What’s your favorite sports venue? Readers of The Beverly Review chimed in with their favorite sports destinations.
“Soldier Field. I played there four times and won the 1970 Prep Bowl (with St. Rita) beating Lane Tech. My Mustangs, the only team in IHSA and Catholic League history to go 0-9 as sophomores to becoming city champs in only 2 years! I was the defensive coordinator at Bogan beating Tilden for Blue title.”
—Tim M. from Crestwood
“Wrigley Field. The history, the scoreboard, the ivy. Enough said. I was at Game 1 of the divisional series against the Giants. It was my first Cubs playoff game in person. It was a nail-biter between Jon Lester and Johnny Cueto, but Javy Baez hit a homer in the eighth; Cubs win 1-0. It was the first of 11 playoff wins in 2016.”
—Steve M. from Tinley Park
“Guaranteed Rate Field. I have a lot of fond memories there. When I was younger, I went to my first White Sox game with my dad. We bonded. Then in later years, we were able to watch a game [closer to the field]. I enjoyed it so much because I got to spend time with my dad and got to see my first baseball game.”
—Josh P. from Garfield Ridge
“The United Center. The crowd is always into the game, and there is always a lot of noise. I like to watch the Bulls play and yell at the opposing team. I just love the atmosphere, and I enjoy watching my hometown team play. It always gets me pumped.”
—Warren K. from Bronzeville
“Chicago Stadium and Old Comiskey Park. My wife and I lived in Lincoln Park back in the day when you could drop what you were doing and go to a Bulls game, and it was truly basketball fans in attendance.
It was when they first started turning off the lights for player introductions.
Jerry Sloan was the coach. The Bulls were on a push to make the playoffs.
Imagine the Stadium at its loudest; then magnify that by ten. It was enough to make the hair on the back of your neck stand on end!
I also remember attending the last game at Old Comiskey as the guest of two good friends along with my young son, Kyle.
When the game ended, the fans stayed in their seats as the players circled the field and sang along with Nancy Faust on the organ as she played ‘Hey, Hey, Goodbye!’ It was a fitting send-off for a stadium that held so many memories.”
—Bill G. from Beverly
“Guaranteed Rate Field is my favorite and probably always will be. I have so many memories there, and it’s always a good time when I visit. When I was younger, I was always so amazed by watching the pros. I would tell myself that’s where I want to be one day.
Also, the food there is amazing. There’s nothing better than eating a hot dog and watching the good guys play. I also went on the field and talked with a few players before.”
—Angelo L. from Midway
Next Week: What is your all-time favorite team? The 1985 Bears? The 2016 Cubs? The 2005 White Sox?
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