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White Sox Opening Day: What You Need to Know

By Casey Cora | March 31, 2013 3:31pm | Updated on April 1, 2013 9:27am
 White Sox fans celebrate during the 2005 World Series.
White Sox fans celebrate during the 2005 World Series.
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BRIDGEPORT — Play ball. Finally.

The Chicago White Sox Opening Day game against the Kansas City Royals is scheduled for 3:10 p.m. Monday and will be televised on Comcast SportsNet and broadcast on WSCR-AM 670 and 97.5FM ESPN Deportes.

A limited number of standing-room-only tickets remain, and the team said they’re only available at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket office.

Parking lots open three hours before the posted start time of Monday’s game. For all other games this year, lots open two hours before the start of the games. The team says fans with “reserved” parking coupons should display them on their vehicles as they approach the ballpark.

Prepaid red parking coupons are accepted in Lots A, B, C and G, and prepaid green coupons are accepted in Lots F and L only.  Fans looking for the limited-availability cash parking should follow signs to lots. Cash parking cost $20 Monday through Saturday and $10 on Sundays.

Lot B is also designated for cars displaying state-issued disability placards or license plates. Any guests needing assistance can be dropped off and picked up in Lot B.

A free shuttle from the parking lots at 31st Street and Moe Drive to the ballpark will be provided, but only if all cash lots are filled around the park.

Gates open two hours before first pitch for Monday’s Opening Day ballgame. For the other games in this first homestand, the ballpark opens an 1½ hours before game time.

Inside the park, the Miller Lite Bullpen Sports Bar opens at 1:40 p.m., with WBBM-FM 96.3 broadcasting live from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Throughout the regular season, the bar opens 2½ hours before the first pitch for weekend games and 1½ hours before games played Monday through Friday. Entry to the bar is limited to the first 500 fans ages 21 and older.


Starting Monday, neighborhood parking restrictions take effect in Armour Square and Bridgeport.  The general boundaries for areas requiring a permit are as follows: 29th Street to Pershing Road, and Morgan Street to Wentworth Avenue.

Get your neighborhood parking permit at the 11th Ward office, 3659 S. Halsted St., by bringing a valid Illinois driver's license or state ID showing a local address to register.

Local Specials
Opening Day also means the unveiling of food and drink specials. Here’s a look at several neighborhood spots.

Cork and Kerry at the Park, 3258 S. Princeton Ave.
Opens 8 a.m. Monday for broadcasts, including WFLD-Channel 32 and WLUP 97.9 FM. Postgame recaps with Chris Rongey with WSCR-AM 670.

Bacardi at the Park
Opens 5 a.m. The restaurant, near Gate 5 the ballpark, will serve coffee, soft drinks and doughnuts until 7 a.m. Fans are invited to check out the live media broadcasts from the venue. If you go for the broadcasts, the team says to park in Lot A. Regular food and drink service begins after 7 a.m.

For all other home games this year, Bacardi at the Park will open four hours before the first pitch.

Maria’s Community Bar, 960 W. 31st St.
Opens 1 p.m. A buck off Firestone drafts. The bar and patio will open two hours before every afternoon home game this season — perfect for abundant on-street parking and the short hike to the ballpark. Patrons are welcome to bring in their own food.

Mitchell’s, 3356 S. Halsted St.
Opens 9 a.m. with $3 Bud Light bottles, $3 Miller Lite drafts, $3 hamburgers and $2 hot dogs on special. First 50 patrons will be entered into a raffle for a Carlton Fisk jersey before the game starts. Heated patio.

Rocky's, 234 W. 31st St.
Opens 11 a.m. Beer garden, bags and big-screen TVs. ESPN 1000's "Waddle & Silvy" broadcasting 2-6 p.m.