White Sox set world record for dogs at a sporting event

The outfield seats at U.S. Cellular Field hosted 1,122 dogs and their owners Tuesday night during the White Sox game against the Indians, a Guinness World Record for the most dogs at a sporting event.

The Sox set out to achieve the record for their annual “Bark at the Park” event, and a Guinness World Record adjudicator was on hand to verify the record and award the club with a certificate for the feat.

The Sox needed a minimum of 1,000 dogs in attendance for the record, and the dogs had to remain in their outfield seats for a period of 10 minutes, starting at the top of the third inning, in order for the record to count.

A clock in the outfield counted down the 10 minutes during the third inning, and the Sox announced the record was achieved in the middle of the sixth inning.

“They were a little noisy but it’s kind of fun,” Sox outfielder Adam Eaton said. “It brings a different atmosphere to the ballpark. I think that’s one of the beauties of The Cell, really nothing is off limits.”

The dogs, many dressed in Sox gear, did a lap around the field before the game, and Sox second baseman Tyler Saladino said he could hear them barking throughout the game, which the Sox won 8-1.

“It was just funny hearing them yelling, like they didn’t know what was going on,” Saladino said. “They were just yelling back and forth at each other. That was a fun game though.”

Saladino’s dog, a husky named Luna, was at the game, and he said he thought she probably behaved herself. 

“She doesn’t get too loud,” Saladino said. “She knows not to bark, so that probably wasn’t her out there. … But she knows something’s going on because she was getting treats yesterday on the field, treats today on the field. She’s loving life right now.”

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