Chicago is a sports town, no doubt about it, and this summer Rosemont is introducing a new player to our sports-drenched town: the Chicago Dogs. Read on to learn about the newest member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball that aims to make every day fan appreciation day.
The name and logo
Not only is Chicago a baseball town, it’s a hot dog town . . . hold the ketchup. Named after Chicago’s oldest (and arguably favorite – sorry deep dish pizza) culinary tradition, the Chicago Dogs logo features the colors and stars of the city’s flag.
The Chicago Dogs set out to create the best ballpark experience in the US and with 6,300 seats, 7 private seating experiences, a 360-degree open concourse, 850 stadium garage parking spaces and pristine sod master planned by The Sodfather, legendary groundskeeper for The Sox, you have to admit they’re well on their way.
Co-owners Steven Gluckstern, former Phoenix Coyotes owner, and Shawn Hunter, former Coyotes president and president of Anschutz Entertainment Group Sports, weren’t messing around when they brought on former Boston Red Sox Manager Butch Hobson. He brings more than 30 years of baseball experience to Chicago as first a player and, subsequently, manager.
Things just got tasty with The Wiener’s Circle
No doubt The Wiener’s Circle is an iconic Chicago destination, and now you can get their signature char dogs and char burgers at Impact Field. To help kick things off, some of their celebrity staff will make special home game appearances. As part of this partnership, The Chicago Dogs will celebrate Wiener Wednesdays during every Wednesday home game by changing their name to The Chicago Wieners and playing in specially branded uniforms, complete with a Wiener’s Circle patch and #NoKetchup logo. The Wednesday home games will also serve as a celebration of Chicago’s oldest culinary tradition, with special offers for fans to enjoy.
While everyday will feel like fan appreciation day, things are extra special for the inaugural home opening weekend. Fan Friday on Friday, May 25 kicks things off with kids running the bases, commemorative tickets and post-game fireworks. Fireworks are repeated Saturday, May 26 with the first 1,500 fans receiving a schedule magnet and Sunday is Family Day with $3 bottomless popcorn, $3 bottomless fountain drinks, schedule magnets to the first 1,500 fans, post-game autographs and the Game Day USA Top Dog Youth Skills Competition.
On-going promotions that run all season long are as follows:
Family Sundays – Fans are treated to $3 bottomless popcorn and $3 fountain drinks, snag post-game autographs and can compete in the Game Day USA Top Dog Youth Skills Competition.
Mustard Mondays – Celebrate the chief condiment with a free mustard pack for the first 1,500 fans.
Brewsday Tuesdays – $2 domestic drafts all night.
Wiener Wednesdays – The Dogs will take to the field as the Chicago Wieners in their special Wednesday uniforms and fans celebrate with special offers based on Chicago’s oldest culinary tradition . . . hot dogs!
Thursday Village Fireworks – Enjoy post-game fireworks courtesy of the Village of Rosemont.
Fan Fridays – Special giveaway for the first 1,500 fans and kids run the bases post-game.
Firework Saturdays – Close out every Saturday game with a fireworks display.
Celebrating a birthday?
Baseball super fans celebrating a birthday or Little Leaguers can host a party in the suite near 3rd base that includes batting cages and catered food. No need to worry about antsy kids getting bored, as getting out of your seat and enjoying the stadium is encouraged.
Will you be checking out The Chicago Dogs? We’d love to hear about your game day experience in the Comments below.
— Maria Chambers