2020 Indy 500 will run with fan capacity limited to 50 percent

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials have insisted that the 2020 Indianapolis 500—postponed from its traditional Memorial Day weekend date until August 23—will run with fans in attendance. Now they’ve made it official.

The 104th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will be held with spectators, but capacity will be limited to 50 percent. In a letter to Indy ticket holders, IMS President J. Douglas Boles said a comprehensive plan will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Understanding how important the 500 is to our fans and our community, we have worked tirelessly to overcome the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Boles wrote. “After continued consultation with local and state health officials, along with feedback from fans like you, we are committed to running the Indy 500 as scheduled and with spectators in our stands. To do so, we will implement enhanced health and safety measures across nearly all facets of our August events. One key pillar of our plan is to realign seating to allow for more space between customers on Race Day.”

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Ticket holders are being asked log into their account at IMS.com by Monday, July 6 and confirm their existing ticket order or request any changes. Credits will be available for ticket holders who choose to adjust their order. Individuals in high-risk groups “are encouraged to consider staying home and returning in 2021.” Ticket holders who have questions or need assistance completing the online form are asked to call the IMS Ticket Office at (317) 492-6700 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

Ticketholders who choose not to retain some or all of their current order will receive an IMS account credit good for other IMS events, including 2020 practice, qualifying and Miller Lite Carb Day, the INDYCAR Harvest GP, or 2021 Indy 500 renewal.

New race day tickets will be issued to all customers for the rescheduled Indianapolis 500, which is presented by Gainbridge. Fans are encouraged to wear face masks and also visit IMS.com/COVID19 for additional information and FAQs.

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Cars exiting the grid at the 2019 Indy 500. IMS/Jason Porter
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