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U.S. Cellular Field offers $5,000 marriage proposal package

February 07, 2012|By Tracy Swartz, RedEye

It won't be a World Series ring, but the White Sox will still let you put a ring on it—for the right price.

Deal site Gilt City is offering Sox fans a chance to propose to their significant others onU.S. Cellular Field on a non-game day for $5,000. The deal, which includes a limo ride and two VIP tickets for a future game, ends Friday.

Sox spokesman Scott Reifert said the offer is new and unique to Gilt City, though the Sox "have had a number of marriage proposals" over the years including some before games, some during games and some on non-game days.

The Gilt City deal includes a 30-minute engagement photo shoot, a champagne toast with up to five guests, limo service leaving the stadium and flowers. The offer has to be redeemed by Dec. 31.

Of course, the cross-town rivals have their own standing deal for proposals at Wrigley Field. For $250, Cubs fans can get 30 minutes near home plate or the dugouts for their proposal but couples must provide their own photographer, a Cubs spokesman said.

For $500, proposals can appear on the Wrigley Field Marquee at Clark and Addison Streets. For the same price, wedding parties can schedule their photos at Wrigley Field (maximum group size of 30).

If Chicago fans prefer a more neutral team, consider Soldier Field. A spokesman said on-field proposals would be allowed on a case-by-case basis. A Blackhawks spokesman said the team does not have a deal similar to the Sox's offer.

This isn't the first time the Sox have gotten into the wedding game. The team introduced a "wedding experience" package in 2005, according to its Web site.

Fans could marry at the Cell on both game days and non-game days. Prices varied based on the amenities, but options included music by the ballpark organist and messages on the scoreboard.

Brian Wise, 28, opted for a low-key package when he proposed to Mandy, his girlfriend of two years, during batting practice before a Cleveland Indians game at the Cell in 2009.

Wise, a Lutheran pastor in Aurora, said he proposed the day he returned from a year-long internship at a Washington church.

"Mandy had no clue. She thought my dad had bought us tickets to see batting practice," said Wise, who lives in Arlington Heights. "[Sox officials] walked us through the back hall and then all of a sudden we were on the field."

Wise said they got autographs from Sox players, including from his favorite player, catcherA.J. Pierzynski, and a photographer suggested a picture by home plate.

As his girlfriend got ready for the picture, Wise told her he loved her and dropped to one knee. She said yes, and they married on July 4, 2010.

After the proposal, they watched the rest of the game from seats by the Indians dugout. Oh, and the Sox won 4-2.

"It was an awesome day," said Wise, adding that he shelled out about $1,500 for the experience. "I tell people now it's a romantic event to go to a White Sox game." | @tracyswartz

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