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 names Comiskey Park (II) (1991–2003)
U.S. Cellular Field (2003–2016)
Location 333 West 35th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Coordinates 41°49′48″N 87°38′2″W / 41.83°N 87.63389°W / 41.83; -87.63389Coordinates: 41°49′48″N 87°38′2″W / 41.83°N 87.63389°W / 41.83; -87.63389
Broke ground May 7, 1989
Built 1989–1991
Opened April 18, 1991
Renovated 2001–2011
Owner Illinois Sports Facilities Authority
Operator Chicago White Sox Ltd.
Surface Bluegrass
Scoreboard Center 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 cost US$167 million
($261 million in 2017 dollars[1])

$118 million (2001–2007 renovations)
($121 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Architect HOK Sport (now Populous) (original)
HKS, Inc. (2001–2007 renovations)
Project Manager International Facilities Group, LLC[2]
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Services engineer Flack + Kurtz[3]
General Contractor Gust K. Newberg Construction Company[4]
Capacity 40,615 (2004–present)
47,098 (2003)
45,936 (2001–2002)
44,321 (1991–2000)
Record attendance 47,609
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)

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)
Chicago 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]

  • 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
Preceded by
Miller Park
Host of the
MLB All-Star Game

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

Succeeded by
Minute Maid Park