Over 100,000 fans will be at the Indianapolis 500 in 2021.
A year after the historic race was rescheduled to August due to the COVID-19 pandemic and without fans, Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced on Wednesday that the race would be on 30. That six-digit number will be by far the most-attended sporting event since the beginning of the pandemic.
Alabama’s spring soccer game on April 18 is currently the most-attended event after the pandemic, with over 47,000 fans.
“The most important thing fans can do to make sure a great racing day gets vaccinated ASAP,” said Mark Miles, President and CEO of Penske Entertainment. “We continue to offer vaccinations at the IMS and will expand our mass vaccination clinic in the course of May. All of this is part of an effort to get Indiana back on track. “
Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been a mass vaccination site since April 1st. The fans have to wear masks during the race and will also have their temperatures measured when entering. General admission tickets are not sold on the route.
While 135,000 is still a fraction of the capacity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – 40% to be precise – the track has 250,000 grandstand seats and there is plenty of room for more fans to camp and spread out in the infield. While the Indy 500s are usually not officially announced at normal times, there have been races with an estimated 300,000 entrants.
That number of people routinely made the Indianapolis 500 the most-attended sporting event in North America prior to the pandemic.
“Our fans mean everything to us and we can’t wait to see them ‘Back Home Again’ for this year’s Indy 500,” said Track President Doug Boles. “The city and country have worked with us to put in place the appropriate health and safety precautions to enable us to successfully host a limited but very enthusiastic crowd.”
The Indy 500 2021 is the sixth race of the IndyCar season. The 2021 season began on Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama and will continue next weekend in St. Petersburg.
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