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Indy 500 to roll at 40-percent capacity in stands


SPEEDWAY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) - This year's Indianapolis 500 will be run with some fans in the stands.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has announced the 105th running of the race will take place with 40% of venue capacity, which totals some 135,000 fans, and certain health and safety protocols in place. IMS says the plans was developed in consultation with state and local health officials and has been approved by the Marion County Public Health Department.

Inside INdiana Business reports that race fans will be required to undergo a temperature check when entering the famed oval track and wear face coverings throughout the venue. IMS will ensure spacing between customer groups in the grandstands and elsewhere around the track.

IMS says spectator viewing mounds will be closed to the general public throughout the month of May and no race day general admission tickets will be sold. Additionally, frequent cleaning and sanitation processes will be in place.

“Our fans mean everything to us, and we can’t wait to welcome them ‘Back Home Again’ for this year’s Indy 500,” IMS President Doug Boles said in a news release. “The city and state have worked with us to identify the appropriate health and safety precautions so that we can successfully host a limited but very enthusiastic crowd. The health and safety of everyone coming to IMS, along with Central Indiana and the Hoosier State, have been paramount throughout this process.”

IMS currently has planned vaccination days scheduled from April 24-30. Vaccinations will also be available on select days from May 1-27. Additional details will be announced in the future.

“The COVID-19 vaccine is the best tool we have to help us return to the activities we love and have missed over the last year, and every day, more members of our community receive the lifesaving protection it offers thanks in part to community partners like Roger Penske and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Dr. Virginia Caine, director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department. "Our vaccination rates, combined with the outdoor nature of the event, make it possible for fans to return to these hallowed grounds for the Indy 500 this year. We are grateful to the IMS team for their collaboration throughout this planning process and appreciate their work to ensure vaccines reach our neighbors."

IMS adds the traditional Carb Day, Legends Day and Snake Pit concerts have been canceled.

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