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U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox

Beer: $6.50
Hot dog $3.50
Baseball hat: $13

The Chicago White Sox may not be quite the darlings of the baseball world that their north side brethren are, but that's what you get for being the one team in town to win a championship inside of a century.

Playing second fiddle in the Windy City doesn't change the fact that they still play in one of the largest sports markets in the country, and the prices reflect that. U.S. Cellular Field came into the season with an average ticket price of $40.67.

"We traditionally make small, incremental increases in our ticket prices to keep up with market value," says Marty Maloney of White Sox public relations. "We again kept the ticket increase small at what we believe to be a manageable difference from last year."

There is a perception held by some that the White Sox are the blue collar club in Chicago, which wouldn't seem to gel with the reality that they're ranked as the fourth most expensive park experience in baseball. To their credit, the Sox, like many clubs, make a concerted effort to make their product financially manageable for all fans and not just those with top hats and pocket watches. Deep discounts are offered on select games for kids ($1 tickets), students, families, large groups, military personnel and seniors. Maloney also pointed to parking prices being flat compared to last year in addition to most concession items.

"Year over year, fans are very pleased with our offerings," Maloney says. "We do not hear much negative feedback on prices."

Play-ball tip: Go on one of nine "Value Mondays," when tickets are half-price.


 

 

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