|Former names||Comiskey Park (II) (1991–2003)|
U.S. Cellular Field (2003–2016)
|Address||333 West 35th Street|
|Coordinates||41°49′48″N 87°38′2″W / 41.83000°N 87.63389°WCoordinates: 41°49′48″N 87°38′2″W / 41.83000°N 87.63389°W|
|Public transit||Red at Sox-35th|
Green at 35th-Bronzeville-IIT
RI at 35th Street-Lou Jones
|Parking||8 main parking lots|
|Owner||Illinois Sports Facilities Authority|
|Operator||Illinois Sports Facilities Authority|
|Record attendance||47,754 (September 24, 2016; Chance the Rapper concert)|
White Sox game: 46,246 (October 5, 1993; ALCS Game 1)
Post-renovations: 41,432 (October 23, 2005; World Series Game 2)
Left field – 330 ft (100 m)
Left-center – 375 ft (114 m) (not posted)
Center field – 400 ft (120 m)
Right-center – 375 ft (114 m) (not posted)
Right field – 335 ft (102 m)
Backstop – 60 ft (18 m)
Outfield wall height – 8 ft (2.4 m)
|Scoreboard||8,000 square foot Center field HD video board 60 feet (18 m) × 134 feet (41 m) (2016–present)|
2,500 square foot auxiliary video boards in Right & Left Field (2016–present)
LED Ribbon Board, facade of the 500 level (2018–present)
Fan Deck Ribbon Board (2003–present)
|Broke ground||May 7, 1989|
|Opened||April 18, 1991|
|Construction cost||US$137 million |
($273 million in 2021 dollars)
US$118 million (2001–2007 renovations)
($154 million in 2021 dollars)
HKS, Inc. (2001–2007 renovations)
|Project manager||International Facilities Group, LLC|
|Structural engineer||Thornton Tomasetti|
|Services engineer||Flack + Kurtz|
|General contractor||Gust K. Newberg Construction Company|
|Chicago White Sox (MLB) (1991–present)|
Guaranteed Rate Field, formerly Comiskey Park and US Cellular Field is a baseball stadium located on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois, United States. It serves as the home stadium of the Chicago White Sox, one of the city's two Major League Baseball (MLB) teams, and is owned by the state of Illinois through the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority. Completed at a cost of US$137 million, the park opened as Comiskey Park on April 18, 1991, taking its name from the former ballpark at which the White Sox had played since 1910.
Guaranteed Rate Field is situated just to the west of the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago's Armour Square neighborhood, adjacent to the more famous neighborhood of Bridgeport. The stadium was built directly across 35th Street from the original Comiskey Park, which was demolished to make room for a parking lot for the new venue. The location of Old Comiskey's home plate is represented by a marble plaque on the sidewalk next to Guaranteed Rate Field, with the foul lines painted in the parking lot. 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 also the last one built before the wave of new "retro-classic" ballparks in the 1990s and 2000s.
A few design features from the old Comiskey Park were retained. The front facade of the park features arched windows. The "exploding scoreboard" 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 original architect, HOK Sport (now Populous), wanted to eliminate the overhang problems present in many stadiums built since the 1970s. With this in mind, the upper deck was set back over the lower deck, and the stands rose fairly gradually. While it gave nearly every seat in the upper level an unobstructed view of the field, it also created one of the highest upper decks in baseball. The first row of seats in the upper deck of the new stadium is as far from the field as the highest row of seats in the upper deck at the old stadium. Due to the field being practically at street level, the original upper deck made the park look like a cookie-cutter stadium from the outside. Fans sitting in this area did not get much chance for relief, as it was one of the few parks in Major League Baseball that did not allow fans sitting in the upper deck to venture anywhere else in the park, such as the lower deck concourse.
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 changes 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 tier 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 are reminiscent of the old Comiskey Park, as well as other classic baseball stadiums. Murals to the interior concourses were also added, 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.
