U.S. Cellular Field
U.S. Cellular Field (formerly Comiskey Park) is a baseball ballpark in Chicago, Illinois. Owned by the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, it is the home of the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball's American League. The park opened for the 1991 season, after the White Sox had spent 81 years at old Comiskey Park. The new park, completed at a cost of $167 million, also opened with the Comiskey Park name, but became U.S. Cellular Field in 2003 after U.S. Cellular bought the naming rights at $68 million over 20 years. It hosted the MLB All-Star Game that same year. Many sportscasters and fans continue to use the name Comiskey Park. Prior to its demolition, the old Comiskey Park was the oldest in-use ballpark in Major League Baseball, a title now held by Fenway Park in Boston. The stadium is situated just to the west of the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago's Armour Square neighborhood. It was built directly across 35th Street from old Comiskey Park, which was demolished to make room for a parking lot that serves the venue. Old Comiskey's home plate is a marble plaque on the sidewalk next to U.S. Cellular Field and the foul lines are painted in the parking lot. Also, the spectator ramp across 35th Street is designed in such a way (partly curved, partly straight but angling east-northeast) that it echoes the contour of the old first-base grandstand.

The stadium was the first new major sporting facility built in Chicago since Chicago Stadium in 1929. It was built after White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf demanded a new stadium or the team would be moved to Tampa Bay. The White Sox have exclusive control of the park. It was also the last one built before the wave of new " retro-classic" ballparks in the 1990s and 2000s. However, a few design features from the old park were retained. Most notable is the "exploding scoreboard" which pays homage to the original installed by Bill Veeck at the old park in 1960. The original field dimensions and seating configuration were very similar to those of Royals Stadium (now Kauffman Stadium) in Kansas City--which had been the last baseball-only park built in the majors, in 1973. As originally built, the park was criticized by many fans because of the height of the upper deck. The upper deck was set back over the lower deck, and the stands rose fairly gradually. This was done to avoid the overhang problems that had plagued many stadiums built since the 1970s. However, this created one of the highest upper decks in baseball. The first row of seats in the upper deck at the new stadium is as far from the field as the highest row of seats in the upper deck at the old stadium. The pitch and angle of the upper deck give one the feeling of vertigo. Fans sitting in this area don't get much chance for relief, as it is one of the few parks in Major League Baseball that do not allow fans sitting in the upper deck to venture anywhere else in the park, i.e. lower deck concourse. The new park's design also drew scorn on other fronts. The original roof was much smaller than the old park's roof, and didn't completely cover the upper deck. Due to the field being practically at street level, the original upper deck made the stadium look like a cookie-cutter stadium from the outside. Fans also thought the park looked too modern, despite the presence of old-style arched windows. Mike Veeck, son of the former White Sox owner Bill Veeck, once said, "It had everything but a soul." In response to fan complaints, the stadium has undergone numerous renovations since the 2001 season in order to retrofit the facility to current architectural trends. These new features have included building a multi-tiered concourse beyond center field, adjusting the fences to make the outfield less symmetrical and, most significantly, the removal of 6,600 seats at the top of the upper deck. The uppermost story of the park now has a white and black screen behind the top row of seats and is topped by a flat canopy roof supported by black steel truss supports that obstruct the view of a few seats. The original blue seats were also replaced by forest green seats. The new green and black color scheme, upper level screen set back from the outer wall and canopy roof resembles the old Comiskey Park as well as other classic baseball stadiums. The White Sox have also added murals to the interior concourses, a prominent feature of the old stadium. The stadium houses 103 luxury suites located on two levels, as well as 1,822 " club seats" on 300-level mezzanine between the lower deck and upper deck. The club seats receive in-seat wait-staff and benefit from an enclosed concourse with multiple television viewing areas and bar-style concessions. The stadium has 400 wheelchair-accessible seats, 38 public restrooms, 12 escalators and 15 elevators. The new suites were one example of why the old Comiskey Park was demolished, as suites generate more revenue.

