The White Sox may not be the Chicago baseball team generating excitement on the field this season, but it’s always a good time at the ballpark with fun promotions and family friendly atmosphere. This weekend, with the Cubs on the West Coast, head to U.S. Cellular Field for four days’ worth of fun activities at the ballpark as the Sox take on the Seattle Mariners.
The weekend fun starts with Throwback Thursday when the Sox where their (in)famous 1976 collared, blue and white V-neck pajama jerseys. A way for then-Sox owner Bill Veeck, who was known for his outlandish promotions, to drive attendance during a poor season, the jerseys were ridiculed for their aesthetics just as they were praised by players for their comfort. They were accompanied by shorts for a series that year, the only time in history an MLB team has worn shorts during a game. Needless to say, the Sox will not be sporting the shorts this time around.
Come right back on Friday to start the weekend right as the club celebrates the man, the myth, the king himself: Elvis Presley. Indeed, the White Sox are encouraging fans to grow out the sideburns and jam to the Jailhouse Rock at the Cell for their annual Elvis Night.
Pre-game festivities include a performance by an Elvis tribute artist outside of Gate 4 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., a skydiving team parachuting into the ballpark wearing Elvis attire, and the cast from the hit musical “Million Dollar Quartet” singing the national anthem.
Fans can buy all their Elvis gear outside the park near Gate 4 or in the park near section 159. Stick around for post-game fireworks as well as a one-of-a-kind “Viva Las Vegas” showgirl performance and Elvis impersonator Doug Church’s showcase of some favorite Elvis tunes.
The second half the series will feature more traditional baseball promotional material, starting Saturday as the first 20,000 fans will receive a Jermaine Dye bobble head.
Finally, take the whole family out to the park on Sunday for Family Sunday as the team offers discounted tickets, family friendly activities, and an opportunity for kids to run the bases after the game. The first 20,000 fans will also receive a White Sox hat.
The Thursday and Friday games start at 7:10 p.m., Saturday at 6:10 p.m. and Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Plenty of seats are available for all four games starting as low as $5. U.S. Cellular Field is located at 333 W. 35th Street in the Bridgeport neighborhood and accessible via the CTA Red Line and also has ample parking. To find out more go to chicago.whitesox.mlb.com.