Insider’s Guide to Enjoying Chicago’s Sox and Cubs

brooksboyerHeeding these insider tips on your next jaunt to U.S. Cellular or Wrigley Fields ensures it won’t be a total loss if the home team loses—though it’d certainly still be a shame.

Chicago White Sox, U.S. Cellular Field
Insider: Brooks Boyer, Vice President of Marketing

1. Follow the Team
“There are number of ways to stay up to date on the White Sox in addition to coming to the games.  Follow the White Sox on twitter @InsidetheSox, which offers behind-the-scenes info, prizes and much more. For the young White Sox fans, there is a White Sox Kids Club, with a free membership option. Fans also should keep an eye on the promotional schedule, for Value Mondays, Kids Days and other special events.”

2 Come Early, Stay Late
“We always have pregame entertainment and have special postgame fireworks shows from time-to-time which are second to none. The brand new Comiskey’s Bar and Grill by the Gibsons Restaurant Group (at Gate 5), is another option for pre and post-game entertainment.”

3. Bring the Kids

“For those taking their kids for a first time, they should stop by the guest relations booth for their complimentary first game certificate. Young White Sox fans also will enjoy the Comcast Fundamentals Deck, a 15,000-square-foot area devoted learning baseball basics from Chicago White Sox Training Academy coaches.”

Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field

Insider: Wally Hayward, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

1. Remember it’s a Pilgrimage to a Shrine
“Visiting Wrigley Field for a Cubs game needs to be on everyone’s bucket list. Wrigley Field was built in 1914 and is the second oldest ballpark in the majors. Take a moment to think about the history of the ballpark you’re sitting in. Great players like Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and even Babe Ruth have played at Wrigley Field.”

2. Appreciate the Game

“There is no “Jumbotron” flashing images throughout the game and there are no mascots distracting from the action on the field.  Wrigley Field’s unique assets include the ivy-covered brick wall, the hand-operated green scoreboard in center field, the famous Wrigley Field marquee at the corner of Clark and Addison and most of all, our passionate fans.”

3. Singing Means Praying Twice

“You’ll want to be in your seat before the game starts, as we typically host a celebrity first pitch. Our national anthem singers are always outstanding as well… Rise and sing for the seventh inning stretch. Athletes, actors, musicians and other celebrities visit Wrigley Field to participate in this honor. Finally, sing Go Cubs Go along with other Cubs fans when the team wins and the W flag is raised.”