SPEEDWAY, Ind. — Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 will be one of its most attended races of the past 20 years.
“We are under 10,000 tickets remaining inside of our grandstands,” said IMS President Doug Boles.
Tickets still available
Seats have been completely sold out in the following sections: Pit Row terrace, Tower terrace, H stand, J stand, the A, B, E, and Paddock penthouses.
“The one area where we have the most tickets remaining is the North Vista,” said Boles. That’s the area between Turns 3 and 4. Boles estimates about 6,000-7,000 seats are left in that section.
According to Boles, Sunday’s 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 will be the most attended Indy 500 since the 100th running in 2016.
“With the expected crowd, it’s important for fans to arrive as early as possible with plenty of time to park and patiently make their way in through the gates. The earlier you can arrive, the better. There’s no shortage of things to do at the track, even several hours before the green flag. I hope everyone will treat this like the 100th Running and come out in the early morning hours ready for an epic day.”
Infield parking has been sold out, so people without passes will need to plan ahead. Boles recommends taking a shuttle from downtown, riding a bike, or finding parking elsewhere in Speedway and walking the rest of the way.
Earlier this week, IMS officials said there will be a heightened emphasis on security after 21 people were killed in a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school.
Boles says 1,100 law enforcement officers will be working the event. Some will be undercover; others will be plainclothes or in uniform.
A third-party security group will also work the race and inspect all bags and coolers brought into the event. There will be 21 pedestrian gates with 220 lanes.
Boles says all vehicles entering the event will be screened by federally and locally supplied bomb-sniffing dogs that can detect firearms.
“Obviously, you can’t have firearms here at the Speedway,” said Boles.
He says there have been security meetings with both local and federal authorities for the past few months discussing and planning for any and all situations.
IMS will have access to federal assets during the race including air support.
Race fans coming “Back Home Again” are encouraged to “Plan Ahead” through IMS.com/PlanAhead, an interactive web page that serves as a home base for fans headed to the track this weekend.
The “Plan Ahead” page features detailed information about the entire fan experience at IMS, including directions, parking, schedule, gate regulations, digital ticket guide, ADA accessibility and much more.