While the decision to rebrand the Chicago White Sox's stadium as Guaranteed Rate Field had fans scratching their collective heads, last night’s ‘Bark in the Park’ produced plenty of tail wagging as an unprecedented number of canines took part in setting a new Guinness World record for most dogs at a live sporting event.
Usually quick to sell out well in advance, the White Sox have capped the number of four-legged fans at its annual dog day in the past. However, at last night’s game against the Cleveland Indians, the park opened a nothing short of a furry floodgate to ensure the record was shattered.
All told, precisely 1,122 dogs managed to sit relatively quiet in the ballpark’s outfield section at the top of the third inning for ten minutes to be counted. Later in the game, a representative from Guinness verified the number and made things official on the Jumbotron, resulting in cheers and celebratory howls. Chicago went on to beat Cleveland 8-1.