Indy 500 plans 50% capacity for 23 August oval classic


The Borg Warner trophy for the Indianapolis 500


The Borg Warner trophy for the Indianapolis 500

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Indianapolis 500 officers vowed on Friday to securely stage the postponed motorsport basic with 50% spectator capability on the 250 000-seat Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

However there have been no precise particulars on how they deliberate to deal with greater than 100 000 folks with coronavirus security protocols.

The 104th Indy 500 was initially set for 24 Might on the famed 2 1/2-mile (4km) oval however the Covid-19 pandemic pressured a postponement and shut down the IndyCar season till earlier this month in Texas.

“We’re dedicated to operating the Indy 500 on Sunday, 23 August and can welcome followers to the world’s biggest racing venue,” Speedway president J. Douglas Boles mentioned.

“We will probably be limiting attendance to roughly 50% of venue capability and we’re additionally finalizing quite a lot of further fastidiously thought-about well being and security measures.”

Boles didn’t get into specifics about how the speedway would comply with such guidelines as social distancing and masks with greater than 100 000 followers.

Usually, Indy 500 capability can rise to close 400 000 with spectators in a position to drive in and park on elements of the infield space, which additionally embrace garages, seating areas, a museum and a part of a golf course.

“We’ll unveil the particular particulars of our complete plan within the coming weeks,” Boles mentioned, saying the speedway would stay in contact with public well being officers.

An announcement from the speedway mentioned people in high-risk teams are “inspired to think about staying house and returning in 2021.”



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