Indianapolis 500 Capacity Reduced Again, Race Still Scheduled For August 23rd
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced on Tuesday that attendance will be limited to 25% capacity for the 2020 edition of the Indianapolis 500 and spectators will be required to wear face coverings.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway can hold approximately 350,000 fans in the grandstands, suites and infield, but officials said last month only 50% capacity would be admitted for the rescheduled August 23rd race. The number was adjusted Tuesday.
Tickets will not be sold after Friday and IMS has a 95-page plan on guidelines and health protocols it will release later this week. Among the precautions the speedway will take is reassigning seats for social distancing, distributing hand sanitizer and administering temperature checks at entry and limiting options from concession stands to mostly prepackaged foods to eliminate lines.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest outdoor sporting venue in the world and the original plan would have permitted roughly 175,000 spectators for the race originally scheduled to run Memorial Day weekend. Now roughly 87,500 fans can attend, which would still make the Indy 500 the largest sporting event since the pandemic began in March.
IMS will fulfill all ticket requests that have been received from existing customers. Those tickets will be distributed beginning the first week of August.