  • PrivateBank Fan Deck: A panoramic view of the playing field on the two-tiered Fan Deck atop the center field concession stands. Fan Deck packages include catered food and beverage service consisting of chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips, popcorn, beer, soda, and water (featuring Miller and Pepsi products). Fan deck can accommodate around 150 people and is available for private group outings.
  • Miller Lite Bullpen Sports Bar: Located in right field next to the visitor's bullpen. Food, drinks and, for a nominal charge, sit in the two-tiered, open-air section, also used for group outings.
  • Rain Room: A place where fans can cool off during hot gamedays. Near section 107 & 537.
  • Comcast Fundamentals Deck: Located in left field. This 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m 2) Comcast Fundamentals area is devoted to young White Sox fans, providing them with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of baseball from Chicago White Sox Training Academy coaches. It features a youth-sized whiffle ball diamond for coaching clinics, batting and pitching cages, batting "swing" boxes for proper batting techniques and areas for base running and skills instruction.
  • Mighty Bites Speed Pitch Machines: Near Section 164 and in the Fundamentals Deck.
  • Majestic Custom T-Shirt Shop: The Majestic Custom T-Shirt Shop stocks various White Sox items from t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts to memorabilia and souvenirs. Customers have their choice of design, size and item to customize and make your own, printed while you wait. Located at sections 123 and 542.
  • New ERA Cap Corner: Baseball caps of all colors, styles and sizes in a wide variety of team logos. Near Section 157.
  • Chicagoland Plumbing Council Shower: A carry-over from old Comiskey Park where fans can cool off during hot gamedays. Near Section 160.
  • United Scout Seats: Located directly behind home plate and contains 314 leather seats. Scout seats offers ticket holders behind-the-scenes access to the ballpark and the world-class amenities for one-inclusive price.
  • The Patio: Located just behind the right center field fence at field level. The patio serves for group outings such as the Bullpen Sports Bar and can accommodate from 50 to 100 people.
  • Diamond Suites: Accommodates 20 to 60 people. Diamond Suite menus include pan-seared chicken with roasted potatoes, roast beef and turkey sandwiches, mixed green salad, hot dogs, dry roasted peanuts, a fresh fruit assortment, beer and soft drinks (featuring Miller and Pepsi products).
  • Miller Lite Extra Base/Upper Terrace Suite: Accommodates from 70 to 400 people in either of the White Sox party rooms. Both areas offer climate-controlled interior space with banquet-style seating, flat-screen televisions, private restrooms, and an outside seating area. Packages include game tickets and catering.
  • Jim Beam Club: Located behind home plate. Features include a restaurant buffet, open bar, in-seat menu and wait service, concierge service, access to private lounge, open air seating in padded, extra-wide 22” seats, private restrooms, flat-screen televisions throughout the club and seating area, private elevator entrance behind home plate at Gate 4, invitations to private on-field events and member parties, early admittance into the ballpark for select games to watch White Sox batting practice from the outfield, priority presale opportunities and former player appearances in the Jim Beam Club lounge.
  • The Stadium Club: A fine dining restaurant located in right field.
  • Minnie Miñoso Sculpture: Located behind Section 164.
  • Carlton Fisk Sculpture: Located behind Section 164.
  • Charles Comiskey Sculpture: Located behind Section 100.
  • Luis Aparicio Sculpture: Located behind Section 100.
  • Nellie Fox Sculpture: Located behind Section 100.
  • Billy Pierce Sculpture: Located behind Section 164.
  • Harold Baines Sculpture: Located behind Section 105.
  • The Two Blue Seats: The seats where Paul Konerko's Grand Slam (left field in section 159) and Scott Podsednik's walk off home run (right center first row in section 101) that landed in game two of the 2005 World Series are the same original blue seats in use at that game.
  • White Sox Champions Brick Plaza: Located at the main entrance to the park, (Gate 4). The plaza is dedicated to the 2005 World Series Champion White Sox and their fans.
  • Old Comiskey Park's home plate: Located just north of the park by Gate 5 in Lot B.
  • "TBD's Sports Garden": A Beer Garden located outside at Gate 5. TBD's is open on gamedays to all fans, 21 years and older (a game ticket purchase is not necessary for admission to TBD's). The outdoor beer garden opens two hours before the start of each home game, and remains open one hour after the final out. The area serves beer, wine, soda and water. TBD's also includes 12 flat-screen TVs.

