Monday, June 20, 2011
Chicago White Sox - U.S. Cellular Field
First off, even though the official stadium name is U.S. Cellular Field, it bugs me to no end and I kept calling it Comiskey, its original name when it opened in 1991. It was the first of the "new" stadiums to be built, and, by a year, missed the retro trend that started when Camden Yards opened in Baltimore a year later. With that said, new Comiskey lacks any personality, character, or charm whatsoever, and seems as bland as the cookie-cutter stadiums of the 1970's that popped up in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati. Out in front is a rather ugly statue honoring the 2005 World Series championship team, but doesn't really add much to the stadium atmosphere. The food was passable, but not memorable. The scoreboard was poorly laid out, with lots of wasted space, and hard to read. Even the iconic pinwheels atop it, along with the fireworks - a carryover from old Comiskey, seemed lost and wasted among all the giant billboards.