Photo of a poorly attended Chicago White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field.

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The Chicago White Sox hosted the Tampa Bay Rays at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday in front of a crowd of 974 people. The White Sox organization announced a paid attendance of just over 10,000 people, many of which chose to stay at home because of the cold temperatures. In all fairness, Chicago did get hit with snow on Monday and the Chicago Cubs even cancelled Tuesday’s home game at Wrigley Field. The White Sox game was also originally slated to be a night game but both teams decided to play the game during the day. Day games seem to appeal more to the Chicago Cubs fans across town.

The game was the lowest attended game at Guaranteed Rate Field since April 9, 1997 when the Chicago White Sox hosted the Toronto Blue Jays in front of 746 people. On April 28, 2015, the Baltimore Orioles hosted the Chicago White Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards with no fans in attendance due to the Baltimore riots. The Chicago White Sox grounds crew did an excellent job at removing the snow off of the field on Tuesday so that the game could be played. Last week, the New York Yankees cancelled their home opener vs. the Tampa Bay Rays when four inches of snow covered Yankee Stadium.

The Chicago White Sox are already off to a slow start in 2018 and are expected to be one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball. The Chicago White Sox organization are already expecting poor attendance numbers for much of the 2018 Major League Baseball season.



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