Indy 500 to have 40 per cent capacity with return of fans
Motor racing - 22 Apr 2021
The 2021 edition of US motor racing’s prestigious Indianapolis 500 will be watched live at the venue by up to 135,000 fans, 40 per cent of the track’s capacity, which would make it the highest-attended single sporting event in the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
Penske Entertainment, the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, announced yesterday it had secured permission for that number from the local Indiana government’s public health department.
This year’s Indy 500 will take place on 30 May, considerably earlier in the year than the 2020 edition, which was held on 23 August.
Last year’s Indy 500, part of the IndyCar series, was held entirely behind closed doors amid ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
Initially, 170,000 tickets for this year’s race were sold, before ticket holders were given an option last week to receive a ticket credit for next year’s race instead.
On race day, regulations such as mask-wearing, social distancing and temperature checks will be enforced.
In most years, the Indy 500 has a claim to be the best-attended single-day sporting event in the world, with at least 250,000 spectators on-site.