Indianapolis 500 Tickets
Witness what is known as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing by securing your Indy 500 tickets! The Indianapolis 500 is an annual IndyCar Series race held at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. Also known as the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race or the Indy 500, the race was first held in 1911 and won by Ray Harroun in a car called the Marmon Wasp. Since then, over 300,000 fans from all over the world annually descend upon the grounds of the 2.5-mile oval to see who will become the new Indy 500 Champion.
The race makes up the unofficial Triple Crown of Motorsports alongside the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix. Legendary drivers like Mario Andretti, Dan Wheldon and Dario Franchitti have made their names at IMS with Indy 500 wins. AJ Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears are the most successful drivers at the Brickyard, each with four Indianapolis 500 victories. Get your Indy 500 tickets to see the new winner drink the milk, wear the wreath and have their face added to the Borg-Warner Trophy this Memorial Day weekend!
Indy 500 Ticket Prices
The main factor that determines the Indianapolis 500 ticket prices for the Indy 500 is the seating location. Ticket prices vary depending on where the seats are located in relation to the track. Variables include seats that are closer to the track or higher up in the grandstands. In addition to the race, TicketSmarter will have Indy 500 tickets available for parking and other events on the Indianapolis 500 schedule, including practice, qualifying, Carb Day and Legends Day. Each of these events will have their own unique ticket pricing that is separate from the race ticket.
How much are Indy 500 tickets?
Tickets for the Indianapolis 500 have many different pricing options for different areas of the track. The cheapest options are the general admission ticket, which usually starts around $40. The general admission option gives you full access to the infield area while the race is going on with viewing mounds located in the corners to provide a better view of the action on the track. In addition to race day GA tickets, practice, qualifying, Carb Day and Legends Day are all general admission, including the seats in the grandstands. The prices for those events range from $10 to $40.
For reserved race day seating, the stands along the front stretch and into Turn 1 usually have Indy 500 tickets starting around $100 to $150. Penthouse tickets above the front stretch grandstand can be found starting at $200. Stand B Penthouse and Stand E Penthouse are among the most coveted seats at the speedway and start at $500 or more.
You can find tickets in the south chute and Turn 2 for $90 to $130. Tickets in Turn 3 through Turn 4 start at a range of around $70 to $110. Deck seats looking over the turns on both ends of the speedway will be above $250. When looking at ticket prices, remember that seats up higher will be more expensive as they give fans a broader view of the track. Lower seats do not offer the same full view, but allow fans to experience the raw speed of an IndyCar traveling over 220 miles per hour!
In addition to the race, fans can also add on Snake Pit tickets! The Snake Pit is an EDM concert with major stars like Skrillex and deadmau5 performing live. The Snake Pit concert starts at 7 am local time and finishes in the afternoon, with fans being able to watch the end of the race afterward. Fans wishing to attend the Snake Pit must also have a race day ticket to enter the grounds.
Indianapolis 500 Date & Schedule
The Indy 500 was traditionally held on May 30 from its inception in 1911 until the early 1970s when it was moved to the Sunday before Memorial Day. The race has remained at that date since, except for rain delays postponing the event until later in the week on a few occasions. The Indianapolis 500 is well-known for “The Month of May” with IndyCar drivers taking over IMS for two weeks. The Month of May starts with a week of practice, followed by two days of time trials, another practice session on Monday, Carb Day final practice on Friday, Legends Day on Saturday and then the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race on Sunday. In addition to the race, TicketSmarter will have Indianapolis 500 Qualifying tickets available for both days of time trials, including Pole Day, Bump Day and the Fast Nine.
Sunday’s pre-race festivities are an event in themselves with many race day traditions taking place until the race starts. Parking lots open at 5 am local time and an hour later, an aerial bomb will go off, signaling the gates into the track have opened. The parade of bands features local high school marching bands and the Purdue All-American Marching Band marching around the track. The famed Borg-Warner Trophy is also paraded around the grounds throughout the morning flanked by the Gordon Pipers. Historic race cars and past winners of the event will circle the track a few hours before the race starts.
Driver introductions start at noon local time, which is followed by the military march and many patriotic songs, including Taps and The Star-Spangled Banner. The traditional singing of Back Home Again in Indiana will take place just before the command to start engines. Once this is complete, the green flag will fly and 33 of the world’s best race car drivers will speed into Turn 1 three-wide.
When do Indy 500 tickets go on sale?
Race tickets for the next Indy 500 go on sale after the current Indianapolis 500 has been completed. Tickets will be available on TicketSmarter once tickets for next year become available. Indy 500 tickets won’t start being shipped until March or April at the earliest.
Indy 500 Seating Chart
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is the largest sports stadium in the world, with a seating capacity for more than 235,000 spectators. Seventeen grandstands that stretch from the entry of Turn 3, through Turn 4, down the front stretch, and through Turns 1 and 2. Massive video screens are strategically placed across from different grandstands to allow fans to see what is happening on the other end of the racecourse. Seating in stands along the front straightaway and into Turn 1 has multiple levels with the bottom areas providing shade. Seating in the turns have no shade but feature a lot of action as drivers make daring passes into the entry of the turn.
Turn 1 is the most sought after seating area as it allows fans to see the race start, lots of passing action and the pit stops. The best views are located up high in the four turns as these will allow you to see half of the track with one straightaway and two turns visible. TicketSmarter’s interactive seating map acts as a virtual ticket office and will show you each section of seating in relation to the track. You can also use the filter tool to sort your options by price, section and row. No matter where you sit, you’re bound to have an incredible race day experience at the Indianapolis 500. Secure your auto racing tickets today from TicketSmarter.
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