Will the White Sox bring back SoxFest ahead of the 2024 season? Your guess is as good as ours and theirs.
In a statement released on Wednesday evening, the team said the following:
“No official plans for SoxFest to announce at the moment, but we are working on plans to celebrate fans this winter.”– Chicago White Sox
The quote comes as tickets go on sale Thursday for the Cubs’ annual fan convention, set to take place at the Sheraton Grand Chicago from January 12-14, 2024. As you may recall, the White Sox waited until late October last year to announce any sort of update, and it turned out to be the cancellation of the 2023 fan convention due to “several factors.”
“We recognize our fans may be disappointed the event will not take place,” the team said in a statement last October. “Please check back throughout the 2023 baseball season for updates regarding future plans.”
The cancellation marked the third-straight year that SoxFest has not been held. The team never provided any sort of update on what exactly the “factors” were, and there was no attempt to offer any sort of alternative prior to the season.
McCormick Place served as the host for the once-annual fan convention when it was last held in 2020 after a number of years at the Chicago Hilton. The last gathering saw an increased number of fans as the team’s window of contention opened up. SoxFest eventually did not take place in either 2021 or 2022 due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It’s hard to say if the positive trend would’ve continued had it continued to be held, though a solid managerial hire and notable offseason acquisitions could’ve certainly helped in recreating some hype. With the contention window now slammed shut and the organization in turmoil after troubling accusations related to their culture, it’s hard to say what the future may hold.
The bottom line is this, all fans deserve better and the organization should at least provide better transparency related to the process this time around. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that some sort of positive update related to the event is shared.
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