What’s new at Guaranteed Rate Field, besides a new name?

Tribune photographer Chris Sweda asks Sox fans what they think of the name change from U.S. Cellular Field to Guaranteed Rate Field before a game on Aug. 24, 2016. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)

Perhaps the biggest change for White Sox fans this season will be figuring out what to call the ballpark.

Gone is U.S. Cellular Field and the Cell. Here to stay is Guaranteed Rate Field and …

The Rate?

The Arrow (named after the already infamous logo)?

Or just Sox Park?

While discussing such a lively topic, Sox fans also will be able to try new food offerings and check out revamped spaces. Here’s a look at some of those changes on the South Side this year.


Those who have been to Camelback Ranch for spring training may have tried the Wok Off Noodles.A version of the dish that includes egg lo mein noodles, fresh vegetables, grilled chicken and garlic sauce is coming to a stand at Section 157.

Multiple stands will feature The Heater, a jalapeno and cheddar sausage topped with spicy coleslaw and Sriracha mayo. If that’s not enough meat, go for the Triple Play BBQ Sandwich in Sections 122 and 527. It includes jalapeno-cheddar sausage, Vienna Beef smoked brisket and BBQ pulled pork.

The Beggars Pizza Pub will now feature deep-dish sausage pizza, and new dessert options on the 100 and 500 levels include mini-doughnuts with sugar and cinnamon. A caramel praline ice cream bar also will be available through seat vending.

The suites feature a long list of new food, including pork belly sliders, corn street nachos and a flatbread sampler with Dungeness crab. If you’re really hungry and in the Diamond Suites, rosemary garlic prime rib is another hearty option.


The Sox previously announced a new bar area on the left-field concourse called "Casa Modelo" as part of their multiyear partnership with Modelo Especial.

They are also rebranding the previous "Bullpen Bar" space to what will now be called the "Craft Kave," featuring craft beer and burger options.

There will be a new suite behind Section 134 for groups.


Free T-Shirt Thursdays and Family Sundays will return this year.

Several theme nights are also on the docket, highlighted by Weather Day on April 26, Country Music Night on June 23, Halfway to Mardi Gras on Aug. 8, Elvis Night on Aug. 25 and Star Wars Night on Aug. 26.

Homecoming weekend will be May 26-28, but the biggest homecoming will be June 24, when former pitcher Mark Buehrle is honored as the Sox retire his No. 56.


The most sought-after giveaway this year might just be the Ken "Hawk" Harrelson talking alarm clock, given to the first 20,000 fans on May 13.

The 1917 jersey giveaway will be July 29, while winter hats (April 8), hooded sweatshirts (April 22) and Hawaiian shirts (July 1) can also be added to fans’ wardrobes.

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