The Indianapolis Motor Speedway could see as many as 175,000 fans in attendance for the annual Indy 500.
The president of IMS, Doug Boles, wrote in a letter to ticket holders regarding the race–which is currently scheduled for August, 23–informing them of the decision. Typically, full capacity for the track is roughly 350,000.
IMS will be limited to 50% of the track's total capacity. Roughly 175,000 tickets have already been sold & fans are receiving an email now outlining their next steps.
— Nathan Brown (@By_NathanBrown) June 26, 2020
“We’re committed to running the Indy 500 on Sunday, Aug. 23 and will welcome fans to the world’s greatest racing venue,” Boles said in the statement. “We will be limiting attendance to approximately 50 percent of venue capacity, and we are also finalizing a number of additional carefully considered health and safety measures. We’ll unveil the specific details of our comprehensive plan in the coming weeks.”
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing was originally scheduled for May 24, however, it was postponed due to the coronavirus. It could potentially become the largest gathering of people in the United States since the outbreak of COVID-19. The most glaring question obviously will revolve around the safety of spectators.
“We’re determined to do whatever we need to do, even if it’s non-traditional, to make this the best possible experience during the pandemic,” Penske president Mark Miles told IndyStar. “We feel like it’s our responsibility to do that, and we hope people will trust us to look out for the greater good here.
The Indy Star is reporting that fans who have already purchased tickets and are too apprehensive to attend the race will NOT lose seniority for events and that they will also be offered an account credit that they can use for other events.
175,000 people is a ton of people. Would you attend?