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U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago is home to the White Sox of Pro Baseball. Chicago White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf issued an ultimatum in 1988: Build his team a new ballpark or he was going to move them to St. Petersburg, Florida. His threats were deemed serious and ground was broken on the new Comiskey Park in 1989, directly across the field from old one. When U.S. Cellular Field opened in 1991, the Chicago White Sox became the first team in the 1900s to open a new stadium.
The $167-million facility, paid for mostly by a new hotel tax, was the first baseball-only stadium to be built since 1973. In their first season in the new stadium, the Chicago White Sox set a franchise record of just under 3 million visitors in a season. The first Chicago White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field was on April 18, 1991, when they hosted the Detroit Tigers. It was announced in 2003 that wireless service provider U.S. Cellular had purchased naming rights at a rate of $68 million for over 20 years.
U.S. Cellular Field has been renovated in five phases since 2001 in an effort to make it more fan-friendly. In the first phase, three rows of seats were added between the dugouts and the foul poles and the bullpens were moved and replaced with bleachers, among other adjustments. The second and third phases saw improvements made to the main and club level concourses, and various fan and party decks were added. The various phase three renovations cost approximately $20 million. Phase four cost approximately $28 million, and phase five is expected to be completed in 2006.
Throughout the phases of renovations, the total seating capacity of the stadium has changed from year to year. When it first opened in 1991, the seating capacity was 44,321 people. It reached a high of 47,098 seats in 2004, and the current capacity stands at 40,615 people. Included in that capacity are 84 luxury skyboxes on two levels. U.S. Cellular Field is commonly referred to by Chicago White Sox fans as "The Cell." Some of the dirt from the old Comiskey Park was transferred onto the field at U.S. Cellular Field. The 2003 Pro Baseball All-Star Game and related activities and festivities were hosted at U.S. Cellular Field. In 2005, the Chicago White Sox won the World Series for the first time since 1959 and various games throughout the Pro Baseball Playoffs and World Series were played at U.S. Cellular Field.
Getting there and getting around
U.S. Cellular Field is located at 333 W. 35th St. on the south side of Chicago. Public transportation in the form of the CTA Red Line elevated train is recommended, since there is no parking available in the neighborhood surrounding U.S. Cellular Field without a residential sticker. There is plenty of paid parking available in designated parking lots around U.S. Cellular Field. The best way to get to the stadium is to take I-94 and remain in the "local" lanes. There are a limited number of wheelchairs available at Gates 3 and 5 and at the Guest Relations Booth on a first-come, first-served basis. They are used to transportation purposes only and cannot be signed out for the duration of the game.
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