Indy 500 Attendance: How Many People Can Gather

No official attendance number has ever been released or disclosed by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway management. However, the seating capacity goes beyond 250,000, and there are theories that the number can reach up to 300,000 attendees.

Indy 500 Attendance: How Many People Can Gather

How true is this?

We can use the reports from the management itself and other individual corporations.

Doug Boles, IMS President

In 2019, Boles expressed his satisfaction after the weather was all good, and from the pictures, there were more than 300,000 race fans.

Here is what he had to say.

“We’re going to have to have a good day to be right on target,” 

On asked about the walk-up attendance that is held before the race day, boles added that.

“The five-day forecast is when I start thinking about walk-ups. For three of our four days, we were down (in ticket sales) from where we were in 2018.”

“In terms of the eye, you’re going to look at it, and it’s going to feel exactly like last year. For us, we’re going to be 500 up or 500 down it’s going to be right in that space, and a lot of it depends on what happens this morning.”

Therefore, according to the IMS President, we can say that the 2020 Indy 500 live race will get as many attendees as 2019, close to 350,000 people.


Over the past few years, DigitalGlobe, which sets itself apart as the leading provider of data and analytics as well as high-resolution Earth imagery, has shown pictures that were expected to have more than 300,000 fans.

The pictures or the numbers are yet to be proofed.


There are speculations that Indy 500 can hold even up to 350,000 fans from all over the world. We can say that it can be true because the race has become so popular among the old generations as well as the younger ones.