White Sox welcome fans attending this weekend's Crosstown Cup games
The Chicago White Sox share the following recommendations to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for fans attending this week's Crosstown Cup games vs. the Chicago Cubs:
- Fans should arrive at the ballpark early to minimize delays. Gates to the ballpark will open two hours prior to each game.
- Fans should allow ample time for entering U.S. Cellular Field. In compliance with 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.
- The White Sox strongly recommend that fans utilize public transportation. The CTA Red Line stops near the ballpark at 35th Street, 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, checkmetrarail.com.
- Pace offers direct express bus service to U.S. Cellular Field from suburban locations. 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.
- ChiSox Bar & Grill (located near Gate 5) will open four hours prior to first pitch each day of the series.
- Prepaid red coupons are accepted in Lots A, B, C and G, and prepaid green coupons are accepted in Lots F and L only. Parking will be very limited when lots open (Lots G, F and L). Fans seeking cash and credit card parking should follow directional signs to available lots.
- 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.
- Remote parking will be available at McCormick Place (31st and Moe Drive) with free shuttles running to and from the ballpark beginning two hours before first pitch.
- Tailgating is permitted all three days in Lots A-L. Parking lots open three hours before the start of each game.
- Fans holding tickets for the upper level will not be able to access other levels of the ballpark. This policy ensures fans safely and comfortably enjoy the game with access to the areas of the ballpark where they bought tickets.
- In accordance with the Illinois law, smoking (including electronic cigarettes) is prohibited in all areas of U.S. Cellular Field. There is a designated smoking area outside of Gates 2 and 5. Those fans wishing to smoke must proceed to the ground level at the base of the ramps at Gate 2 and Gate 5.
- 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.
- Alcohol cannot be taken from the park or consumed on public ways, in observation of city regulations.
- Limited tickets for the homestand vs. the Cubs are available at whitesox.com, the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office (Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) or by calling 866-SOX-GAME.
- Finally, the White Sox ask fans to be respectful of the neighborhood and homes surrounding the ballpark before and after games.
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