Chicago, IL (April 23, 2019) – NBC Sports Chicago - THE Home of the #AuthenticFan - has announced its White Sox & Cubs Authentic Fan Night dates, giveaways, and fan experience details for the 2019 MLB season. The first of nine White Sox “Authentic Fan Nights” takes place on Wednesday, May 1 at Guaranteed Rate Field, while the first of seven Cubs “Authentic Fan Nights” will be held on Wednesday, May 22 at Wrigley Field. Plus, NBC Sports Chicago will deliver live remote “Authentic Fan Night” editions of SportsTalk Live, Baseball Night in Chicago, and its exclusive ‘Facebook Live’ presentation of The Rush all season long (remotes to be located at the ChiSox Bar & Grill across the street from Guaranteed Rate Field and on the grounds of Gallagher Way just outside of Wrigley Field).
In addition, NBC Sports Chicago will once again put the spotlight on an “#AuthenticFan of the Game.” Lucky White Sox & Cubs fans will have their moment to shine as they enjoy a unique, behind-the-scenes experience at the ballpark by simply submitting a photo/video showcasing their fandom and explaining why they should be chosen as a “Fan of the Game” this season. The winning “#AuthenticFan of the Game” will receive a pair of premium tickets to an upcoming “Authentic Fan Night” game, which includes numerous once-in-a-lifetime game night experiences, including a visit to the broadcast booth to meet NBC Sports Chicago’s White Sox announcers Jason Benetti & Steve Stone or Cubs announcers Len Kasper & Jim Deshaies, along with a visit to the NBC Sports Chicago production truck, special “Authentic Fan” prizes, and much more. For official rules, submission info, and full details on this season’s upcoming “Authentic Fan Night” schedule, fans are urged to visit the network’s dedicated White Sox (NBCSportsChicago.com/WhiteSoxAF) and Cubs (NBCSportsChicago.com/CubsAF) “Authentic Fan” microsites.
“Since we began our ‘Authentic Fan’ campaign in the fall of 2017, we have been able to further engage and forge a deeper bond with our viewers more than ever before,” said Jessica Felten, Director of Marketing, NBC Sports Chicago. “Chicago prides itself as having the most passionate sports fan base in the nation and nothing is more important to us than providing our fans with the opportunity to further connect them with the teams and players they love so much.”
Please note the following White Sox and Cubs “Authentic Fan Night” details for the 2019 season:
WHITE SOX -- “AUTHENTIC FAN NIGHT” DATES & GIVEAWAYS
(NOTES: First 500 fans to visit the NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan Booth” located outside Section 157 & 158 will receive that evening’s designated free giveaway; all games 7:10pm first pitch unless noted otherwise)
• Wednesday, May 1 vs. Baltimore Orioles – White Sox jersey tote bag
• Friday, May 17 vs. Toronto Blue Jays – “Trust the Prospects” t-shirt
• Saturday, June 1 vs. Cleveland Indians (day game, 1:10pm first pitch) – Sunglasses
• Friday, June 28 vs. Minnesota Twins – Baseball cap
• Monday, July 22 vs. Miami Marlins – “Ride with Us” t-shirt
• Wednesday, July 31 vs. New York Mets – Tank top
• Monday, August 12 vs. Houston Astros – Lunch box
• Wednesday, September 11 vs. Kansas City Royals – Backpack
• Friday, September 27 vs. Detroit Tigers – Photo bobblehead
CUBS -- “AUTHENTIC FAN NIGHT” DATES & GIVEAWAYS
(NOTES: First 500 fans to visit the NBC Sports Chicago “Authentic Fan Booth” located inside the Gallagher Way gate will receive that evening’s designated free giveaway; all games 7:05pm first pitch unless noted otherwise)
• Wednesday, May 22 vs. Philadelphia Phillies – Cubs (crawling cub logo) t-shirt
• Tuesday, June 4 vs. Colorado Rockies – Cubs jersey tote bag
• Monday, June 24 vs. Atlanta Braves – Sunglasses
• Monday, July 15 vs. Cincinnati Reds – Tank top
• Friday, August 2 vs. Milwaukee Brewers (day game, 1:20pm first pitch) – Tube socks
• Wednesday, August 21 vs. San Francisco Giants – Lunch box
• Monday, September 16 vs. Cincinnati Reds – Baseball cap
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