Indy 500 will be Pandemic’s biggest sporting event

Indianapolis (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 will be the largest sporting event since the pandemic broke out in early 2020 and is expected to fill 135,000 spectators on Sunday’s race.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in collaboration with the Marion County Public Health Department, has decided to allow 40% of the venue’s capacity. Speedway is the world’s largest sports facility, with more than 250,000 bleachers and can accommodate nearly 400,000 people on race day.

Other major sporting events included more than 73,000 fans in the Canelo Alvarez-Billy Joe Sanders match earlier this month in Arlington, Texas, and last month’s cricket match in Melbourne, Australia. 78,000 people participated. But the Indy 500 will reduce their sum this weekend.

The track has also decided to unblock local broadcasts and make it available to Central Indiana fans on the NBC from 11am (EDT).

The NBC scored an average of 3.67 million viewers and 2.3 ratings at the Indianapolis 500 last year, and the race left the Memorial Day weekend due to a pandemic in August, when the race was held for the first time in 104 runs without spectators. Takuma Sato won the championship. IMS also lifted the regular local blackout last year because spectators were not allowed.

The infield’s bustling “Snake Pit” will be closed and all traditional pre-race concerts will not be held, including Friday’s Carb Day. There are suite seats and the pagoda is open to ticket holders, but will be closed along the way.


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