White Sox preparing for CTA closings

The Chicago White Sox are not concerned about a possible drop in home attendance at U.S. Cellular Field following the Chicago Transit Authority's announcement Monday that the south Red Line will be closed for five months beginning in the spring of 2013, a team spokesperson said Monday.

The CTA announced Monday the Red Line from Cermak-Chinatown to 95th/Dan Ryan will be closed in the spring of 2013 to replace tracks which are more than 40 years old. The Red Line currently has a Sox-35th stop which is within a block of the park.

Around 15 percent of fans use the Red Line to reach U.S. Cellular Field, according to the White Sox.

"We look forward to working with the city and the CTA in putting together a plan that will make it as efficient as possible to get fans to and from the ball park in 2013," White Sox public relations director Lou Hernandez said. "We're confident there's other ways to get to the ballpark whether it's the CTA or Metra. We will have a plan in place."

Other options for fans will include the CTA's Green Line which has a stop at 35th and State and the Metra's Rock Island line which stops at 35th street. Both are within walking distance of the park.

Hernandez said the White Sox were previously informed of the CTA's decision to close the Red Line.

The White Sox rank 26th in home paid attendance this season with an average of 20,892 fans. They ranked 21st in 2011 (24,705), 17th in 2010 (27,091), 16th in 2009 (28,199) and 16th in 2008 (30,877).