The Chicago White Sox, defending American League Central champions, started their season Friday at Comerica Park in Detroit, winning two of three games against the Tigers.
On Tuesday they have their first home game of the season against the Seattle Mariners.
From new stadium food to COVID protocols to guaranteed rate field, to whether or not you’ll need a raincoat, here’s everything you need to know about the Chicago White Sox’s home opener.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
What time does the White Sox game start?
The first pitch is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. Anyone who can’t make it to the game can catch all the action on NBC Sports Chicago and the MyTeams app.
What is the match day weather forecast?
White Sox fans will have better luck with home opener weather than Cubs fans did last week.
Sunny, mild, above average temperatures in the 60s will make for a great day in the field at rate guarantee. Although there is a chance of a shower or isolated thunderstorm during the day, the main threat of rain will not come until later in the evening.
The time on the first pitch should be 61 degrees.
Are there still paper tickets for matches? Are tickets still available?
The guaranteed rate field moved exclusively to mobile tickets, with fans allowed to use the MLB Ballpark or Ticketmaster apps. Fans who purchase tickets from resale sites can also use these apps.
Tuesday morning, tickets were not sold out and still available.
When do the doors open?
For the home opener, the gates to the guaranteed rate field will open at 1:10 p.m., two hours before the first pitch.
For the remainder of the regular season, doors will open 90 minutes prior to game time.
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What is the best way to access the guaranteed rate field?
Car park in the Guaranteed rate field: Parking lots around the guaranteed-rate field will open two hours before the first pitch throughout the regular season.
Fans who purchase parking in advance for $25 can park in Lots A, B, C and G. Fans who need to purchase parking on game day can do so for $27 in Lots F and L.
Fans who want to tailgating can purchase spaces in Lot E, with that lot opening earlier than the stadium’s other car parks.
Fans planning to arrive closer to game time for the home opener are encouraged to park in the remote car park near McCormick Place, where a free shuttle will be available to transport fans to the stadium and return.
Public transport to the field at a guaranteed rate: The Metra’s Rock Island line offers service near the ballpark, while the CTA’s Red Line (Sox-35and) and Green Line (35and Street) both have stops near the stadium.
Can I bring a bag inside?
Bags are not allowed. Pouches smaller than 9″ x 5″ x 2″ are permitted, as well as diaper bags when an infant is present.
On Tuesday, the White Sox announced a slate of new food and beer that will be available to fans attending games at the guaranteed rate field. Rainbow Cone and Pretzel-Wrapped Bratwurst are among the foods that will be available
What are the COVID rules at the guaranteed rate field?
This is the first time since 2019 that all fans are welcome at the ballpark without COVID restrictions.
Can I use cash at the guaranteed rate field?
Cash is not accepted by vendors or at concession stands and retail stores within the ballpark. Fans can use credit or debit cards at these facilities, or can redeem cash for White Sox gift cards at the Chicago Sports Depot, located on the north side of 35and Street adjacent to the baseball stadium.
Food can also be pre-ordered on the MLB Ballpark app.
What food should I eat at the stadium?
From Rainbow Cones to Froman’s Pierogis Cheddar, a slew of new food items are available at the guaranteed rate field this season, along with new beers from BuckleDown Brewing, Sketchbook Brewing and Spiteful Brewing.
Overall, 75 craft beers are available at the guaranteed rate.
More information about these delicious treats can be found on the NBC Chicago app.
What About The Chicago Cubs – When Are They Playing Next?
The Cubs also play Tuesday, but not in Chicago. They’ll be in Pittsburgh for the Pirates’ home opener at 3:12 p.m.