U.S. Cellular Field is a baseball park, located in Chicago, Illinois. The park is the home of the American League baseball team the Chicago White Sox, and was first opened for the 1991 baseball season. The White Sox had previously spent 81 years at Comiskey Park, the new field was opened under the same name until 2003, at which time U.S. Cellular bought the naming rights for $68 million to be paid out over 20 years.
The stadium is located 35th Street and Shields Avenue in Armour Square, in the Bridgeport neighborhood and was built upon the parking lot of the old Comiskey Park. The park was built using a few design features of the old park; the most notable is the "exploding scoreboard'', which is a replica of the one at the old park. The park was opened and received several complaints from the fans, so as a result there have been numerous renovations to bring the park up to the current architectural trends.
The stadium houses 84 luxury boxes located on two levels, thousands of "club'' seats spread out over the 300-level mezzanine on the upper and lower deck. For guests sitting in the club seats, there is in-seat wait staff, an enclosed concourse with many television viewing screens and bar-type concession areas. In 2009, there are another series of renovations planned that will be performed on the park. Once completed, the eastern most pedestrian ramp demolition, removal of the top two levels of a foot bridge and the installation of new elevators and enclosures will make the park more accessible and provide better views of baseball games.
There are several attractions in the park that provide additional interest to fans and out-of-town guests. The Fan Deck provides a panoramic view over the stadium which sits on top of the center field concessions stand, the deck includes catered food and beverage service, and the deck can accommodate up to 150 people. The Pontiac Fundamentals Deck is located in left field and is 15,000 square feet in size. The Pontiac Deck is devoted to young fans of the White Sox and provides them with the chance to learn about the fundamentals of baseball. There is a youth sized whiffle ball diamond, coaching clinics, pitching and batting cages, "batting'' boxes and areas for both base running and skill construction. These are just a few of the many areas that add enjoyment when visiting U.S. Cellular Stadium.
Since it opened, the park has been the site of many memorable baseball games, and the park welcomes hundreds of thousands of people every year. Visitors to the park can enjoy concession areas, a gift shop, a speed pitch machine and many other amenities. For people visiting the park from out of town, there are tours available for groups of ten or more on Tuesdays and Fridays, on game day; tours begin at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on non-game days. The tour includes the home dugout, the press box, the field, the suites and Stadium club; and guests will need to make advanced reservations. No visit to Chicago would be complete without taking a tour of the stadium and attending a White Sox game, the park welcomes over 500,000 guests and fans per year that come to enjoy the ultimate baseball experience.