Originally called Comiskey Park, the stadium was renamed U.S. Cellular Field in 2003, after Chicago-based telecommunications company U.S. Cellular purchased the naming rights at US$68 million for 20 years. The stadium's current name was announced on October 31, 2016, after the Chicago-based private residential mortgage company Guaranteed Rate purchased the naming rights in a 13-year deal.
In 2001, extensive renovations were started by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group to make the park more fan-friendly:
Renovations were added that were not part of the original plan:
There are 12 retired numbers on the facade of the 1st and 3rd base sides of the 300 level.
|White Sox retired numbers|
|No.||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, 2000–01
|1989-08-20||Baines' number was retired after he was traded to the Texas Rangers midway through 1989. The number was unretired for him in 1996 and 2000 when he returned as a player, and in 2004 as an assistant hitting coach.|
Hall of Fame (2019)
|4||Luke Appling||SS||1930–50||1975||Hall of Fame (1964)|
|9||Minnie Miñoso||LF||1951–57, 1960–61
1964, 1976, 1980
|1983||"Mr. White Sox"|
Hall of Fame (2022)
|1984-08-14||Hall of Fame (1984)|
|14||Paul Konerko||1B||1999–2014||2015-05-23||2005 World Series Champion and ALCS MVP|
|1987||Hall of Fame (1955)|
|35||Frank Thomas||1B, DH||1990–2005||2010-08-29||2005 World Series Champion|
Hall of Fame (2014)
|56||Mark Buehrle||P||2000–2011||2017-06-24||2005 World Series Champion|
Perfect game in 2009
|72||Carlton Fisk||C||1981–93||1997-09-14||Hall of Fame (2000)|
|42||Jackie Robinson||2B||Brooklyn Dodgers, 1947–1956, Retired by Major League Baseball||1997-04-15||Hall of Fame (1962)|
|Score||Detroit Tigers 16, White Sox 0|
|Managers||Jeff Torborg, White Sox|
Sparky Anderson, Tigers
|Starting Pitchers||Jack McDowell, White Sox|
Frank Tanana, Tigers
|Ceremonial Pitch||Former Illinois Governor Jim Thompson|
|Batter||Tony Phillips (fly out)|
|White Sox Batter||Tim Raines|
|Hit||Alan Trammell (single)|
|White Sox Run||Ron Karkovice (April 20, 1991)|
|White Sox RBI||Dan Pasqua (April 20, 1991)|
|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)|
|White Sox win||Brian Drahman (April 21, 1991)|
|Visiting loss||Paul Gibson (April 21, 1991)|
|White Sox Shutout||Jack McDowell (June 25, 1991)|
|Save||Jerry Don 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)|
|Visiting no-hitter||Francisco Liriano (Minnesota Twins) (May 3, 2011)|
|Perfect game||Mark Buehrle (White Sox) (July 23, 2009)|
|Doubleheader||October 3, 1991 vs. Minnesota Twins|
|Use as a neutral site||September 13–14, 2004 – Florida Marlins vs. Montreal Expos. Counted as home games for the Marlins, these games were moved to Chicago due to Hurricane Ivan in Florida. The Marlins were already in Chicago at the time, having just played a series with the Chicago Cubs.|
|First White Sox Foul Ball hit||April 18, 1991 by Sammy Sosa|
|First Postseason game||October 5, 1993 vs. Toronto Blue Jays. Blue Jays won 7-3.|
Guaranteed Rate 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 games. The series is dubbed the Cross-Town Classic or the Windy City Showdown.)
Further information: Cubs–White Sox rivalry
A new Metra station (35th Street), which helps fans with more accessibility, opened on the Rock Island line in 2011. It is also accessible by CTA bus route #35 (31st/35th Street) and the suburban Pace Guaranteed Rate Field Express shuttle service.
Guaranteed Rate 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 ballpark has eight main parking lots.
