Speedway allows 40% capacity crowd for Indy 500

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The 105th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge will play host to 135,000 spectators – roughly 40% of the venue’s capacity.

Penske Entertainment officials devised a plan in conjunction with state and local officials and was approved by the Marion County Public Health Department.

The limited attendees will adhere to rules including mandatory mask and face coverings along with temperature checks upon entry. Spectators groups in grandstands will be distanced and spacing will be implemented. The infield spectator mounds will be closed and no general admission tickets will be sold.

The announcement is a world of difference from last season where the race was pushed to August and held without spectators. The Speedway welcomed roughly 10,000 spectators for October’s Harvest Grand Prix on the IMS Road Course.

“Our fans mean everything to us, and we can’t wait to welcome them ‘Back Home Again’ for this year’s Indy 500,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said. “The city and state have worked with us to identify the appropriate health and safety precautions so that we can successfully host a limited but very enthusiastic crowd. The health and safety of everyone coming to IMS, along with Central Indiana and the Hoosier State, have been paramount throughout this process.”

“The number-one thing fans can do to ensure a great Race Day is get vaccinated as quickly as possible,” Penske Entertainment President & CEO Mark Miles said. “We continue to offer vaccinations at IMS and will be extending our mass vaccination clinic throughout the Month of May. This is all part of the effort to continue getting Indiana back on track.”

The Speedway has served as a vaccination center and will do so once again from April 24-30 and select days throughout May.

Fans can visit IMS.com and will be given the chance to purchase tickets if they are available. Fans can still purchase tickets for all other track days with the same health and safety precautions. All concerts on Carb Day, Legends Day and in the Snake Pit on race day will be canceled.

Spectators also can roll their purchase into 2022 if they choose not to attend this year’s race.

Bronze and silver ticket packages will be available to vaccinated patrons.

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