CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - During Friday’s home opener at The Cell, Chicago White Sox fans had to endure rain, sleet and snow.
FOX 32 spoke with a few die-hards before they made their way through the turnstiles on what was a wintry-spring afternoon
Opening day at the ballpark is supposed to be a sure sign that spring has arrived. But take a look at Friday’s home opener at U.S. Cellular Field and fans were dressed up like they were attending the Iditarod.
Snow was falling furiously as people filed into the stadium, and the frigid cold was not going to stop them.
FOX 32: you're wearing this really warm looking poncho...is this what you normally wear to a Sox game?
“Only when it's this cold out,” said Sox fan Luke Seiffert.
And what a difference a year makes! A look at fans making their way into The Cell almost a year ago shows fans in short sleeves and one guy in shorts!
Unfortunately, FOX 32 couldn't find a single person in short sleeves.
The temperature just prior to the opening pitch was a brisk 36 degrees, which had some fans thinking about another Chicago team.
"I figured I would dress like I was going to a Bear's game today,” one fan said.
'It’s almost like you're going to a Bears game or some kind of ball game, not necessarily a baseball game,” another person added.
Not so fast, though. Last year, the average temperature at bear’s home games was a balmy 48 degrees. Still though, for at least one fan, Friday was about showing White Sox pride, without the parka.
FOX 32: have you been to opening day before?
"Oh yeah, a bunch of them,” said Salvadore Enriquez.
FOX 32: how many of those opening days have been like this? It’s snowing right now!
"I’d say pretty much all of them without the snow, but they're all pretty cold...I’m well prepared because I’m warm blooded,” he added.