The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be permitted to host up to 10,000 spectators at the inaugural Harvest Grand Prix, scheduled for Oct. 1-4.
The track announced Friday its safety plan for the event—which includes a practice day, two road races and two GT races—will allow for two spectator zones holding up the 5,000 people each. The zones will be in Turns 1 and 4. The determination to allow fans at the 300,000-seat venue came from the Marion County Public Health Department.
The decision to allow fans at the outdoor facility comes within days of other sports-related decisions by the health department, including limiting fans at Indy Eleven games to 2,500 fans and increasing the Indianapolis Colts’ capacity for its Sept. 27 game to 7,500 fans. Both teams play at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Fans at the racing events will be required to follow extensive safety precautions, including wearing face coverings, receiving temperature checks and practicing social distancing in their seating. Fans must also remain in their designated zones throughout their time at the facility.
“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of [Global Medical Response] as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”
The event will include two NTT IndyCar series races, on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, along with an eight-hour endurance race in the GT World Challenge series.
No fans were permitted to attend the Indianapolis 500 or the Indianapolis Grand Prix over the summer, making the Harvest GP the first time the speedway will be able to show off millions of dollars in facility improvements, including new video boards, updated concession stands and restrooms and 5G wireless throughout the venue.