The ballpark has seven main entrances:
The main level is accessible only to fans who have a ticket to a seat in the lower level.
|Year||Regular Season Home||Regular Season Overall||Finish||Post Season Home||Post Season Overall|
|Won||Lost||Win %||Won||Lost||Win %||Won||Lost||Win %||Won||Lost||Win %|
|1991||46||35||.567||87||75||.537||2nd in AL West||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1992||50||32||.609||86||76||.531||3rd in AL West||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1993||45||36||.556||94||68||.580||1st in AL West||0||3||.000||2||4||.333|
|1994||34||19||.641||67||46||.593||1st in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1995||38||34||.527||68||76||.472||3rd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1996||44||37||.543||85||77||.525||2nd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1997||45||36||.556||80||81||.496||2nd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1998||44||37||.543||80||82||.493||2nd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|1999||38||42||.475||75||86||.466||2nd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2000||46||35||.567||95||67||.586||1st in AL Central||0||2||.000||0||3||.000|
|2001||46||35||.567||83||79||.512||3rd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2002||47||34||.580||81||81||.500||2nd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2003||51||30||.629||86||76||.530||2nd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2004||46||35||.567||83||79||.512||2nd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2005||47||34||.580||99||63||.611||1st in AL Central||5||1||.833||11||1||.917|
|2006||49||32||.604||90||72||.556||3rd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2007||38||43||.469||72||90||.444||4th in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2008||54||28||.658||89||74||.546||1st in AL Central||1||1||.500||1||3||.250|
|2009||43||38||.531||79||83||.488||3rd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2010||45||36||.556||88||74||.543||2nd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2011||36||45||.444||79||83||.488||3rd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2012||45||36||.556||85||77||.525||2nd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2013||37||44||.457||63||99||.389||5th in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2014||40||41||.494||73||89||.451||4th in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2015||40||41||.494||76||86||.469||4th in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2016||45||36||.555||78||84||.481||4th in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2017||39||42||.481||67||95||.414||4th in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2018||30||51||.370||62||100||.383||4th in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2019||39||41||.487||72||89||.447||3rd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
|2020||18||12||.600||35||25||.583||3rd in AL Central||–||–||–||1||2||.333|
|2021||52||28||.650||93||69||.574||1st in AL Central||1||1||.500||1||3||.250|
|2022||37||44||.457||81||81||.500||2nd in AL Central||–||–||–||–||–||–|
Notes: 1994 season incomplete due to Players Strike. Only 113 games played.
Only 144 games played in 1995.
Only 161 games played in 1997, 1999 & 2019.
163 games played in 2008 due to AL Central division tie-breaker game.
Only 60 games played in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
80 home games played at Guaranteed Rate Field in 2021 with 1 played at Field of Dreams.
|Won||Lost||Win %||Won||Lost||Win %|
|Year||Total attendance||Games||Game average||Major League rank|
|Date||Artist||Opening act(s)||Tour / Concert name||Attendance||Revenue||Notes|
|September 13, 2002||The Rolling Stones||The Pretenders||Licks Tour||—||—|
|August 13, 2003||Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band||—||The Rising Tour||39,439||$2,970,543|
|September 24, 2016||Chance the Rapper||—||Magnificent Coloring Day Festival||47,754||—|
|September 7, 2023||RBD||—||Soy Rebelde Tour||—||—|
|September 8, 2023||—||—||—|
|Date||Event name||Home Team||Visiting Team||Winning team/Score||Attendance||Notes|
|November 9, 2016||Huskie Chi–Town Showdown||Northern Illinois Huskies||Toledo Rockets||Toledo, 31–24||10,180||First football game played at Guaranteed Rate Field|
Guaranteed Rate Field has appeared in films such as Rookie of the Year (1993), Major League II (1994), Little Big League (1994), My Best Friend's Wedding (1997), and The Ladies Man (2000). In Rookie of the Year, the stadium played the role of Dodger Stadium, and in Little Big League, it played the role of all opposing ballparks except for Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park. Commercials for the PGA Tour, Nike, Reebok, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America have been filmed at the park.
U.S. Cellular Field capacity was 44,321 from 1991-2000, 47,522 in 2001, 47,098 in 2002-03 and 40,615 since 2004.
|Events and tenants|
|Preceded by|| Home of the
Chicago White Sox
1991 – present
|Preceded by|| Host of the
MLB All-Star Game
|Preceded by|| Host of the
Civil Rights Game