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Guaranteed Rate Field Ground Rules

Please adhere to the following guidelines so that all fans may enjoy their experience at Guaranteed Rate Field.


Fans holding Lower Level tickets may seek autographs before games on either side of the dugouts, up until 25 minutes prior to the start of the game. White Sox players sign autographs for kids 13 and under with tickets on all levels prior to each Kids Day. Kids Days are scheduled on select day home games. See the 2009 season schedule for Kids Days dates.


The White Sox encourage fans to show their team pride, but banners may not be carried during play (due to sight line restrictions) or placed on the field. Signs may not be obscene, commercial in nature or cause a disturbance to other fans. Poles used to display banners or flags are not permitted.


Fans are welcome to bring cameras into the ballpark. However, video cameras may not be used to reproduce the game and must not interfere with other fans. No large camera bags are allowed into the park.


Children shorter than the turnstile arm (approximately 36") are admitted free of charge, but must share a seat with an accompanying adult. Children taller than the turnstile arm are required to have a game ticket.


Fans may bring single-speaker or personal radios and hand-held televisions into the ballpark, as long as they do not interfere with other fans' enjoyment of the game.


Pursuant to the Smoke-Free Illinois Act 95-0017 there will be no smoking inside of Guaranteed Rate Field. Smoking is not permitted within 15 ft. of any entrance or exit or any air handling units. Guests failing to comply with the policy may be asked to surrender his/her ticket and leave the ballpark.


Fans are welcome to tailgate before every home game in all White Sox parking lots, from two hours prior to game time (when the lots open) until the first pitch. Tailgating is not permitted after the game. Please use personal-size grills and bring one gallon of water to extinguish the coals. In order to maintain a family atmosphere, kegs are not permitted in the lots.

  • Carry in food in a small, clear (see-through) plastic bag.
  • Enter with small, soft-sided bags (no larger than 16” x 16” x 8”) that will be searched prior to entering the park.
  • Carry in one sealed plastic bottle of water, one liter or less in size, but no other beverages of any kind.
  • Guests holding tickets for the Upper Level must remain in the Upper Level.
  • Bottles, cans, hard-sided coolers or other liquid containers may not be brought into the park.
  • Guaranteed Rate Field will be free from foul/abusive language or obscene gestures by guests.
  • Intervention with an impaired or intoxicated guest will be handled in a prompt and safe manner.
  • Our guests' experiences will not be disrupted by unruly actions or behavior of others, including unauthorized persons entering the playing field.
  • Guests will show their tickets when requested and sit only in their ticketed seats.


Dugout and Photographers' Areas
  • Ball striking railings in front of photographers' pit and rebounding onto the playing field is in play.
  • Ball striking top step of dugout is in play.
Tarp Area
  • Thrown or fair ball that remains behind or under the tarp is out of play.
Home Runs
  • Any fair, batted ball that travels over the yellow line painted on the outfield fence is a home run.