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2014 Ballpark Recommendations & Policies

The Chicago White Sox are making the following recommendations to fans attending games this coming baseball season at Guaranteed Rate Field, including the opening series games against Minnesota on Monday, March 31, Wednesday, April 2 and Thursday, April 3.

  • First pitch of Opening Day, presented by Miller Lite, is Monday, March 31, at 3:10 p.m.; the second game of the series is Wednesday, April 2, at 1:10 p.m.; and the series finale is Thursday, April 3, at 1:10 p.m.
  • There are tickets available for Monday's home opener. Tickets are available at the White Sox ticket office at Guaranteed Rate Field, online at and through Ticketmaster phone lines at (866) SOX-GAME (769-4263).
  • Fans should only purchase tickets through authorized White Sox ticket agents. Purchasing tickets through the White Sox ticket office, or Ticketmaster are the best ways to guarantee valid purchases.
  • On this Opening Day and throughout the season, fans should allow ample time for entering Guaranteed Rate 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 electronic screening, as well as bag searches.
  • Consistent with Illinois state law, Guaranteed Rate 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.
  • Gates to the ballpark open two hours before the start time of the Opening Day game and one and one half hours before the games on Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Parking lots open three hours before the start time of the Opening Day game, while they will open two hours before the start of the games on Wednesday and Thursday. 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; Lot A in the early morning only). Fans seeking cash parking should follow directional signs to available lots. Cash parking is $20 Monday - Saturday and $10 on Sundays.
  • Fans planning to park and take the CTA downtown to work in the morning can park in Lot A (cash parking) starting at 6 a.m. This option is for fans returning to the ballpark for the game. Lot A is accessible from Wentworth Avenue between 33rd and 35th Streets. Tailgating will not be allowed in Lot A on Opening Day until three hours before the start of the game, when the rest of the parking lots open.
  • 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 Opening Day from parking lots at 31st Street and Moe Drive (ONLY if all cash lots are filled at the ballpark).
  • The White Sox recommend that fans utilize public transportation. The CTA Red Line stops near the ballpark at 35th Street, and the Green Line is two blocks further east at 35th Street.
  • There also is a Metra stop at 35th Street, 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
  • ChiSox Bar and Grill restaurant near Gate 5 of Guaranteed Rate Field is open this season. The restaurant will be open to the public on Opening Day at 5 a.m., with media outlets broadcasting live from the venue. Coffee, soft drinks and donuts will be served until 7 a.m. when regular food and beverage service will commence. Fans wishing to attend the broadcasts should park in Lot A. 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 Opening Day, Monday, March 31, 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.
  • In accordance with the law, smoking (including electronic cigarettes) is prohibited in all areas of Guaranteed Rate 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.
  • White Sox magnetic schedules will be given to all fans, 21 years and older, in attendance on Opening Day, courtesy of Miller Lite.
  • Alcohol cannot be taken from the park or consumed on public ways, in observation of city regulations.
  • Finally, the White Sox ask fans to be respectful of the neighborhood and homes surrounding the ballpark before and after games.