Probably my favourite thing to do while traveling is going to sporting events. The US is particularly fun in this regard, since there seem to be endless choice of sports to watch. And many of them we seldom get to see in South Africa. Baseball is probably my favourite US sport.
Baseball has such a rich history, and has been a professional sport for almost 150 years. Chicago has two teams, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. I have been to Wrigley Field the home of the Chicago Cubs last year when we were in Chicago, so I was keen to go to US Cellular Field, the home of the White Sox.
US Cellular field was completed in 1991 to replace the then oldest major league ballpark Comiskey Park. US Cellular Field (New Comiskey Park back then) was built across the road of the old stadium, which was demolished for parking after completion of the new one. It is a very impressive stadium, with a capacity of just over 40 000. US Cellular Field is really easy to access; it is located next to a big 14-lane highway running south from Chicago. I was able to take public transport to about 400 meters from the stadium.
The view of the City from the upper deck is amazing. There are three levels in the stands, and all seats have an unobstructed view of play. The concourse behind the stands is filled with refreshment counters and the walls are decorated with pictures and stories of the White Sox legends. The White Sox last won the World Series (meaning the champions of the US) in 2005 after an 88 year drought.
It is really fun to visit a place like this. I feel like I am part of a sacred game and get to see the culture of a country and city from the inside.