Although the White Sox featured a starting lineup with several new faces -- including Cuban slugger Jose Abreu -- spring also made its Chicago debut with temperatures in the 60s for Opening Day at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday.
Sox fans, of course, were eager to put the area's brutal winter behind them and focus on the return of baseball. Sox officials also welcomed them with some new features at the ballpark this season:
• A "K-card" for fans in Section 154 whenever Chris Sale pitches. It's known as the K-Zone for Sale.
• Among the new food options are adobe mango chicken sausages, Beggars Pizza and bacon on a stick. Also a 3-pound banana split in a Sox helmet in selected areas.
• More specialty beers such as Revolution Anti-Hero IPA and Veteran Beer Company Blonde Bomber Ale.
• Xfinity Zone restaurant in the right-field corner offers the made-to-order carved sandwiches.
• A technology center across from the Xfinity Zone provides a cellphone charging station.
• A computer tablet for luxury suite holders to order food, buy Sox gear, interact on social media or enjoy the stats-heavy MLB At-Bat app.
• The ChiSox Sports Bar & Grill is the new name for the bar near Gate 4. Like last season, it will be open only on game days to fans with or without a ticket.