The last ballpark built before the retro-classic revolution Guaranteed Rate Field (formerly U.S. Cellular Field and new Comisky Park) opened to poor reviews and a 16-0 loss to the Tigers in 1991. The White Sox have since refurbished the ballpark by removing 6,600 Upper Deck seats, adding Fan Decks, statues of White Sox greats and other modern amenities. Originally named after its predecessor Comiskey Park the White Sox brought some traditions across the way including the exploding Scoreboard and arched windows.
May 23, 2003: Chicago, Illinois
Mike and I decided to celebrate our college graduations by taking a four-day trip to Chicago. We found a weekend when the Cubs and White Sox both played home games. As an added bonus, we had enough time to catch a Brewers game in nearby Milwaukee. I was looking forward to visiting Chicago because it was the second-largest city in the country. Chicago is the home of world-renowned architecture (the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings reside in Oak Park) and a unique baseball tradition. Our trip to Chicago would be the first that required a flight from New York. It was an exciting time in Chicago as Memorial Day weekend brought many special events to the city. The Navy Pier held a fireworks display, the Baseball as America exhibit was in town, and the House of Blues was hosting DMX. With so many choices, Mike and I had to stay focused and experience as much of Windy City as we could. [Read more…]