Friday, July 15, 2016

My First Chicago White Sox Game at U.S. Cellular Field

I often write about Chicago Cubs games and how much I love them. There's no place like Wrigley Field; it's magical. But I just had to also visit U.S. Cellular Field, where the White Sox play. A low-key goal of mine is to go to baseball games at all the major league stadiums. So far I've been to Wrigley Field, Chase Field, Coors Field, Nationals Park, Miller Park and U.S. Cellular Field. As you can see, I have a long way to go.

My friend and I opted to drive to the stadium because we live on North Side of Chicago and taking the train would take too long. I purchased parking in advance on the White Sox website for $10 on a Sunday. (The cost goes as high as $20 from what I could tell.) The parking was in Lots F or L. We had no idea where to go, but by chance we ended up at the south entrance of the parking lots. Fans were tailgating and playing corn hole with elaborate setups as we walked toward the gates. At the entrance, we had plenty of space to line up to pass through security. By contrast, Wrigley's lines get so long that you are sometimes wrapping around the ballpark or crowded into the street.

When you enter, you immediately take an escalator to the next level, where the 100-level concourse entrance is. We walked around and marveled at all the food options. We liked that there are different choices available, and Coke products are served (vs. Pepsi)! I'm a lifelong Coca-Cola fan, so this is an important detail for me. I went with fried mac and cheese as my first pick, and then went to grab some Mexican corn (mixed with butter,  mayo, chili powder, cotija cheese, lime juice). I loved that this is available, because it's a constant craving for me in the summer. My friend and I shared tater tot nachos, so needless to say we ate a lot of cheese.

The weather could not have been more perfect. It was a sunny day with a cool, refreshing breeze. The stadium still had plenty of seats to fill, but the atmosphere was fun and friendly. I'm glad I checked U.S. Cellular Field out!

Our seats were in Section 102 and only cost $15 for a game against the Atlanta Braves. I liked the view, and our neighbors in the row said they'd catch any balls coming our way, so I felt comforted. My hands were full of food, after all.

I share clips of the game in my weekending video below. Please subscribe to my channel for more weekending updates. 

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