The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats. // (c) 2011 momentcaptured1 / Flickr.com
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats. // (c) 2011 momentcaptured1 / Flickr.com

What is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility?

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats. // (c) 2011 momentcaptured1 / Flickr.com
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats. // (c) 2011 momentcaptured1 / Flickr.com

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) is the world’s largest spectator sporting facility, with more than 250,000 permanent seats.

The facility is so large, Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Roman Colosseum and Vatican City can all fit inside the IMS oval, which covers 253 acres.

IMF is home to the world’s largest single-day sporting event, the Indianapolis 500 and the world’s second-largest, single-day sporting event, the Brickyard 400.

In advance of Indianapolis Mother Speedway’s 98th anniversary celebration in May, the facility will welcome a new race, Grand Prix of Indianapolis, marking the first-time an IndyCar road course race has ever been conducted at the iconic track.

“The Grand Prix of Indianapolis is all about elevating the month of May, the Indianapolis 500 and the IndyCar Series with more thrilling content for our loyal supporters and new fans,” said Mark D. Miles, Chief Executive Officer of the Hulman & Company. “This will be a very different event than the ‘500’ and will be one of three major buying generic valtrex online weekends of excitement at IMS in May, all leading into the 98th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25.”

A $5-million reconfiguration project is underway on the existing IMS road course, which will transform the layout into a new 14-turn, 2.434-mile road course, with more speed and more hard braking zones to create more passing and competitive racing. The reconfiguration plan also includes new spectator mounds and new grandstands in the infield.

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ABC will televise the Grand Prix of Indianapolis live, which will run clockwise, the opposite of the Indianapolis 500, creating even more diverse competition during the month.

Events begin with IndyCar Series practice for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Thursday, May 8 on the new IMS road course. Practice and qualifying events are scheduled for Friday, May 9, with the race Saturday, May 10.

Tickets for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis will range from $40-75. Race Day general admission tickets are $25 for all customers. All seating areas will be general admission Thursday, May 8 and Friday, May 9. Admission is free Thursday and $20 on Friday.

Grand Prix of Indianapolis
www.GPofIndianapolis.com

Visit Indianapolis
www.visitindy.com