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IMS not expecting sellout for Indianapolis 500; local blackout likely

More than 90% of the track’s permanent seating is sold out for May 29 race, including all of the track’s suitesGetty Images

Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles said that barring a “significant change in daily sales," the track does not "expect to sell out it’s roughly 240,000 reserved grandstand seats" for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500, according to Nathan Brown of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR. Ticket demand for the race has "not been surpassed since the historic 100th running” in ’16, and as of last Friday, Boles said that “more than 90% of the track’s permanent seating is sold-out, including all of the track’s suites.” But without a complete sell-out, it “all but certainly means another year of a local blackout of the race’s live broadcast.” The tape-delayed broadcast of the race "will air on NBC" later Sunday evening, meaning those in the blackout area will "have to wait rather than being able to watch the race live when the green flag drops" around 12:30pm ET. Boles said that there "isn’t clarity" whether central Indiana race fans who have purchased a Peacock Premium subscription through NBC will "be able to watch the race live either.” The “biggest change” from the last time IMS hosted an Indy 500 without attendance restrictions in ’19 was the "expansion of the Snake Pit’s footprint in the infield." While ticket sales are not "currently at the level they’ve been at in the past,” Boles said that EDM music fans are "buying tickets even closer to event sates than years ago” (INDIANAPOLIS STAR, 5/15).

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