The stadium was built at a cost of $167 million and served as the first new sports facility in the city of Chicago in 62 years, when the Chicago Stadium arena was constructed. One of the major criticisms of the new stadium was the upper deck's angle, which gave people a feeling of vertigo. It was also noted that the last row of the upper deck in the original Comiskey Park was closer than the first row of the upper deck in the new stadium.
In 1996, a “Bullpen Bar” was added, where field-level seating in right field that was next to the visiting team's bullpen was added. Here, food and drinks were available to ticketholders.
One decade after opening, a seven-year plan of renovations began. The first of these added almost 2,000 seats between the dugouts and foul poles, while the Stadium Club restaurant was opened.
In subsequent years, such improvements as adding a party deck in center field, an upgrading of the scoreboard and more restaurants were added. In addition, a reduction of capacity from 47,098 to 40,615 took place, and the press box was moved from behind home plate to the first base side of the field. Then, from 2010-12, more renovations included the construction of a Beer Garden, an additional stop for public transportation and yet another restaurant. White Sox Highlights As the lone tenant, the White Sox have had their share of exciting moments, with the 2005 World Series victory over the Houston Astros at the top of the list. During three other seasons, the team reached the postseason: in 1993, they played in the League Championship series, while in 2000 and 2008, they played in the League Division Series. Other Notable Events The 74th Major League Baseball All-Star Game was held in 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field. The facility's predecessor had hosted the first All-Star Game 70 years earlier. In 2004, the stadium hosted two games between the Florida Marlins and Montreal Expos after Hurricane Ivan forced a shifting of the games away from Florida.