From their inception in 1901 as charter members of the American League, the Chicago White Sox have played on the city’s South side at three different ballparks: South Side Park, Comiskey Park and Guaranteed Rate Field. The club played a decade at South Side Park, 80 seasons at Comiskey Park and have called Guaranteed Rate Field home since 1991. With it’s opening in 1991 the ballpark became the first of many to open in the 1990s. In the early 1980s when Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn purchased the White Sox they began looking to replace Comiskey Park. Throughout the 1980s architects and club officials worked together to develop the best concepts for a new stadium. As early as 1985 the City of Chicago and the White Sox began discussing locations for a new ballpark. The city offered a location for a 50,000 seat stadium at Roosevelt Road along the Chicago River. In December 1986, the White Sox pitched a ballpark in a west suburban Addison location. A site next to Comiskey Park was also a possibility. Studies were also conducted by the White Sox Stadium Authority to renovate Comiskey Park. However, this was determined to be to expensive and the team preferred a new ballpark.
Voters rejected ballot measures to fund a new stadium leading the White Sox to threaten to move to Tampa, FL. However, Illinois Governor James R. Thompson was able to secure funding to keep the White Sox in Chicago. A site adjacent to Comiskey Park was chosen for the new ballpark and construction began May 7, 1989. Throughout the 1989 and 1990 seasons the new concrete and steel ballpark towered over Comiskey Park as it was being constructed. Completed in two years, it was named after its predecessor, Comiskey Park. Naming rights to the ballpark were sold to US Cellular in 2003 and the ballpark was known as US Cellular Field for 13 seasons. In November 2016 the ballpark was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field after the team signed a 13-year naming rights deal with the retail mortgage lender.
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