Historic sellout marks 100th Running of the Indy 500, Local TV delay suspended for 2016

Last Updated on May 26, 2016 by cassnetwork

penngradeindy500_2016INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials announced the first sellout in the history of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race today. All suites, reserved seating and infield General Admission tickets for the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil are sold out.

“There’s no event in the world like the Indy 500,” said Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles. “This sellout is a testament to the enduring legacy of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the thrilling racing of the Verizon IndyCar Series and the bright future for both.”

“The Indy 500 is a uniquely Hoosier event,” said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles. “The community support for the this race has fueled excitement for the 100th Running and paves the way for the next century for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indy 500.”

In conjunction with the sellout, it was announced that the long-standing practice of delaying the television broadcast in Indianapolis will be suspended for 2016. This is only the third time the race will be broadcast live on Central Indiana television and the first time since the early 1950’s.

“With no way to accommodate more fans at IMS, we are delighted to be able to suspend the television delay in Indianapolis, making it possible for those cannot be with us on Race Day to watch the 100th Running live. The traditional delayed coverage on WRTV will continue, so race fans who attend the race will be able to go home with their families and watch the broadcast Sunday evening.”

On May 6, IMS officials announced a sellout of reserved seating for the race. This included all grandstand seating, suite hospitality and several temporary suites built in turns 1 and 2. General Admission tickets continued to be available for purchase via the IMS ticketing office. Steady and increased demand for GA tickets led to today’s announcement. The Indy 500 Snake Pit presented by Coors Light is sold out as well. Tickets for Carb Day and Legends Day still remain.

While the Indianapolis Motor Speedway does not release official attendance numbers, the Indy 500 is the largest single day sporting event on the planet.

“What makes the Indianapolis 500 so special to our fans is the overall experience. It is more than just cars on track,” said Boles. “As demand continued to increase following the reserved seating announcement, we reached a point where it became necessary to stop selling GA tickets to preserve the infield experience.”

100th Running celebrations have been fueled by an action-packed 100 Day Countdown that began with a midnight party on the Yard of Bricks as the clock turned to Feb. 19. Festivities have been supported by the 100th Running Host Committee, a group of community volunteers and donors that have visited all 92 counties and activated several community programs to increase anticipation for the 100th Running.

Important Fan Information

Customers who already have Snake Pit tickets or IMS parking passes but have not purchased GA tickets will still be able to do so. It is heavily suggested that fans in this situation plan to purchase and pick up their tickets in person before the weekend begins. As a last resort, fans unable to do so should present their Snake Pit wristband or parking pass at the gate on Race Day, and attendants will sell GA tickets at a price of 40.

Other helpful tips to have the best Race Day possible:

Plan to arrive at IMS earlier than in previous years on Race Day. This is the best way to avoid longer traffic and entry lines. It is suggested that fans leave two hours earlier than normal and reach IMS by 8 a.m. IMS has a fantastic morning in store for Race attendees, including SportsCenter live from Pagoda Plaza, an enhanced Fan Midway and the Borg-Warner Trophy’s March to the Yard of Bricks. Click here to learn more.
Download the IMS mobile app via the Apple and Android store for up to date maps, on site directions, schedules and more.
Visit for maps, directions, alternative transportation info, gate regulations and other helpful information. Use this resource to plan your trip to the track on Race Day.
Pick up your purchased tickets early! If you still have purchased tickets to pick up, make your Race Day entry to IMS smoother by visiting the facility before the weekend begins to retrieve them.