keep in mind that the Cell has some of the best tailgating in MLB, so that can be worth the parking cost if you plan to arrive early and make a day of it.

by paul | Mar 19, 2013 11:34 AM

Red Line is reopen

The Red Line is open again. The Dan Ryan Branch was completely rebuilt in those five months that it was shut down and provides a much faster trip to and from 95th than before.

The Green Line is actually three blocks from the ballpark, it runs in an alley between State and Wabash.

by chicagowhitesox91 | Dec 03, 2013 09:30 PM

What game day atmosphere?

Much like Miller Park in Milwaukee, the atmosphere outside of Comiskey Park (I will never refer to this stadium by it's new "corporate name" - sorry, I'm old school like that) is rather bland. There's not much around the stadium per se and it's not like you get a nice view of Chicago from the stadium (I wonder if it would've been too much to have home field positioned where fans behind home plate can get a nice view of Chicago's iconic skyline).

I will say that accessing the stadium via the L is much better at Comiskey than at Wrigley. The 35th/Sox station is more spacious than the Addison station, though it can get a little crowded after games.

With that said, if you ever get a chance to hit Chicago when the Cubs and White Sox are playing on the same day - especially when the Cubs play during the day and the Sox play at night - do it. I got to do that three years ago and look forward to doing it again this summer (though it will be Sox playing a day game and Cubs at night).

by ctrabs0114 | Apr 23, 2014 11:34 PM

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U.S. Cellular Field

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

There's a bit of an edge at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox, that is difficult to explain without the use of some cliche like "blue-collar." Nothing that I am able to think of adequately describes the feeling inside a White Sox game, so I'll just leave it there, with an edge.

This "edge" translates to the fans as an energetic baseball-focused experience. The food is some of the best in the Major Leagues, the concourses are wide, and the fans are true. There's everything you are looking for. And in many ways it is the antithesis of the northern neighbor at Wrigley Field.

It's an eminently walkable stadium, as long as you have 100 level tickets. This is my major criticism of the Cell. The experience from the 500 Level is so vastly different (read: worse), and segregated from the outstanding experience found in the lower section. It's more than just the view that is better on the lower concourse; it is also the food selection, ability to circumnavigate the entire stadium, and even the quality of the restrooms. This is definitely a stadium to spring for the pricier seats if you are able.

U.S. Cellular Field, Home of the White Sox

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

Many long-time White Sox fans continue to refer to the park as Comiskey, but when U.S. Cellular Field is referred to as "The Cell," it conjures up images of a dark and foreboding fortress. This image does not do the park justice. It is a wide open structure with great sight lines and large concourses that will be enjoyed by most fans of the great sport of baseball.

It's still Comiskey to me.

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

The best part of the new Comiskey (why I insist on calling it Comiskey, when its namesake, early 1900's owner Charles Comiskey. was a fantastic jerk is beyond me) is what so many criticize it for. It has great sightlines, a huge, walkable concourse with great field views, and is essentially a more recent Kaufmann field. I like that, as it's not pretending to be something it's not, just a good place to see a ball game.

good times...

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

Went to the cell this past weekend for the first time. The ball park is really easy to get to, just hop on the red line. They have good food and big beers... makes for a great night any day of the week. Also I was lucky enough to be there for the Friday night fireworks and watch Andruw Jones smoke a fastball to left for the walk off homerun

good times...

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

Went to the cell this past weekend for the first time. The ball park is really easy to get to, just hop on the red line. They have good food and big beers... makes for a great night any day of the week. Also I was lucky enough to be there for the Friday night fireworks and watch Andruw Jones smoke a fastball to left for the walk off homerun

I like it...

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 0

I really enjoying going here for games. Being able to hop on the Red Line and get delivered to the field is a huge plus. I've had some great food here (corn cup is a must) and haven't ever had a bad view regardless of where I've sat.

A Nice day at the park

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

The Cell is a pretty bland stadium, and the upper-deck seats are not good for anyone with a fear of heights. That said, it's easy to get to on the red line and the tailgating is great. Not something you find at a lot of other baseball venues. I was there on opening day a few years back and t was a blast.

12 in a row for the Tigers!

Total Score: 4.29

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Saw my beloved Tigers play the Sox on 9/13 (night game) and 9/14/11 (day game). I went with my wife for the night game and highly recommend club seats for a "date night" (we were in section 316). Outfield bleachers were fine for the next day and I recommend these for a game with the buddies or family. If you are cheering on a visiting team get a seat around section 105 near the opposing bullpen. You can get right next to your favorite pitchers. The food is top-notch for stadium grub, better than what I have had at either Wrigley or Soldier Field.

