Best Seat in the House

This was the view is from the last row of US Cellular Field prior to the 2004 renovation.

This was the view is from the last row of US Cellular Field prior to the 2004 renovation.

Working as a photographer in Chicago will take you to some unique places. This particular spot is interesting because the seat I sat in to take the photo no longer exists. Prior to a 2004 renovation of the park, this seat behind home plate was the highest and last row at US Cellular Field. If you were watching the Chicago White Sox from up here, you probably had a good workout walking up. Eight rows and 6,600 seats were removed from the top of the ballpark’s upper deck. A flat roof, elevated 20 feet above the seating area, has replaced the old roof, covering all but eight rows of seating. The upper deck concourse was partially enclosed from the weather by a translucent wall. The stadium was the first new sports venue built in Chicago since 1929 (The United Center opened in 1994). It was also the first baseball-only park since Royals Stadium (now Kauffman Stadium) opened in 1973, and the last built before the recent wave of new “retro classic” stadiums.

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