Guaranteed Rate Field

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Guaranteed Rate Field
(New) Comiskey Park
"The Cell"
White Sox opening day.jpg
Guaranteed Rate Field (then U.S. Cellular Field) on Opening Day 2014
Former namesComiskey Park (II) (1991–2003)
U.S. Cellular Field (2003–2016)
Location333 West 35th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Coordinates41°49′48″N 87°38′2″W / 41.83000°N 87.63389°W / 41.83000; -87.63389Coordinates: 41°49′48″N 87°38′2″W / 41.83000°N 87.63389°W / 41.83000; -87.63389
Broke groundMay 7, 1989
Built1989–1991
OpenedApril 18, 1991
Renovated2001–2011
OwnerIllinois Sports Facilities Authority
OperatorChicago White Sox Ltd.
SurfaceBluegrass
ScoreboardCenter Field full-color, high resolution video board 28 feet (8.5 m) x 53 feet (16 m) (2003–present)
Right Field LED Display out-of-town scoreboard 23 feet (7.0 m) x 68 feet (21 m) (2009–present)
Left Field matrix board (2003–present)
Fan Deck ticker board (2003–present)
2 small scoreboards along the facade down the Right Field and Left Field lines below the 500 level
Construction costUS$167 million
($300 million in 2018 dollars[1])

$118 million (2001–2007 renovations)
($139 million in 2018 dollars[1])
ArchitectHOK Sport (now Populous) (original)
HKS, Inc. (2001–2007 renovations)
Project ManagerInternational Facilities Group, LLC[2]
Structural engineerThornton Tomasetti
Services engineerFlack + Kurtz[3]
General ContractorGust K. Newberg Construction Company[4]
Capacity40,615 (2004–present)
47,098 (2003)
45,936 (2001–2002)
44,321 (1991–2000)
Record attendance47,609
July 15, 2003
74th All-Star Game

White Sox game: 46,246
October 5, 1993
Game 1 of the 1993 ALCS

Post-renovations: 41,432
October 23, 2005
Game 2 of the 2005 World Series
Field dimensions(2001–present)
Left Field – 330 feet (101 m)
Left-Center – 375 feet (114 m) (Not Posted)
Center Field – 400 feet (122 m)
Right-Center – 375 feet (114 m) (Not Posted)
Right Field – 335 feet (102 m)
Backstop – 60 feet (18 m)
Outfield Wall Height – 8 feet (2 m)

(1991–2000)
Left Field – 347 feet (106 m)
Left-Center – 375 feet (114 m)
Center Field – 400 feet (122 m)
Right-Center – 375 feet (114 m)
Right Field – 347 feet (106 m)
Backstop – 60 feet (18 m)
Outfield Wall Height – 8 feet (2 m)
TenantsChicago White Sox (MLB) (1991–present)

Guaranteed Rate Field is a baseball park in Chicago, Illinois. It is the home field of the Major League Baseball team called the Chicago White Sox. It opened in 1991, replacing historic Comiskey Park. Before U.S. Cellular, a wireless telephone carrier, bought naming rights in 2003, with the stadium then being renamed U.S. Cellular Field, the ballpark was known as "New Comiskey Park" or just "Comiskey Park", in honor of the old park.

Although the deal with U.S. Cellular ran until 2023, the stadium name lost most of its value in Chicago after the company sold its local network to Sprint in 2012. During the 2016 MLB season, the White Sox made a new deal with Chicago-based mortgage lender Guaranteed Rate. The stadium name officially changed on November 1 of that year.[5]

Sources[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2008". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved 2009-08-01.
  2. International Facilities Group - US Cellular Field
  3. "Opus North Promotes Jacobson". Chicago Tribune. September 24, 1989. Retrieved April 21, 2012.
  4. U.S. Cellular Field - Ballparks.com
  5. Ecker, Danny (August 24, 2016). "White Sox home gets a new name: Guaranteed Rate Field". Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved August 25, 2016.
  • Green Cathedrals, by Philip J. Lowry

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Events and Tenants
Preceded by
Comiskey Park
Home of the
Chicago White Sox

1991 – present
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
Miller Park
Host of the
MLB All-Star Game

2003
Succeeded by
Minute Maid Park
Preceded by
Turner Field
Host of the
Civil Rights Game

2013
Succeeded by
Minute Maid Park