White Sox Champions Brick Plaza
Each legacy brick is inscribed with a personalized message that has become part of a new baseball diamond-shaped plaza outside the main entrance to the ballpark. A life-sized white bronze and granite sculpture celebrating the 2005 White Sox World Series Championship that stands at the center of the plaza, with a historical timeline of the franchise along the diamond's base paths. The statue weighs over 25 tons. On April 11, 2008, the White Sox paid tribute to the 2005 World Series championship squad by unveiling a new plaza and monument detailing the title run. Prior to the game against the rival Detroit Tigers, team officials, local luminaries, former White Sox players and fans showed up to view the uncovering of the Champions Moments monument in Champions Plaza, located outside of Gate 4 at U.S. Cellular Field. The diamond-shaped plaza contains legacy bricks, which are inscribed with fan messages and memories. The plaza also chronicles the key moments in franchise history. Among those in attendance were then- Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Kenny Williams, as well as former White Sox greats Harold Baines, Ron Kittle, Billy Pierce and Joey Cora. Several current players also came out to witness the unveiling. Catcher A.J. Pierzynski said of the structure: "It's awesome. You see the way they etched the players in and put the photos in it. It's going to be here for a long time. When my kids grow up, they can always come here and look at it." Large bronze images of Joe Crede, Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe, Geoff Blum and Orlando "El Duque" Hernández stand out prominently on the monument. Each image symbolizes a key moment during the team's run to the World Series title. "For the fans to come out and brave , it's a testament to what kind of fans they are," Pierzynski said of the number of fans in attendance. Blagojevich, who is a fan of the crosstown-rival Cubs, was booed after being announced. But he took it all in stride during his speech. "I sure am glad this isn't an election year for me," Blagojevich quipped. Proceeds from the sale of the legacy bricks went to White Sox charities. The organization then announced details for the second round of brick sales. The white bronze and black granite monument was constructed by local sculptor Julie Rotblatt-Amrany of The Fine Art Studio of Rotblatt-Amrany.


1996-99 seasons
  • 1996 - A Bullpen Bar was added in right field.
  • 1998 - The Batter's eye was painted from blue to black.
  • 1999 - A New Bill Veeck Showerhead and Rain Room.