Better than Wrigley

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

I may be one of the only people in the world that actually enjoys this place more than Wrigley but I do. Wrigley has great history and and great fans but I think "The Cell" is the better park. I have only been to Wrigley once as well as "The Cell" once so I'll try not to be harsh and chalk it up to just being more impressed with "The Cell". Wrigley definitely has the better neighborhood though one of the best in all of sports.

U.S. Cellular Field: Home of the Chicago White Sox

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

I’ll say this much for U.S. Cellular Field: it is the perfect complement to the Chicago White Sox. Not without its flaws and problems, the park epitomizes the team and its fans to an almost alarmingly eerie rate. A relic of the 1970s-early 90s era of ballparks in which bigger was better, and the ramp down from the upper deck stretches on for what seems like miles, there’s a feeling of being trapped in time.

For a team like the White Sox, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

New Comiskey Much Nicer than the Original New Comiskey

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

When it opened, the ballpark was a mix of concrete and a squeaky clean, bright bowl of seats. Everyone used to love the Old Comiskey, but with age showing the landmark poorly, it was time for a change. After a few years of the first New Comiskey, interest began to wane. Then the club transformed it into a "classic" venue where much of the old style environment was put back in (such as the pull shower along the outfield concourse). It is a much more enjoyable venue wide concourse and a nod toward a classic ballpark. Great stuff.

Not Great but Not Bad Either

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 2

When the ballpark first opened, it was a disaster. Who was the moron that thought of Dodger Blue seats? But since then there has been a number of renovations (including getting new seats) that have greatly enhanced the fan experience. I love sitting in the outfield bleachers the crowd is fun and unlike Wrigley bleachers the people actually watch the game.

My biggest knock against The Cell is that the nieghborhood is not the most pleasant. So it's go to the game and head on home. Wish there were options to hang out after the game.

Treat YourCELLf to a Great Game

Total Score: 4.86

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

A few years ago, I went to my first White Sox game with my dad. So we take the the Amtrak "Wolverine" train to Union Station, caught a cab and headed to the park. We got there late, but it was just in the bottom of the 1st inning when we arrived. because of the hot weather, we had to change our seats, originally from the outfield to right behind home plate, so my dad paid 100 dollars for home plate seats. The food we had was awesome, the game atmosphere was great, we listened to great organ music by organist Nancy Faust who was there(as in being hired)at the time. The PA Announcer Gene Honda had a great bass voice. It was sunny, plus we won. The fireworks(even in the day time)were great to listen to. So come down to Chicago to see a white sox game.

A place for a fan and a family

Total Score: 3.71

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

There is not a bad seat in the house thanks to the renovation. The access is fantastic as you have 3 different train lines all within 4 blocks and I94 and I55 are right there. Parking is plentiful. The neighborhood offers some bars and places to eat to the west of the stadium, within walking distance. The food at the park is up there among the best in MLB. The quality is good and there are a lot of options. The Sox also offer a wide variety of beer from the standards to imports and "beers of the world" stands are located around the park. My younger kids love it for the "fundamentals" section which offers all sorts of baseball activities for kids from running the bases vs. an animated backdrop to actually coaches working with your kid on their swing. The product on the field is usually pretty good and the Sox have a host of giveaways and promotions that make it a great park for any family.

The UnFriendly Confines

Total Score: 2.43

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 1
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

I didn't care for U.S. Cellular Field. It's literally right next to a highway and has no neighborhood surrounding the park. The food was average and the seating was adequate. There was nothing about this ballpark that makes me want to return. We sat in the upper infield section and were denied access to the lower level to view the statues in the outfield. We paid more for our tickets than the outfield seating but weren't allowed to access that part of the ballpark without getting permission from an elevator attendant who gave us a break. The atmosphere in the outfield section was like a college party. The bathrooms were disgusting and the people were terrible. With that having been said, I liked the statues in the outfield. They were the only bright spot in an otherwise dull stadium.

