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White Sox cancel fan convention over coronavirus concerns

SoxFest 2021, scheduled for McCormick Place in January, has been canceled due to the uncertainty of the ongoing pandemic

Lily Shure, 4, and her brother Ethan, 6 of Hoffman Estates, join Andre Jacques, 4 of Itasca on opening day of SoxFest 2015. Concerns about the coronavirus pandemic have prompted the White Sox to cancel SoxFest 2021.
Lily Shure, 4, and her brother Ethan, 6 of Hoffman Estates, join Andre Jacques, 4 of Itasca on opening day of SoxFest 2015. Concerns about the coronavirus pandemic have prompted the White Sox to cancel SoxFest 2021.
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Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the White Sox have canceled SoxFest 2021, the team announced Friday.

The fan convention was slated for a second straight year at McCormick Place Jan. 22-23.

“We are exploring new ways to connect with fans this winter,” the team said in a statement announcing the decision, which was not unexpected. “Additional updates about virtual program will be announced in the coming months.”

The weekend event serves as a kickoff before spring training, with many current players, former stars and staff attending and fans young and old enjoying photo sessions, autograph opportunities and seminars.

The Cubs canceled Cubs Convention in July.

“Each season, the entire organization looks forward to bringing our team and fans together at our annual fan fest in celebration of a new season of White Sox baseball,” the Sox’ statement said. “Given the uncertainty of the ongoing public health crisis, SoxFest has been canceled.”