2001-07 seasons
In 2001, extensive renovations were started by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group to make the park more fan-friendly: Phase I (2001 season)
  • Three rows of nearly 2,000 seats were added along the field between the dugouts and the foul poles.
  • Bullpens relocated to allow fans to see pitchers warming up; former bullpens filled with new seats.
  • Two-tiered terrace seating area added outside the Bullpen Sports Bar.
  • Distances to the outfield wall were changed, most noticeably down the foul lines, where the bullpens and the Bullpen Sports Bar are now located.
  • Outfield seating area extended to the fence.
  • Restaurant was added in the outfield.
  • Capacity is increased from 44,321 to 45,936.
Phase II (2002 season)
  • Old backstop with netted roof was replaced with a new "roofless" backstop which allows foul balls to drop into seats.
  • Multi-tiered Batter's eye built in center field.
  • Main concourse upgraded with brick facade, stainless steel counter tops and decorative lighting.
  • Club level concourse enclosed and carpeted with heat/air conditioning and comfortable seating areas throughout.
  • Party deck was added.
Phase III (2003 season)
  • Scoreboard and video boards were upgraded.
  • Full-color, high resolution 28 x 53-foot (16 m) video screen added to center field scoreboard.
  • Two 300-foot (91 m)-long, five-foot-high video LED “ribbon” boards added along the upper deck facade.
  • Design upgrades consistent with the lower deck finished on outfield and upper deck concourses.
  • Fan Deck, featuring food and beverage service in an elevated patio-like atmosphere, built on center field concourse.
  • Outfield steel framework and underside of canopy roof painted dark gray; concrete in seating areas and on pedestrian ramps stained gray.
  • A life size bronze statue of Charles Comiskey placed on the center field concourse behind section 100.
  • Capacity is increased from 45,936 to 47,098.
  • Phase III renovations cost approximately $20 million.
Phase IV (2004 season)
  • Upper Deck Seating Area - Eight rows and 6,600 seats were removed from the top of the ballpark's upper deck.
  • A flat roof, elevated 20 feet (6.1 m) above the seating area, has replaced the old sloped canopy-style roof, covering 13 of the 21 rows of seating.
  • Upper Deck Concourse was partially enclosed from the weather by a translucent wall.
  • Fan Deck in center field upgraded to feature tiered seating and standing room.
  • Lower Terrace balcony added to provide an additional party area and outdoor seating.
  • The outfield wall was redone with pictures of White Sox players who've had their number retired.
  • A life sized bronze statue of Minnie Miñoso placed on the center field concourse behind section 164.
  • Capacity is decreased from 47,098 to 40,615.
  • Phase IV renovations cost approximately $28 million.
Phase V (2005 season)
  • 314-seat "Scout" seating area directly behind home plate added, which offers ticket holders behind-the-scenes access to the ballpark and the world-class amenities for one-inclusive price.
  • FUNdamentals Deck, an area for kids, was added above the left field concourse.
  • Green seats replaced the old blue seats in the Club level and some scattered areas around home plate. The bleachers in left-center field were painted green.
  • A life size bronze statue of Carlton Fisk that was placed on August 7 on the center field concourse behind section 164.
Phase VI (2006 season)
  • Green seats replaced the old blue seats in the entire Upper Deck and the Lower Deck between the dugouts.
  • Enclosed, ground level restaurant was completed, providing a lounge and dining area for the Scout Seats.
  • New banners were hung down on the outfield light towers. One for the 2005 World Series, one for the 1906 and 1917 World Series, one for all White Sox American League pennants, and one for all the division championships.
  • The flags for these titles, now on the banners, were replaced with flags of all the Sox logos in club history.
  • Life size bronze statues of Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio placed on the center field concourse behind section 100.
Phase VII (2007 season)
  • Green seats replaced the old blue seats in the Lower Deck from the dugouts and the entire outfield seating area (including the left-center field bleachers which were previously renovated). The green seats between the dugout and the foul poles have been slightly turned, re-directing them toward the center of the field. (Visually Re-Directed Seats)
  • The seats where Paul Konerko's Grand Slam (left field) and Scott Podsednik's walk off home run (right center first row) that landed in game two of the 2005 World Series are the same original blue seats in use at that game and stand out from the all green seats.
  • The Scoreboard in right field was painted green.
  • A new premium seating/restaurant named the Jim Beam Club is located in the former press box behind home plate on the stadium's Diamond Suites 200 Level.
  • A new press box located on the first base side on the Diamond Suites 400 Level. The facility features 32 flat-screen televisions, wireless internet access and seating for 100 working members of the media.
  • A new custom T-shirt shop
  • A life size bronze statue of Billy Pierce that was placed on July 23 on the center field concourse behind section 164.
  • A Thome Ticker counting down to Jim Thome's 500th Career Home Run (Hit on September 16 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). The ticker was located in right field on the farthest right advertising board. The ticker was then taken down after the 2007 season.
  • The beginning of the White Sox Champions brick plaza in front of the stadium (Gate 4) and Phase I of brick sales.

