INDIANAPOLIS — As the largest crowd since 2016 plans to gather at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday, May 29, fans should plan ahead and arrive early.
Fewer than 10,000 grandstand seats remain unsold for this year’s Indy 500. With more than 325,000 race fans returning to the Racing Capital of the World for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure a smooth entry into the facility fans are encouraged to arrive earlier than usual, even as early as 6 a.m. when gates open. This is the best way to ensure a smooth and quicker entry into the facility with time to visit activations and be in seats for the green flag.
“Ticket sales for the Indianapolis 500 continue to ride a surge of momentum as fans realize they can’t miss the full return of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “With one of the largest crowds in history, we know Race Day will be fantastic.
“With the expected crowd, it’s important for fans to arrive as early as possible with plenty of time to park and patiently make their way in through the gates. The earlier you can arrive, the better. There’s no shortage of things to do at the track, even several hours before the green flag. I hope everyone will treat this like the 100th Running and come out in the early morning hours ready for an epic day.”
Race fans coming “Back Home Again” are encouraged to “Plan Ahead” through IMS.com/PlanAhead, an interactive web page that serves as a home base for fans headed to the track this weekend.
The “Plan Ahead” page features detailed information about the entire fan experience at IMS, including directions, parking, schedule, gate regulations, digital ticket guide, ADA accessibility and much more.
Race fans are encouraged to download the IMS App and use brand new technology from NTT INDYCAR SERIES title sponsor NTT and its Smart Solutions platform, which will update the IMS App every 30 seconds with wait time information at each gate to allow race fans smoother entry into the facility.
IMS is offering a whole morning of thrills and entertainment for ticketholders looking to beat traffic and avoid longer lines by coming to the track early. Gates open at 6 a.m. following the traditional infield blast.
Many enjoyable opportunities are available to fans right as the gates open or shortly after, including:
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum Open at 6 a.m.
Located inside Gate 2 of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Museum will be open from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $14 for guests over the age of 62 and $8 for guests ages 6-15. Children 5 and under and Museum members are free.
Race fans can walk to the IMS Museum from the Speedway’s infield, and a free shuttle will run between the IMS Museum and tram stops located at 6th and Hulman and Tunnel 10. Pedestrians on the south end of the racetrack can access the IMS Museum via Gate 2.
Exhibits at the Museum this year include “Traditions,” which offers a unique look at the iconic moments that lead up to the Indianapolis 500, as well as “Roadsters to Records” that allows race fans to experience the 12 years that revolutionized the Indy 500.
Enhanced Midway Experience Open at 6 a.m.
This year’s fan Midway features several exciting attractions, including the INDYCAR Rookie Zone for kids, the action-packed Chevy stage and more.
Shopping and Food
Exclusive and commemorative 106th Running attire will go fast, so don’t miss out! Grab breakfast at one of the many concession stands open all throughout the facility, and then shop for family and friends while supplies last. Retail and food options are available at 6 a.m.
All IMS concession stands and merchandise locations are cashless this year. Tap-to-pay phone payments will be accepted, as will credit and debit transactions. Cash-to-Card machines, which convert paper money onto a temporary debit card, will be located throughout the facility. These funds can be spent inside the venue, outside the venue, online or anywhere in the world where Mastercard/Visa debit cards are accepted.
Cash is accepted at gates and ticket remotes for ticket sales.
With sunny skies and temperatures expected to be in the mid-80s on Race Day, IMS will have cooling buses located near the IMS Museum, outside Turns 1 and 4, and near the Turn 4 parking lot in the IMS infield. There will also be six water bottle filling stations located throughout the facility on Race Day in each of the four turns, as well as in Pagoda Plaza and behind Tower Terrace.
Borg-Warner Trophy March to the Yard of Bricks at 8 a.m.
The iconic Borg-Warner Trophy will begin an epic march to the Yard of Bricks at 8 a.m. from the basement doors of the IMS Museum. Line up outside the Museum for a chance to see the Trophy – escorted by the Gordon Pipers – begin its journey. From the IMS Museum, the Borg-Warner Trophy will head toward the South Pit Gate, Pagoda Plaza and IMS Midway before reaching the famed Yard of Bricks.
Caesars Sportsbook Lounge at Pagoda Plaza
Don’t miss the opportunity to place your bets for the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge by visiting the all-new Caesars Sportsbook Lounge at Pagoda Plaza. As the Official Sports Betting Partner of the Indy 500 and IMS, this lounge will provide Caesars Sportsbook app users with an elevated viewing experience with complimentary food and drink, live entertainment and racing games to go along with branded giveaways. In celebration of the 106th Running, Caesars Sportsbook will offer new customers an exciting promotion: download the Caesars Sportsbook app and make a first-time deposit of $20 to receive $106 in free bets along with entry into the Caesars Sportsbook Lounge at Pagoda Plaza.
Epic Pre-Race, Be in Your Seat for It!
This year’s pre-race festivities for the Indianapolis 500 are a carefully organized and choreographed show that will entertain race fans at any moment they are in their seats. It will feature two fantastic flyovers, military tributes, a DJ on the Pagoda 3 stage, former Indy 500 winner and historic race car laps around the famed 2.5-mile oval, the heartfelt singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana” by Jim Cornelison, the national anthem sung by Broadway star Jordan Fisher, blockbuster actor Miles Teller waving the green flag to start “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and so much more.
