One of my goals in life is to visit all 30 MLB parks and, thus, far I've been to 11. Being a lifelong South Side of Chicago resident, I've been to more games at New Comiskey/The Cell than other park.
Over the years, it has taken a lot of criticism from various circles for various reasons. The upper deck is too high and steep (have to agree with this one). Bad neighborhood (it's not dangerous, there just isn't much around the park). Sterile and cold (improvements over the past decade helped a great deal). Tickets are too expensive (prices have been dropped for 2013).
But really, U.S. Cellular Field is a perfectly acceptable ballpark that just suffered from bad timing and sharing a residence with one of the great stadium icons in sports(that being Wrigley Field, obviously).
It's easy to forget that The Cell opened to generally rave reviews in 1991 since it was the 1st baseball-only ballpark opened in a few decades in baseball(think multi-purpose football/baseball stadiums with artificial turf as the alternative). However, a year later, Oriole Park in Camden Yards would be released, its mix of modern amenities and retro design completely changing the landscape of MLB parks and baseball in general. Suddenly, New Comkiskey(it's original name) with its blue seats and bland design seemed obsolete; it didn't help that White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf supposedly was offered the Camden Yards design for his new park, but turned it down.
Anyway, The Cell since has been renamed and refitted with a nice roof, attractive concourse area beyond centerfield with cool statues of White Sox legends, green seats more fitting of a baseball park, and other upgrades. Combine this with the original "exploding" scoreboard, loud music, and a usually competitive team, and The Cell makes for a fine place to watch a game.
However, there are shortcomings: no amount of rehab will ever turn The Cell into one of the modern baseball gems such as Camden Yards, PNC Park, or AT&T Park in San Francisco; it may be far more comfortable than Wrigley, but will never come close to the latter's charm and ability to whisk you away to a different era of baseball. The upper deck IS far removed from the action(though other modern ballparks suffer from this, as well) and the fact that ticketholders in the upper seats still cannot access the lower concourse is one of the worse aspects of the park.
U.S. Cell used to boast some of the best food in baseball 2 decades ago, but the variety doesn't stack up to some of the newer parks. The hot dogs and polish are still as tasty as ever, but when Digiorno's replaces Connie's as your pizza supplier, it's time to re-evaluate.
The Cell always offers a good baseball experience and deserves credit for that. However, it pales in comparison to many of the newer parks released in the last 20 years + in baseball, as well as the legends which preceded it and still stand to this day.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.