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3 Things We Love About ... U.S. Cellular Field

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Sure, there are the fireworks after Sox homers, Elvis Night and the sensational scoreboard (with replays, races and live images of fun-loving fans).
But here are three cool things you might not know about U.S. Cellular Field:

1. If you didn’t go to a Sox game last year, then you haven’t seen the Championship Moments Monument. Large bronze sculptures of Joe Crede, Paul Konerko, Juan Uribe and Orlando (“El Duque”) Hernandez recall heroic sequences in the 2005 World Series. Bricks on the plaza around the sculpture are inscribed with messages from fans. Some are funny; some romantically recall first dates at a Sox game, and some touchingly remember lost parents who lived long lives without ever seeing a Sox championship.

2. Kids get a chance to play baseball like their favorite team at Fundamentals (near left field). Check out the Wiffle ball diamond, batting and pitching cages and areas for base-running. At a game last year, a tot was attempting to field grounders with her bare hand and throw with her gloved hand. But a Sox Training Academy coach soon got her into All-Star form.

3. Food and beer around the world! Of course, there are ballpark staples such as hot dogs, peanuts and popcorn. But also look for pizza, hamburgers, sandwiches (steak, chicken, roast beef, corned beef, turkey), brats, garden burgers, quesadillas, veggie dogs and funnel cakes. Some stands are just for desserts, and some cater to children (with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and other kid favorites).
Beers Around the World has bottled brew from a dozen countries.

Chef Olegario Soto, of Midlothian, shows the new Grand Slam Italian Meatball Sandwich available on the Club Level at U.S. Cellular Field. (Brett Roseman/SouthtownStar)

Tell us your three favorite things about U.S. Cellular Field

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Three more things I love about US Cellular Field:

1. The World Series flag. Wrigley Field doesn't have one and never will.

2. The ample parking lots at US Cellular allow fans to properly tailgate with their friends before the game. No such option at Wrigley.

3. The lack of falling concrete, the sound of ACDC's Thunderstruck before the game, the Hey-Hey-Hey-Goodbye chant when an opposing pitcher is knocked out of the game, the fireworks after a home run, the clean bathrooms. Can;t get any of that at Wrigley.

Yes, I'm a Sox fan.

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