Guaranteed Rate Field & ISFA

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority owns Guaranteed Rate Field and developed its surrounding property to serve as the home of the Chicago White Sox and as a world class venue for everyone to enjoy. Over the years, the Authority has implemented major renovations to enhance the facility, dramatically affecting the height, profile and feel of the ballpark.

Guaranteed Rate Field Facts & Figures

  • Guaranteed Rate Field is located on Chicago’s South Side in the Bridgeport neighborhood.
  • The stadium broke ground on May 7, 1989, and opened on April 18, 1991.
  • Guarantee Rate Field is the first new sports facility built in Chicago since Chicago Stadium opened in 1929.
  • The ballpark has been featured in three major motion pictures: “Little Big League,” “Major League II” and “My Best Friend’s Wedding.”
  • Commercials for the PGA Tour, Nike, Reebok and Boys & Girls Clubs have been filmed at the ballpark.
  • Dirt conserved from the original ballpark is used for the infield.
  • Guaranteed Rate Field is the only stadium to feature a multi-level FUNdamentals skills area where kids can learn baseball skills.
  • The stadium has more than 400 wheelchair-accessible seats.
  • The ballpark has six levels: service level, 100 level, 200 level suites, 300 level, 400 level suites and 500 level.
  • Fans enjoy easy access to 38 public restrooms, 12 escalators and 13 elevators.
  • Guaranteed Rate Field currently holds a seating capacity of 40,615.
  • Guaranteed Rate Field (formerly known as U.S. Cellular Field) hosted the Major League Baseball All-Star game on July 15, 2003. The American League won 7-6.

Guaranteed Rate Field Conference & Learning Center

The Center is an impressive, technologically advanced, state-of-the-art amphitheater style auditorium. This venue is available for year-round use by non-profit, corporate, civic and educational organizations. Focusing on community outreach, the Authority remains committed to hosting groups that normally would not have the financial resources to utilize such a space.

ISFA, at its discretion, annually donates usage of the Conference and Learning Center free of charge to various non-profit, government, educational and professional sports entities. For more information about the Conference and Learning Center, please contact us.

Guaranteed Rate Field Kids Zone

The Kids Zone at Guaranteed Rate Field is a 15,000-square-foot baseball and softball skills instruction area located on the ballpark’s left field concourse. A one-of-a-kind, hands-on, interactive baseball area, this park attraction features a youth-sized baseball diamond for coaching clinics, batting and pitching cages. Staffed by Chicago White Sox Training Centers personnel, kids will have the chance to learn and participate in the fundamentals of baseball during a Major League Baseball game, including a timed dash to first base and a whiffle ball field. The Kids Zone section also contains a kid-friendly concession and souvenir stand.

Seating at Guaranteed Rate Field

The Illinois Sports Facilities Authority and the Chicago White Sox are committed to making sure that every fan is able to enjoy game day at Guaranteed Rate Field. With more than 400 wheelchair-accessible seats, fans with disabilities can be assured that every level of the ballpark has designated seating tailored specifically to their needs.