Additionally, all Speedway patrons should be aware of the following facility information and regulations to ensure a successful day at the track:
Parking for the Indianapolis 500 is sold out, including ADA and motorcycle parking. All IMS exterior parking lots open at 5 a.m. on Race Morning, while interior lots open at 6 a.m.
Bike to the 500 and Bike Parking
IMS and Bike Indianapolis have collaborated to offer race fans a safe and healthy way to commute to the track on Race Day. The commute starts at the AMP at 16 Tech and follows a police escort to the racetrack, where cyclists will then park outside the famed Gate 1. Race fans can register for Bike to the 500 here.
Bike parking is available for all cyclists at Gates 1, 6 and 9.
Race fans who are not planning to park at the racetrack should consider using a rideshare program, such as Uber or Lyft, when traveling to or from the facility on Indianapolis 500 Race Day. Guests using rideshare services like Uber, Lyft or taxis will be dropped off at the corner of 10th & Polco Streets. Guests also will be picked up at this location after the race. IMS also offers a Race Day round-trip shuttle service that provides a stress-free trip to the Indianapolis 500. Shuttle services pick up and drop off from the Indianapolis International Airport or at Gate Ten Events and Parking, located across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium. Those riding the shuttle will be dropped off and picked up from the Main Gate parking lot. Indy 500 shuttle services can be purchased here.
Pedestrian Gate Entry
Public pedestrian gates open are: Gate 1, Gate 1B.1, Gate 1C, Gate 2, Gate 3, Gate 4, Gate 5N, Gate 5B, Gate 6N, Gate 6S, Gate 6B, Gate 7S, Gate 7 Vehicle, Gate 7N Gate 9, Gate 10, Gate 10A, Gate 11A, Gate 11B, Gate 11C, Gate 12.
Vehicle Traffic at Gate 9A
Gate 9A is no longer open to vehicular fan traffic. Fans who previously used this gate should plan ahead and choose another route for entrance to IMS.
Digital tickets are accessible via a mobile device only. Fans can access and manage their digital tickets by logging into their IMS.com account on their smart phone’s web browser or via the IMS App. Fans are encouraged to ensure the brightness on their smart phone is turned up before approaching the gate for a seamless scanning of their digital ticket. Race fans are also encouraged to visit the IMS Digital Ticket guide to manage their digital tickets and enhance their at-track experience.
Weekend Street Parking
Race event parking restrictions in the Town of Speedway will be enforced during the Indianapolis 500. No parking will be allowed on the south and east sides of any street bound by 25th Street on the north, Georgetown Road on the east, Lynhurst Drive on the west and Crawfordsville Road on the south from 6 p.m. Thursday through 8 p.m. Sunday. Additionally, race fans will not be able to park on Main Street in Speedway between 10th Street and 16th Street on Race Day starting at midnight.
Parking will also be restricted in other areas of the Town of Speedway on Indianapolis 500 Race Weekend from 6 p.m. Thursday through 8 p.m. Sunday along several neighborhood streets. Local streets impacted by street parking can be found here.
Race fans should be aware of multiple road closures before making their way to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Race Day. Those include:
- Speedway Police Department will close Georgetown Road at 6 a.m. on Race Day to all vehicular traffic. Guests accustomed to entering Gate 7 should enter through Gate 2 or Gate 10. Local residents are encouraged to make provisions for the temporary traffic restriction. Georgetown Road will remain closed until approximately one hour after the race.
- Speedway Police Department will also close 16th Street between Olin Avenue and the roundabout from approximately noon until the end of the race. Additionally, 16th Street will not be accessible from Polco Street, as it will be blocked at 10th Street.
- The Indiana Department of Transportation is reconstructing the I-65/I-70 interchange between the north split and Washington Street in downtown Indianapolis. I-70 eastbound and westbound traffic will be routed around I-465. I-65 northbound and southbound traffic will be routed through the South Split, I-70 and I-465. Drivers southbound on I-65 will not be able to enter westbound I-70, and drivers northbound on I-65 will not be able to enter eastbound I-70.
Additional Resources and Information
Drivers can learn the locations of work zones and highway restrictions by calling INDOT’s TrafficWise at 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or viewing an online map at pws.trafficwise.org or visiting @TrafficWise on Twitter.
No coolers larger than 18 inches by 14 inches by 14 inches can be brought into the facility, which will be strictly enforced. Fans will be allowed to bring one cooler and one standard backpack or book bag per person. Coolers are allowed inside the Snake Pit gates.
For more information regarding access to IMS, visit IMS.com. For additional information, follow on Twitter the Indiana State Police @IndStatePolice, the Speedway Police Department @SpeedwayPD or listen to radio stations WFNI-FM 107.5/WFNI-AM 1070 or WIBC-FM 93.1. The Speedway Police Department can be reached for non-emergency services by dialing 311 on a cell phone. The goal of 311 is to provide an easy-to-remember number for non-emergency services while freeing up 911 lines for timely emergency response.