21 May What to Expect from the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis 500 – If you haven’t heard by now, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has confirmed that it will no longer be selling general admission tickets for this year’s 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, with events scheduled to kick off Sunday, May 29th, and gates opening promptly at 6 a.m. The Indianapolis 500 has experienced a ticket sellout of approximately 350,000, and all reserved seating sold out as of May 6th, the first time in 20 years. Needless to say, this year’s running is going to be quite special — for fans, drivers, the city of Indianapolis, and the world of competitive motor car racing.
What kind of impact is the Indianapolis 500 having on the city?
Aside from the fact that one of the biggest races will be taking place in the city coined “the racing capital of the world,’ the economic impact of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is quite significant, recruiting nearly $350 million, double what the city of Indianapolis earned during Super Bowl XLVI, according to Channel 13 WTHR.
What are some of the changes taking place during the Indianapolis 500?
With the expectancy of such a tremendous increase in participants for the Indianapolis 500, security measures will be tightened; to ensure that families are able to enjoy the Indianapolis 500 festivities fully, and without concern for their safety and comfort. Due to the large crowds, media presence, and the high volume of activity, experts are concerned that this year’s Indianapolis 500 session may not draw the types of participants we would like, ideally. So fans who plan to attend the race should be advised that security will be more strict, with more police activity than usual.
In an interview with Mike Bates, Senior Director of Safety and Security for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was revealed that there will added checkpoints throughout the arena. Police will also be scouring the area for prohibited activity, using the latest technology to scan for plates of stolen or suspicious vehicles. Federal agencies will also be on scene, providing enforcement support like k-9 units, cameras, communication tools, and other complex mechanics to help ensure a safe and memorable 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Any advice for those attending the Indianapolis 500 this year?
Whether you’re a racing veteran or this is your first year, the Indianapolis 500 in Speedway, Indiana is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kick back, unwind, and take in a different style of competitive sporting. Our advice, at Avalon Executive Transportation of Central Indiana, is that you enjoy as much of the festivities as possible; from the little details to the big, significant moments. Make the most of the crowd -make some new friends, and engage fellow motor racing fans. Try to enjoy the food — which is some of the best fair-style food you’ll ever taste (the lemon shake-up comes highly recommended). And enjoy the moment – when will you be able to enjoy the 100th cycle of anything? It’s very unlikely that you will experience another moment such as this, so make the most and the best of the every second of racing glory.
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