Extensive renovations (2008-11 seasons)
Renovations added not part of the original plan. 2008 season
  • The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority unveiled the first environmentally friendly permeable paving parking lot to be used by a Major League sports facility on April 8. The new lot (Lot L) saves taxpayer money by substantially reducing the amount of water entering Chicago's stormwater system, improving overall water quality and help reduce the Urban heat island effect.
  • The White Sox Legacy Brick Program unveiled its brick plaza outside U.S. Cellular Field (Gate 4) on April 11. Each Legacy Brick is inscribed with a personalized message and has become part of a new baseball diamond-shaped plaza outside the main entrance to the ballpark. A life-sized white bronze and granite sculpture weighing over 25 tons that celebrates the 2005 White Sox World Series Championship stands at the center of the plaza, with a historical timeline of the franchise along the diamond's base paths. Players on the sculpture from the 2005 team are Paul Konerko, Joe Crede, Orlando Hernández, Geoff Blum and Juan Uribe.
  • Plasma flat screen television sets were added throughout the outfield concourse and at the top of its beer concession stands.
  • A life size bronze statue of Harold Baines that was placed on July 20 on the right field concourse behind Section 105.
2009 season
  • About $15 million in renovations were done to Gate 5 (north of 35th Street) to improve access to the park. The demolition (beginning of November 2008) of the eastern-most portion of the pedestrian ramp and removal of the top two levels of the eastern-most foot bridge across 35th Street, reducing it to one level with continuing access to the park on the main concourse level. The second foot bridge at Gate 5, about 75 yards (69 m) west of the east bridge, continues to offer access to the park on three levels. The project also included installation of escalators in a new, weather-protected enclosure and installation of elevators which will provide additional access for fans with disabilities. The project was completed by Opening Day on April 7 as the White Sox defeated the Kansas City Royals 4”“2.
  • Inside the park, a new scoreboard (23 ft x 68 ft) with 913,000 LED lights (similar to Tropicana Field) replaced the older "American and National League" scoreboard in Right Field. The new scoreboard included current innings, balls, strikes and outs, as well as if there are runners on base and who is at bat and who is pitching while the older scoreboard only showed scores and current innings.
  • For White Sox players a new hydrotherapy room with three combinational hot-and-cold whirlpool tubs. An underwater treadmill, that can curb problems relating to the abdominals, back and knee, as well as strengthens the muscles and hip, is installed in one of the tubs.
  • "The Catch" was written above Billy Pierce's (now above Frank Thomas') retired number, at the location where DeWayne Wise caught a ball robbing a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, saving Mark Buehrle's perfect game on July 23, 2009.
2010 season
  • A new outdoor Beer Garden named "TBD's" is installed by July 26 (when the White Sox hosted the Seattle Mariners) at Gate 5. The new area serves beer, wine, soda and water. TBD's also has 12 flat-screen TVs.
  • Frank Thomas' number and picture was added to the outfield wall as his number was retired.
2011 season
  • A new Metra station ( Jones/Bronzeville) on the Rock Island line (designed by Infrastructure Engineering, Inc.) worth $7.9 million was planned to be opened in 2009, but due to a year long delay of construction the station will open in 2011 after groundbreaking on June 29, 2009. The new station is located East of the ballpark just beyond the I-90/I-94 Dan Ryan Expressway.
  • A multi-level restaurant and bar outside Gate 5 called "Comiskey's". The establishment will feature both indoor and outdoor seating and a wide variety of food, drinks, and entertainment for U.S. Cellular Field guests starting in April 2011. As of now, "Comiskey's" will only be open during the baseball season, but there are plans in the works to make the restaurant and bar a year-round establishment.
  • A life size bronze statue of Frank Thomas will be the eighth statue placed on the outfield concourse. The statue is planned to be unveiled on July 31, when the White Sox play the Boston Red Sox.

Ground rules
Dugout and Photographers' Areas:
  • Ball striking railings in front of photographers' pit and rebounding onto the playing field is in play.
  • Ball striking top step of dugout is in play.
Tarp Area:
  • Thrown or fair ball that remains behind or under the tarp is out of play.
Home Runs:
  • Any fair, batted ball that travels over the yellow line painted on the outfield fence is a home run.

Retired numbers
There are ten retired numbers on the outfield wall at the park, nine on the left-center field wall and one on the right field wall. The one in right field is Jackie Robinson (42) which is retired throughout Major League Baseball. The ones in left center field are retired by the White Sox.

