Everyone knows the shrine on the north side of Chicago aka Wrigley Field. Well the better bang for the buck might just be on the south side of Chicago. Ticket prices are on approx avg. $40 cheaper at the Cell. Parking is easy access and moves pretty well for a sports venue.
I don't believe there is a bad view anywhere in this park. Maybe, a feeling of being off the action a bit, but the work done on this park since its awful opening has been great. Going to the green colored seats, adding seats to the foul pole area, changing the layout of the bullpens have helped make this a easier view. Allowing fans to stand and stretch in the outfield lets fans focus more on the game instead of another party's chat. The Fundamentals area in left field allows kids to get some of that energy out of their system, provides coach'n tips from instructors, etc.. The statues of Sox legends are a really neat idea. Right field bar is a great idea with added seating right on the action.
The food choices seemed never ending. There is, like in every park, the hamburgers, hotdogs, beer popcorn, etc. The Cell took it to the next level offering Hooters Chicken Wings, Cuban Sandwiches, tasty nachos in Sox batting helmets (best deal in park btw), imported and domestic beers, etc etc.. By far the best tasting food in a Chicago sports venue and possibly tops in stadiums throughout the U.S. A little inside hint/tip.. The Sox do let you bring in outside food which can really help the budget. FYI they only let in un-open bottles of water (but no complaints, I think this is great and not practiced much in MLB). Tailgating is still allowed.. They also usually offer a pre-game deal in the "patio" area of right field 2 hours open bar all you can eat and drink.
The staff of the Cell is very friendly from the ticket takers to even the security personnel (they were actually friendly, fun, and the police..wow). Plenty of vendors walk'n the stands.. All seemed genuinely happy to help.. Children also get a neat certificate to show their 1st trip to the Cell.
I'll now explain the Very Good review compared to it being excellent. There is no neighborhood atmosphere (ex: a place to go to let traffic subside).. No bars, restaurants, etc.. Bacardi At The Park is a very expensive place and personally average. Options in the park should = options outside, plus this might help with walk up. Attendance is horrible for such a nice park, but as someone told me the team has floped each of the last 3 Septembers and this is a neighborhood of working class poor ( I like that example haha).. The outfield (right field) seemed to attract a crowd that made it un-family oriented (dressed like gang bangers, foul language, etc).. Security always seemed to be moving out there and did a good job curbing disturbances.. I guess you can't always pick the crowd that show up for a game..
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