Chicago White Sox 2015 season advisory
The Chicago White Sox share the following recommendations to fans attending games this coming baseball season at U.S. Cellular Field, including the opening homestand series games against Minnesota on Friday, April 10, Saturday, April 11 and Sunday, April 12.
Game Times/Gate Opening Times
- First pitch of the home opener is Friday, April 10 at 3:10 p.m. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats no later than 2:25 p.m. for Friday's opening ceremony.
- First pitch of the second game of the series is Saturday, April 11, at 1:10 p.m. and the series finale is Sunday, April 12 at 1:10 p.m.
- Friday's home opener is sold out with the exception of a limited number of tickets for Standing Room Only sections and those remaining as part of season ticket plans. Tickets are available at the White Sox Ticket Office at U.S. Cellular Field (Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on non-game days), online at whitesox.com or by calling (866) SOX-GAME (769-4263).
- Gates to the ballpark open at 1:10 p.m. on the day of the home opener. For games on Saturday and Sunday of opening weekend, gates open one and one half hours before the game on Saturday (11:40 a.m.).
- On this home opener and throughout the season, fans should allow ample time for entering U.S. Cellular Field. In compliance with new Major League Baseball policies, and similar to procedures at other major sports venues, all fans entering the ballpark are subject to hand-held and walk-through metal detector screenings, as well as bag searches. Fans WILL NOT be required to remove shoes, keys or belts; fans WILL be required to remove cell phones and cameras.
- Parking lots open at 11 a.m. on the day of the home opener game, while they will open two hours before the start of the game for the rest of the season, including on Saturday and on Sunday of the opening series. Fans holding reserved parking coupons should display the coupons prominently as they approach the ballpark.
- Prepaid red coupons are accepted in Lots A, B, C and G, and prepaid green coupons are accepted in Lots F and L only. Cash parking will be very limited when lots open (Lots G, F and L). Fans seeking cash parking should follow directional signs to available lots. Cash parking is $20 Monday - Saturday and $10 on Sundays.
- Lot B at Gate 5 of the ballpark is designated for cars displaying state-issued disability placards or license plates. In addition, any guests in need of assistance will be allowed by ballpark personnel to be dropped off and/or picked up in Lot B. Fans will have access to Lot B and Gate 5 (located north of the ballpark; across 35th Street) via 33rd Street.
- Free shuttle service will be available on Friday from parking lots at McCormick Place (31st Street and Moe Drive) beginning at 9 a.m. Fans arriving closer to the start of the game or later are encouraged to proceed directly to the parking lots at McCormick Place (31st Street and Moe Drive).
- The White Sox recommend that fans utilize public transportation. The CTA Red Line stops near the ballpark at the 35th Street station, and the Green Line is two blocks farther east at 35th Street station.
- A Metra stop at 35th Street is conveniently located just east of the Dan Ryan Expressway, along the Rock Island line. For the most up-to-date game day service information including weekend inbound train schedules to meet the various scheduled first pitch start times, check metrarail.com.
- Pace offers direct express bus service to U.S. Cellular Field from suburban locations on the home opener, night games, weekend and holiday games and every game in June, July and August. The six suburban locations include Markham, Tinley Park, Palos Heights, Oak Lawn, Bolingbrook and Burr Ridge. For more information, call the Pace Express service line at 847-228-2416 or contact the RTA Travel Information Center at 836-7000 from any Chicagoland area code.
Additional Fan Information
- ChiSox Bar and Grill restaurant near Gate 5 of U.S. Cellular Field will be open to the public on home opener at 8 a.m. ChiSox Bar and Grill will open four hours prior to first pitch on the day of all home games throughout the season and remain open for at least two hours following each game.
- For the home opener game on Friday, April 10, fans holding tickets for the upper level will not be able to access other levels of the ballpark. This policy ensures fans may safely and comfortably enjoy the game with access to the areas of the ballpark where they bought tickets.
- Fans should only purchase tickets through authorized White Sox ticket agents. Purchasing tickets through the White Sox ticket office, whitesox.com or Ticketmaster are the best ways to guarantee valid purchases.
- Fans also can watch the home opener on Comcast SportsNet and follow the play-by-play on WSCR-AM 670 The Score, the White Sox flagship radio station, as well as WRTO-AM 1200/Univision Radio, the Spanish-language radio home of White Sox baseball.
- Consistent with Illinois state law, U.S. Cellular Field, along with all ballparks, stadiums and other sporting venues in Illinois are gun-free zones. It is illegal for anyone to enter or attempt to enter the ballpark with a firearm, regardless of permit.
- In accordance with the law, smoking (including electronic cigarettes) is prohibited in all areas of U.S. Cellular Field. There is a designated smoking area outside of Gate 2 and Gate 5. Those fans wishing to smoke must proceed to the ground level at the base of the ramps at Gate 2 and Gate 5.
- Finally, the White Sox ask fans to be respectful of the neighborhood and homes surrounding the ballpark before and after games.