Ballpark firsts

First game
  • April 18, 1991 - Detroit Tigers 16, White Sox 0
  • Umpires - Steve Palermo, Mike Reilly, Larry Young, Rich Garcia
  • Managers - Jeff Torborg, White Sox, Sparky Anderson, Tigers
  • Starting Pitchers - Jack McDowell, White Sox, Frank Tanana, Tigers
  • Ceremonial Pitch - Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson
  • Attendance - 42,191

  • Batter - Tony Phillips ( fly out)
  • White Sox Batter - Tim Raines
  • Hit - Alan Trammell (single)
  • Run - Travis Fryman
  • White Sox Run - Ron Karkovice (April 20, 1991)
  • RBI - Alan Trammell
  • White Sox RBI - Dan Pasqua (April 20, 1991)
  • Single - Alan Trammell
  • Double - John Shelby
  • Triple - Tony Phillips
  • Home run - Cecil Fielder
  • White Sox Home run - Frank Thomas (April 22, 1991)
  • Grand slam - Kevin Romine ( Boston Red Sox) (May 5, 1991)
  • IPHR - Marc Newfield ( Seattle Mariners) (June 21, 1995)
  • Stolen base - Lou Whitaker
  • White Sox Stolen base - Tim Raines
  • Sacrifice hit - Joey Cora (White Sox) (April 20, 1991)
  • Sacrifice fly - Matt Merullo (White Sox) (April 27, 1991)
  • Cycle - Mike Blowers ( Oakland Athletics) (May 18, 1998)
  • White Sox Cycle - Chris Singleton (July 6, 1999)

  • Win - Frank Tanana
  • White Sox Win - Brian Drahman (April 21, 1991)
  • Loss - Jack McDowell
  • Opposing Loss - Paul Gibson (April 21, 1991)
  • Shutout - Frank Tanana
  • White Sox Shutout - Jack McDowell (June 25, 1991)
  • Save - Jerry Gleaton (Detroit Tigers) (April 20, 1991)
  • White Sox Save - Bobby Thigpen (April 22, 1991)
  • Hit by pitch - Dave Johnson ( Baltimore Orioles) hit Carlton Fisk (White Sox) (April 23, 1991)
  • Wild pitch - Mélido Pérez (White Sox) (April 21, 1991)
  • Balk - Bryan Harvey ( California Angels) (May 28, 1991)
  • No-hitter - Mark Buehrle (White Sox) (April 18, 2007)
  • Perfect game - Mark Buehrle (White Sox) (July 23, 2009)

Other firsts
  • Doubleheader - Minnesota Twins (October 3, 1991)
  • Error - Robin Ventura
  • Neutral site - Florida Marlins vs. Montreal Expos. The move to Chicago was due to Hurricane Ivan in Florida. (September 13”“14, 2004)
  • First White Sox Foul Ball was hit by Sammy Sosa April 18, 1991.

  • U.S. Cellular Field can be reached by using the CTA's "L" Rapid Transit system. The stadium's station stops are Sox”“35th for the Red Line and 35-Bronzeville-IIT for the Green Line. The Red Line is also used by Cubs fans to reach Wrigley Field ( Addison Station) on the North side of Chicago. When the White Sox take on the Cubs every year, usually in June, many fans will use the Red-Line to get to the game. The series dubbed the Cross-Town Classic or the Windy City Showdown. A new Metra station will open on the Rock Island line in December 2010, which will help fans with more accessibility.
  • U.S. Cellular Field is just west of the I-90/94 Dan Ryan Expressway. The "Dan Ryan" was under construction in 2006-2007 in hopes of relieving traffic congestion.
  • The park has seven main entrances. Gate One is located on the South side of the park in right field, Gate Two is located on the Southwest side of the park down the right field line, Gate Three is located on the West side of the park on the 1st base side, Gate Four is on the Northwest side of the park behind home plate, Gate Five is located on the North side of the park on the 3rd base side, Gate Six is located on the Northeast side of the park down the left field line and Gate Seven is located on the East side of the park in left field.
  • The main level is accessible only by fans who have a ticket to a seat in the lower level.
  • The park has 8 main parking lots.

