INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis 500 fans along the track will find Sunday that concession booths operate a little differently this year of restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Still, Paul Bonney, Levy Restaurants regional manager, said, “We’re really excited to have our fans back. It was foreseeable for a long time. ”
Bonney said operations had been streamlined for 2021; While almost all of the foods sold in previous years are still available, fans may have to go a little further to find them.
“They’re still getting all the options they need at the speed we need at the stands to keep them safe,” said Bonney. “It’s just not in every location. While there used to be a Philly cheesesteak at every concession stand, maybe every other (this year) has it so they can focus on the core business that is building our industry. “
The race will have 71 fewer concession stands than the last race, which was open to fans in 2019, but much of that is due to the lack of a large crowd in the infield.
Plus, be ready for fewer checkouts as Levy works to keep the social distance behind the counter. But with 40% fan capacity – that’s 135,000 people – officials are hoping the lines won’t be longer than they were in 2019 or earlier years.
Another big change: Indianapolis Motor Speedway will only conduct cashless transactions this year. If you want to use cash on the track, you have to exchange it at one of six reverse ATMs for an EC card, which can also be used after the day of the race. “The cards are good wherever Visa is accepted,” said Bonney.
The cashless transactions should also speed up the process, he said. Levy officials said cash transactions take twice as long as using cards or smartphones.
Levy and its partners will occupy 121 food and beverage locations this year, up from 192 in 2019.
After a year of preparation, Bonney has messages for the fans: “We are very happy that you are here. Be patient with us. We’re here to make sure you have a safe experience. “