Mayor and White Sox Chairman Meet to Discuss New Stadium in the South Loop

In a recent meeting, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson and White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf engaged in talks that would ultimately keep the White Sox in the city long-term. The two talked about constructing a new stadium in the South Loop area.

In a joint statement to ABC7 Chicago, Johnson and Reinsdorf met to discuss the historic partnership between the baseball team and Chicago, emphasizing the team’s strategies to remain competitive and committed to the city for generations to come.

The partnership between the city and the team goes back more than a century, and the Johnson administration is committed to continuing this dialogue moving forward, the statement read.

According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox are engaged in “serious” discussions regarding the potential construction of a new stadium.

The proposed site for the stadium is the expansive 60-plus acre area at Clark and Roosevelt, known as “The 78.”

The news of the stadium discussions comes months after rumors about the team exploring the possibility of relocating from Guaranteed Rate Field once their lease expires in 2029.

Opened in 1991, Guaranteed Rate Field is owned by the state of Illinois. This isn’t the first time the White Sox were interested in relocating. In the late 1980s, the team appeared close to relocating to St. Petersburg, Florida, before the current field was constructed.

ABC7 Chicago contributed to this report.

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