MLB Commissioner Considers New White Sox Stadium Talks – NBC Chicago

MLB Commissioner Considers New White Sox Stadium Talks – NBC Chicago

Talks about a new White Sox stadium appear to have reached higher levels, garnering support even from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Crain’s, Commissioner Rob Manfred reportedly said he was briefed extensively on the team’s potential move, calling it a “game changer.”

“Jerry (Reinsdorf) is very optimistic about the site,” Manfred said in the interview. “That would be a great deal for Chicago and the White Sox.”

Among the highlights that Manfred noted was the stadium’s “proximity to the city center,” which allows for additional entertainment options and easy transportation. He also noted that Reinsdorf had assured him that the potential move would require “no new taxes.”

“I’m supportive,” Manfred added. “The new facility could be a game-changer for the White Sox.”

The White Sox declined to comment on Manfred’s interview when asked by NBC Sports Chicago.

The interview comes on the heels of reports earlier this month that the White Sox were considering building a new stadium on a plot of land in the city’s South Side known as “The 78th.”

The move will take place after the team’s lease at Guaranteed Rate Field, which expires after the 2029 season, expires.

The White Sox have called Guaranteed Rate Field, formerly known as U.S. Cellular Field and Comiskey Park II, home since the 1991 season. The team’s previous home, Comiskey Park, hosted the South Siders from 1910 to 1990.

Throughout, the White Sox have been based on the South Side, with stadiums located in the Armor Square community area while the team has a deep connection to the city’s Bridgeport neighborhood.

The move to The 78 would see the White Sox leave their old neighborhood for the first time, moving the club to a plot of land in the South Loop bounded by Roosevelt Road to the north, the Chicago River to the west, and Clark Street to the west. east and the train tracks near Bing Tum Park to the south. Wells Street will be operated during the planned development.

The area will feature great public transportation access, with three CTA lines stopping at Roosevelt and State Street, just two blocks east of the property. Several bus lines also provide close access to the area. For fans who want to ride the river, there is also a water taxi stop at Bing Tum Park.

“The 78” is named after Chicago’s 77 officially designated “community districts”, with The 78 being marketed as an addition to the city’s neighborhoods.

District 78 was originally created from a landfill project to straighten the South Branch of the Chicago River that spanned from the 1910s to the 1920s.

The 78 consists of 62 acres of land in a prime location in downtown Chicago, and is currently slated to be the site of several office and residential buildings, including a 200,000-square-foot “Innovation District.”

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