Notable games/events

  • April 18, 1991: The inaugural game of the ballpark. The White Sox were defeated by the Detroit Tigers 16”“0. Attendance: (42,191)
  • April 22, 1991: Frank Thomas hits the first White Sox home run in new Comiskey Park as the Sox defeat the Baltimore Orioles, 8-7, in the first night contest in the new ballpark. Attendance: (30,480)
  • April 9, 1993: Bo Jackson homers with his first swing of the bat in the club's home opener against the New York Yankees as he becomes the first Major Leaguer in history to play with an artificial hip. The White Sox would lose though 11-6. Attendance: (42,775)
  • June 22, 1993: Carlton Fisk catches his 2,226th game against the Texas Rangers, breaking Bob Boone's record for games caught in a career. The White Sox won 3-2. Attendance: (36,757)
  • September 27, 1993: The Sox clinched their second AL West title and first in ten years by defeating the Seattle Mariners, 4”“2. Bo Jackson's three-run home run in the sixth inning of this game is one of the more enduring images in the ballpark's history. Attendance: (42,116)
  • October 5, 1993: New Comiskey hosted its first ever playoff game, game 1 of the 1993 American League Championship Series. The Sox lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 7”“3. The park also played host to games 2 and 6 of the series, which the Sox lost, four games to two. Attendance: (46,246)
  • September 14, 1997: Carlton Fisk's number 72 was retired by the White Sox as the Sox played the Cleveland Indians. The Sox would lose 8-3. Attendance: (32,485)
  • May 18, 1998: Mike Blowers of the Oakland Athletics hits the first cycle at U.S. Cellular Field. The Athletics defeated the White Sox 14-0. Attendance: (14,387)
  • July 6, 1999: Chris Singleton of the White Sox completes the cycle against the Kansas City Royals. Singleton's cycle wouldn't be enough as the Sox lost 8-7. Attendance: (11,251)

  • April 22, 2000: The White Sox and the Detroit Tigers end up in 2 brawls in the game. This one lasts for almost thirty minutes and sees eight players from both sides get kicked out along with Sox manager Jerry Manuel. A record number of players would be fined and subsequently suspended. One of the more lingering memories is Sox relief pitcher Keith Foulke suffering a gash on his face courtesy of a sucker punch from the side. The Sox win the game 14-6 and use it as a rallying point for the rest of the season. Attendance: (16,410)
  • April 27, 2000: José Valentí­n of the White Sox completes the cycle against the Baltimore Orioles as he helps the Sox beat the O's 13-4. Attendance: (13,225)
  • June 19, 2000: The White Sox made baseball history when they began selling vegetarian hot dogs during games. The White Sox were playing the Cleveland Indians and the White Sox defeated them 6-1. Attendance: (43,062)
  • May 2, 2002: Mike Cameron of the Seattle Mariners, a former White Sox player blasts 4 solo home runs to tie a Major League record to help the Mariners win 15-4. The Mariners scored 10 runs in the 1st inning and all of Cameron's home runs were hit within the first 6 innings. Cameron hit a fly out to the warning track in the 9th, just missing the record setting number of home runs in a game. Attendance: (12,891)
  • September 13, 2002: The Rolling Stones play the first concert in stadium history.
  • September 19, 2002: Kansas City Royals First base coach Tom Gamboa was attacked on the field by two fans, William Ligue Jr. and son, during a gam
White Sox retired numbers Number Player Position White Sox years Date retired Notes 2 Nellie Fox 2B 1950”“63 1976 Hall of Fame (1997) 3 Harold Baines RF, DH 1980”“89, 96”“97, 00”“01, (coach, 04”“present) 1989-08-20 4 Luke Appling SS 1930”“50 1975 Hall of Fame (1964) 9 Minnie Miñoso LF 1951”“57, 60”“61, 76, 80 1983 "Mr. White Sox" 11 Luis Aparicio SS 1956”“62, 68”“70 1984-08-14 Hall of Fame (1984) 16 Ted Lyons P 1923”“46, (manager, 46”“48) 1987 Hall of Fame (1955) 19 Billy Pierce P 1949”“61 1987 35 Frank Thomas 1B, DH 1990”“05 2010-08-29 42 Jackie Robinson 2B Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947”“1956, Retired by Major League Baseball 1997-04-15 Hall of Fame (1962) 72 Carlton Fisk C 1981”“93 1997-09-14 Hall of Fame (2000)

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