Game-Changing White Sox Stadium Proposal Gains Support from MLB Commissioner

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – The possibility of a new stadium for the White Sox has gained significant support, including from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. In an exclusive interview with Crain’s, Commissioner Manfred expressed his enthusiasm for the potential move, calling it a “game changer.” The proposed stadium’s proximity to downtown Chicago was highlighted as a major advantage, offering increased entertainment options and easier transportation. Commissioner Manfred also stated that the move would not require any new taxes.

The White Sox organization declined to comment on Commissioner Manfred’s interview. Earlier this month, reports emerged suggesting that the team is considering building a new stadium on a plot of land in Chicago’s South Loop area, known as “The 78.” This move would take place after the expiration of the team’s lease at Guaranteed Rate Field in 2029.

Guaranteed Rate Field, previously known as U.S. Cellular Field and Comiskey Park II, has been the White Sox’s home since 1991. Before that, the team played at Comiskey Park from 1910 to 1990. The proposed move to The 78 would mean leaving their longtime neighborhood for the first time. The South Loop location is bordered by Roosevelt Road, the Chicago River, Clark Street, and train tracks near Ping Tom Park. The planned development includes Wells Street.

The area offers excellent public transit access, with three CTA lines located near the property, as well as bus lines and a water taxi stop at Ping Tom Park. “The 78” gets its name from Chicago’s 77 officially defined community areas, with The 78 being marketed as an addition to the city’s neighborhoods.

The site for The 78 was originally a landfill project aimed at straightening the South Branch of the Chicago River in the early 20th century. It currently comprises 62 acres and is strategically located in downtown Chicago. The area is slated for the construction of office and residential buildings, including an “Innovation District” spanning 200,000 square feet.

As discussions about the potential new stadium continue, the White Sox’s future location remains uncertain. However, the support from MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred indicates the potential for a significant change for the team and the city of Chicago.