Great Ballpark

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

US Cellular Field gets a bad rap from many people who have never been to a game here or who have not attended a game in quite some time. First, the food is top notch and plenty of variety from Cuban sandwiches, brats, nachos, hot dogs and burgers. Second, the wrap around concourse offers great views of the playing field and provides visitors to visit statues of former players, cool off under the fame showers, or visit one of the team stores. Third, parking is secure and only $10 on Sunday games where the Sox wear a throwback uniform. There are many who are afraid of the neighborhood, but it is not as bad as people say. There are homes, businesses and retail shops in vicinity. True, you are unable to walk to many of them from the ballpark, but the are is safe enough. Last and not least, the Sox fan is die-hard and hardcore fan who lives and dies with their team. I wish the Sox would lower prices in certain section for some of their games, but there are opportunities to save on tickets.

So many suites

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

The thing that stuck out to me was the amount of suites. Three levels of them from foul pole to foul pole was outrageous.

Overall, it was nicer than I was expecting. The amount of stats that are shown on the various video boards is kind of silly. I don't know that fans really want to see a different stat after each and every pitch during the game.

Be sure to visit the old Comiskey home plate located in the parking lot near the Bacardi at the Park.

dull

Total Score: 2.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 0
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 0
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 2
  • Extras: 3

dull and soulless ..... compared to Wrigley field

only saving grace was the decent food

didnt help that there must of only been 4 thousand fans in the place

easy to get to though

The Cell Has Come a Long Way

Total Score: 3.14

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

U.S. Cellular Field seems like a completely different park than the place the opened up in 1991. The White Sox heard the initial complaints and have done a lot over the years to make the place more fan friendly.

There are tons of food and beverage choices. Today, I had a jalapeno cheddar sausage and irish nachos in a green White Sox mini helmet.

The atmosphere can vary depending on what time of the year the game you're attending is played and where the Sox are in the standings. The fans aren't going to come if a bad team is being rolled out. When things are going good like they did in the mid 2000's, the place can be electric.

The neighborhood isn't the best and it obviously doesn't compare to Wrigleyville. Recent additions to the park include the Chicago Sports Depot store and the ChiSox Bar and Grill.

Access is great because the park is right next to the Dan Ryan and the Red Line.

My biggest complaint is that if you don't have a lower bowl ticket, you can't even walk the lower concourse. That policy was put into place after the Ligue family ran on the field and attacked a coach, but that was nearly a decade ago and not all fans act like those two morons.

South Side Surprise

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 4

From when it opened in 1991, the park was probably no more different than the cookie cutter stadiums with the large upper bowl, concrete awnings, and just a sterile feel to it. How things have changed. The White Sox upgraded by making it feel like a modern park and they did it almost perfectly. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised on my visit to "The Cell."

The place gets a bad label I think for what it used to be and the fact it isn't Wrigley Field. But truth be told, there isn't much to dislike about this park. It was a great experience.

FOOD: Great in variety with both food and drinks. Plenty of options for foods such as the Italian Beef sandwiches, brats, Italian Sausages, jalapeno cheddar sausages, veggie burgers, and the newly famous 3 lb grand slam helmet. Since I took my family we had the helmet and it was actually very good. In regards to the rest of the menu, the fries were good, but save your time getting a Italian beef sandwich and wait for an authentic place.

ATMOSPHERE: Again, people rip the place notably for the upper level, but it isn't much different than most of these new parks. When you go in, you get a good baseball atmosphere that in a lot of these new parks are lacking.

NEIGHBORHOOD: It hasn't been as bad as I thought, though I probably wouldn't stay around there at night. But there is not a whole lot outside the area and I wasn't going to try to find out.

FANS: I heard horror stories about the fans being rowdy, rude, etc. before I went, and it might be true if the Tigers are in town. But the fans I came across were very friendly and respectful. They were also into the game and have a great knowledge of the game.

ACCESS: Easy. Take the Dan Ryan Expressway and you are pretty much there. You park right by the park on Sundays for $10 (normally $20). Pretty reasonable.

ROI: Prices for this park are very reasonable compared to other MLB parks. Most foods hit $5-7 and some "combos" were only $8. We scored tickets for $15 in the lower left field corner and you could see anywhere in the park just fine. Probably nicer if souvenir prices were reasonable, but they weren't.

EXTRAS: The place was very clean and although not scenic, was a nice place. Remember, all you get is baseball. I also like the fact the sightlines at this park are magnificent. Definitely one of my favorite parks.......and I hate the White Sox.

U.S. Cellular Field

Total Score: 3.29

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 3
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 2

Has the feel of a classic ball park, good place to catch a game. Good variety of food and beer to find around the stadium. Parking is fairly easy to find, but traffic getting to the game can be horrible. Not a lot of things going on to keep the fans involved but overall a good experience.

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