White Sox announce upcoming homestand activities

Chicago White Sox promotional highlights, giveaways and ceremonial first pitches for the upcoming home series vs. Minnesota and Texas. Tickets for all games of both series are available at whitesox.com, the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations.

This homestand coincides with Chicago White Sox Charities' sixth annual Charities Week. Charities Week engages fans attending games and those following along from home through community outreach events featuring current players, auctions, unique fundraising activities and more. A complete overview of Charities Week events will be available at whitesox.com/CharitiesWeek on Thursday, July 31.

All of the games will be televised on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, with the exception of Saturday's game on WGN. All games will air on WSCR-AM 670 (The Score), the White Sox flagship radio station, and 97.5 FM ESPN Deportes, the White Sox Spanish-language radio affiliate.

Friday, August 1, 7:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota

  • Elvis Night and Fireworks, presented by Saint Xavier University
  • K Zone For Sale
  • Pregame Performance and National Anthem by Million Dollar Quartet
  • Ceremonial first pitch by Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney

The White Sox celebrate Elvis Night and fireworks, presented by Saint Xavier University, with the following pregame entertainment: a tribute performance by Doug Church at Gate 4, an on-field performance and the National Anthem by Million Dollar Quartet, the Frog-X parachute team and a party with Elvis attire in Section 159. The Frog-X parachute team also will participate in post-game entertainment along with a showgirl performance by Mystique Productions, a performance by Doug Church and fireworks set to a soundtrack of The King's greatest hits.

The K Zone For Sale is a ballpark promotion launched this season in Sections 154 and 155 - a total of more than 930 seats. When Chris Sale starts, fans with tickets in these sections receive a "K Zone For Sale" t-shirt and strikeout placard, which are redeemed at the #SoxSocial Lounge before the end of the first inning. "K Zone For Sale" tickets are $20 for most games, with the exception of Family Sundays, when the tickets are $15 (subject to availability).

Members of the Million Dollar Quartet, the smash-hit musical currently at Chicago's Apollo Theater, will perform the National Anthem in honor of Elvis Night. This musical was inspired by the famed recording session that brought Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins together for the first and only time. 

McKayla Maroney, 18-year-old Olympic gymnast and two-time world vault champion, will throw out a ceremonial first pitch. She earned the silver medal in the vault competition at the 2012 Olympics in London. She also helped the 2012 "Fierce Five" U.S. Olympic Gymnastics team capture the gold medal in the team competition by earning the highest score in the vault competition. 

Saturday, August 2, 6:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota

  • Giveaway: Frank Thomas Replica Hall of Fame Plaque, presented by XFINITY (First 20,000 fans)
  • Fireworks Night
  • Ceremonial first pitch by Gerrit O'Neill on behalf of XFINITY

The first 20,000 fans will receive a Frank Thomas Replica Hall of Fame plaque, presented by XFINITY. Fans also will have the opportunity to get an up-close look at the authentic Frank Thomas Hall of Fame plaque, on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., which will be featured pregame and be on display during the game.

Saturday's fireworks night, presented by XFINITY, will be set to a flashback music soundtrack and feature a special video component highlighting White Sox moments.

Sunday, August 3, 1:10 p.m. vs. Minnesota

  • Family Sunday presented by The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital
  • National Anthem by White Sox anthemist Myles Hayes
  • Ceremonial first pitch by Jose Romo on behalf of WSCR The Score

Family Sunday, presented by The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, includes free pregame autograph sessions (kids only) and postgame kids run the bases. Tickets are available for as low as $5 in the Upper Level and $15 in Lower Level, with $10 parking. Additional entertainment includes face painters, balloonists, a caricature artist, magnet art and a photo opportunity with the White Sox Broadcast Dashers.

Monday, August 4, 7:10 p.m. vs. Texas

  • Giveaway: Free T-Shirt Monday featuring Jose Abreu (First 20,000 fans)
  • Hero of the Game: Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts
  • Ceremonial first pitch by jockey Chris Emigh on behalf of Arlington International Racecourse
  • Special Celebrity Guest Appearances in the #SoxSocial Lounge

The first 20,000 fans that enter the ballpark will receive a free Jose Abreu t-shirt as part of the new Free T-Shirt Monday giveaway promotion. The remaining t-shirt giveaways will feature Chris Sale on August 18 and Paul Konerko on September 8.

The White Sox will honor Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts as the Hero of the Game. Sergeant Pitts was recognized for his extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty with the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Barrack Obama on July 21, 2014, and an induction into the Hall of Heroes on July 22, 2014.

The Chicago White Sox welcome a number of celebrities to U.S. Cellular Field on Monday. Celebrities scheduled to appear include actors Gilles Marini, Teddy Sears, Milissa Sears, Jesse Lee Soffer and Patrick Flueger. Select guest will take place in a pregame "At the Ballpark" interview, throw a ceremonial first pitch and visit the #SoxSocial Lounge.

Tuesday, August 5, 7:10 p.m. vs. Texas

  • Police and Fire Night presented by UL
  • Giveaway: 1983 White Sox Reusable Bag presented by UL (First 20,000 fans)
  • National Anthem by Three Men in Kilts
  • Ceremonial first pitch by Members of the Chicago Police Department and Chicago Fire Department

The Chicago White Sox honor Chicago's bravest and finest with Police and Fire Night, presented by UL. Members of both the Chicago Police and Fire Departments will be honored in pregame ceremonies and with ceremonial first pitches.

Wednesday, August 6, 1:10 p.m. vs. Texas

  • In the Zone with Hawk & Stone
  • K Zone For Sale
  • Wild About the Sox
  • Ceremonial first pitch by Michelle Nemcher on behalf of LP Building

The Chicago White Sox and Comcast SportsNet Chicago will host "In the Zone with Hawk & Stone," game broadcast as Sox ace Chris Sale takes the mound vs. Texas. White Sox announcers Ken "Hawk" Harrelson and Steve Stone will broadcast from the "K Zone" in Section 154 (broadcast date is subject to change per any modifications in the White Sox pitching rotation). One fan will have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets to the K Zone and sit with the broadcasters for a half inning through CSN's "Experience the K Zone with Hawk and Stone" contest. Contest information is available at csnchicago.com/SoxLove.

The Chicago White Sox will host "Wild About the Sox," presented by Shedd Aquarium, prior to the game. This real-world lesson about marine life will combine the excitement of White Sox baseball with an interactive and fun program about marine life. Shedd Aquarium experts will host a pregame presentation with animals, videos and trivia for fans at 12:30 p.m.

TICKETS:     Tickets for all games of both series are available at whitesox.com, the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office and through Ticketmaster.