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White Sox announce Crosstown Cup events

The Chicago White Sox announced entertainment and the following recommendations to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all fans attending the Crosstown Cup series vs. the Chicago Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 26-27.

Entertainment

The Chicago White Sox announced entertainment and the following recommendations to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all fans attending the Crosstown Cup series vs. the Chicago Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 26-27.

Entertainment

  • Former Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell will throw a ceremonial first pitch on Wednesday, July 26. The 38-year-old veteran played 17 seasons in the NHL and officially retired as a Blackhawk on July 18. The four-time All-Star was a member of Chicago's 2010 Stanley Cup Championship team.
  • The Ides of March will perform the National Anthem. The band was founded by Jim Peterik in the mid-1960s in Chicago as a teen band strong on original material and British pop harmonies. The band released five singles between 1966 and 1967, including the local hit "You Wouldn't Listen." The song reached No. 7 in Chicago and No. 42 on the Billboard Charts in the spring of 1966. In 1970, the band released "Vehicle," which became the fastest-selling single in Warner Brothers' history at the time. After Peterik's stint as a producer and songwriter, the group re-formed in 1993 to record an album of new material and recuts of hits, continuing to tour ever since.
  • The first 10,000 fans to enter the ballpark on Wednesday, July 26, will receive a White Sox Lunch Cooler, presented by United Airlines.
  • Women's artistic gymnast Ashton Locklear will throw a ceremonial first pitch on Thursday, July 27. The 19-year-old Women's Team USA Gymnastics member is the 2016 and 2014 U.S. uneven bars champion as well as the 2014 World team champion, who placed fourth on uneven bars. The North Carolina native was an alternate for the 2016 Olympic team.
  • Sox fan and Rise Against lead singer Tim McIlrath will perform the National Anthem. After 18 years and eight albums, Rise Against has become one of the most successful and revered punk rock bands. The Chicago-based band released its most recent album, "Wolves," in June and will begin an international tour in August.
  • ChiSox Bar & Grill restaurant near Gate 5 of Guaranteed Rate Field will open five hours prior to first pitch and remain open for at least two hours following both days. Lot B will open at 1 p.m. to accommodate fans going to the ChiSox Bar & Grill.

Game Times and Ticket Information

  • First pitch for both Crosstown Cup games is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Fans are encouraged to be in their seats as early as possible.
  • A limited number of tickets are available for the Crosstown Cup. Tickets are available at whitesox.com, the Guaranteed Rate Field ticket office (Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) or by calling 866-SOX-GAME.
  • Fans are reminded to print their tickets prior to the game date, as only mobile tickets purchased through Ticketmaster or StubHub will be scanned at Guaranteed Rate Field gates.
  • 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.
  • Fans should arrive at the ballpark as early as possible to minimize delays getting to their seats. Gates to the ballpark will open two hours prior to each game.

Parking Information

  • White Sox parking lots will open three hours before the start of each game. Tailgating is permitted both days in Lots A-L. White Sox parking lots are anticipated to fill up more than an hour prior to first pitch each day. Fans arriving within 90 minutes of first pitch are encouraged to proceed directly to the remote parking lots located at the Illinois Institute of Technology (33rd and State).
  • Prepaid red coupons are accepted in Lots A, B, C and G, and prepaid green coupons are accepted in Lots F and L only. A limited amount of cash parking will be available for $20 when lots open (Lots G, F and L). Fans seeking cash and credit card parking should follow directional signs to available lots.
  • 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 both days from remote parking at the Illinois Institute of Technology (33rd and State). Tailgating is not permitted in the remote parking lots.

Public Transportation/Rideshare

  • The White Sox strongly recommend that fans utilize public transportation. The CTA Red Line stops near the ballpark at 35th Street, and the Green Line is two blocks farther east at the 35th Street station.
  • A Metra stop at 35th Street is conveniently located just east of the Dan Ryan Expressway, along the Rock Island line. For the most up-to-date game day service information, visit metrarail.com.
  • Pace offers direct express bus service to Guaranteed Rate Field from the following six suburban locations: Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, South Holland and Tinley Park. More information is available by visiting pacebus.com, calling the Express service line at 847-228-2416 or contacting the RTA Travel Information Center at 836-7000 from any Chicagoland area code.
  • Fans planning to use rideshare services can head to the Uber Rideshare Zone in Lot A for pick-up and drop-off. The designated area is on the east side of Lot A along Wentworth Ave. For access to the designated lot, drivers should head south on Wentworth Ave. and enter Lot A between 33rd and 35th Street. The lot will be open until one hour after home games conclude.

Ballpark Safety/Security

  • Fans should allow ample time for entering Guaranteed Rate Field. In compliance with Major League Baseball policies, and similar to procedures at other major sports venues, all fans entering the ballpark are subject to walk-through metal detector screenings and bag searches. Fans WILL NOT be required to remove shoes, coins or belts; fans WILL be required to remove cell phones and cameras.
  • Consistent with Illinois state law, Guaranteed Rate Field, along with all ballparks 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. Additionally, no knives, pepper spray or weapons of any kind are allowed in the ballpark.
  • In accordance with the City of Chicago ordinance, tobacco of any kind (including smokeless tobacco and electronic cigarettes) is prohibited in all areas of Guaranteed Rate Field. There is a designated smoking area outside of Gates 2 and 5. Those fans wishing to smoke must proceed to the ground level at the base of the ramps at Gates 2 and 5.
  • 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.
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