In an email sent to ticket holders on Friday, Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials confirmed their commitment to welcoming spectators to the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Aug. 23, with the venue capacity limited to 50 percent attendance.
“We’re committed to running the Indy 500 on Sunday, Aug. 23 and will welcome fans to the world’s greatest racing venue,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We will be limiting attendance to approximately 50 percent of venue capacity, and we are also finalizing a number of additional carefully considered health and safety measures. We’ll unveil the specific details of our comprehensive plan in the coming weeks.”
Where it doesn’t make sense to me is for IMS to NOT lift the blackout. IMS came out today and said even with 50% capacity, they still won’t live stream the race. It will be on tape delay at 7 pm local in Indianapolis. The only time the blackout was lifted was in 2016 for the 100th running of the race. With many fans having to stay at home, watching it on tv would add HUGE ratings for the race. For now, in Indianapolis, you will have to turn on the radio and listen to the race on ESPN 1070/107.5 THE FAN.
— Indianapolis Motor Speedway (@IMS) June 26, 2020
Guys, there’s a global pandemic going on.
Don’t hurt folks who want to see the #Indy500, but not risk their health to see it.
Lift the blackout.https://t.co/kblcxVS1k7
— Matt Glenesk (@MattGlenesk) June 26, 2020