White Sox Baseball: ‘See You at the Rate’
So timeless a performer was Minnie Miñoso that he was still collecting hits well into his 50s. Outside-the-box thinker and former team owner Bill Veeck experimented with everything from leisure-suit-inspired uniforms (complete with shorts and oversized collars) to the infamous Disco Demolition Night of ‘79. This is where Hall of Fame hurler Tom Seaver won his 300th game, where Jim Thome smacked home run No. 500, where Bo Jackson launched a mammoth blast to clinch the division in ‘93. This is where they sing “Let’s Go, Go-Go White Sox.” The team once inked NBA great Michael Jordan to a minor league contract. Shortstop-turned-manager Ozzie Guillén helped the franchise bring an end to an 88-year drought in 2005, guiding the team to the World Series title.
Shoeless Joe, Old Aches & Pains, The Cuban Comet, Little Nel and El Duque? They all suited up here.
No wonder the Chicago White Sox have so many fans (Barack Obama included).
Since 1991, the three-time World Champion ChiSox have called Guaranteed Rate Field home, the 40,615-seat Armour Square gem on the South Side of Chicago. StubHub presents an insider’s guide to all you’ll need to know/see/do when visiting “The Rate.”
Mustn’t-be-Missed Pre-Game Ritual: Why should football fans have all the fun? Tailgating has become an artform in the Guaranteed Rate Field parking lots, which open two hours prior to first pitch. Burgers, brats, beers — they’re South Sider staples.
Best Spot to Snap a Fomo-Inducing Selfie: In front of a statue of an all-time great. In White Sox Legends Sculpture Plaza, you’ll find likenesses of Minnie Miñoso, Carlton Fisk, Billy Pierce, Luis Aparicio, Nellie Fox, Frank Thomas, Paul Konerko and 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Harold Baines.
Favorite Drool-Worthy Menu Item: The things they do with French fries these days. At the Savory & Sweet Stand in Section 110, you’ll find Greek Fries, Irish Fries, Buffalo Chicken Fries, Dusted Fries and Chili & Cheese Fries. They’ve even got Desert Sweet Potato Fries (covered in powdered sugar, pecans, whipped cream and Nutella).
Best Seats to Catch a Foul Ball: Along the first (Sections 111-122) and third (Sections 142-153) baselines.
Best Seats to Catch a Home Run: Big bopper José Abreu often deposits dingers in Sections 157-159 (Outfield Reserved), just above the left field bullpen.
Best Ballpark Transportation: Guaranteed Rate Field is serviced by the Chicago Transit Authority’s Red (to 35th-Sox) and Green (to 35th-Bronzeville-IIT) lines, a Rock Island District/Metra train (to 35th St. “Lou” Jones Station), and several CTA bus routes (1 Bronzeville/Union Station, 4 Cottage Grove, 24 Wentworth, 35 35th, 39 Pershing, and 44 Wallace/Racine). In addition, Pace offers direct bus service from six suburban locations.