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About This Area
The Paddock Area Located in the middle of the front straight and consists of three seperate areas. Boxes, Sections and Penthouse. The Paddock area has approximately 48 sections across and the rows go from A-T and then from AA-VV. Paddock Section Located close to track below the Paddock boxes near finish line The best location would be approximately section 11 with section 1 closer to Grandstand A. Paddock Boxes Located above the Paddock Section Best Location - Boxes 22 - 23 Paddock Penthouse Located above the Paddock Boxes Has a roof and goes from row A-I. There are 48 sections in the Paddock Penthouse. Section 1 is closer to Grandstand A and Section 48 is closer to Grandstand C. Tower Terrace Seats have best view of the pits Has seat backs - the seats themselves are aluminum Stands A, B & E 1st Turn
Boxes go from 1 - 32 in the Stands. Stands All have penthouse levels which provide essential protection from the sun and rain.
The best seats in section E would be boxes 1-17 in rows K and higher so you are under cover. By sitting in boxes 1-17 you'll be closer to section B and will have a straight view down the track as the cars head into the first turn.
If you go to boxes 18-32 the view is not as good as you are looking back at a slight angle as the cars go down the track.
E Penthouse 1st Turn Goes from Box 1 - 24. Box 1 is closer to stand B. Unlike the E stand, the E Penthouse has just 1 Row for each letter. The most sought after seats are in sections 1-15. Southeast Vista 2nd Turn Cars are cruising at their slowest which can be nice - Rows go from A to PP - Double letters being higher up. Northeast Vista 3rd Turn Best sections are 12-13 - Rows go from A to PP - Double letters being higher up. Northwest Vista 4th Turn Best section is 1 - Rows go from A to PP - Double letters being higher up.
Drivers Meeting Passes - The tickets are very cheap and get you into the stands to watch the drivers meeting. They are good for getting in the garage area after the meeting. All the drivers are gone to the parade, but it is a good chance to see the crews getting ready for the race, sometimes they are practicing their pit stops. Garage Passes - These are relatively cheap, about $30 each, and get you into the Garage area. The catch is you can only access the garage area with these garage passes after the race is over. Long pants are allowed and must be over 9 years old. The post-race garage pass is well worth it. Lots of former and present driver sightings, plus you can get up close to the cars and see what they look like after 500 miles. Cold & Hot Pit Passes - Cold Pit Passes are a bit misleading. They get you into the garage area prior to the race but they DO NOT get you in the Pit area. You can however walk up to a fence and look into the Pit are. Hot Passes on the other hand are very difficult to come by for the Indy 500. There is a pass called the "Hot Pass" which are extremely hard to come by and are given out to the Race Teams only. For this reason they are as expensive as the best seats and these do give you access to the Pits. From time to time we're able to secure Hot Pass tickets for our clients.
Tower Terrace Suites The Tower Terrace Suites are located inside the oval, along Pit Row just north of the Yard of Bricks. These private luxury suites are equipped with two private restrooms and 80 stadium-style seats that offer a spectacular view of the racing action.
Hulman Terrace Suites
The Hulman Suites are the nicest suites at the Indy 500 and are located on the outer west side of the track along the front straight, in the second deck above C Stand. They are bordered on the north by the Gate 7 tunnel and H Stand, and on the south by the Paddock. These private luxury suites are equipped with two private restrooms and 80 stadium-style seats that offer a spectacular view of the racing action. The Hulman Terrace Suite tickets include:
The Hulman Terrace Suite tickets include:
Admission Tickets Hulman Terrace Suite Parking Passes Private Restroom Private Restroom Climate Control Closed-Circuit Television Nice food stocked throughout the day Open bar Parking Pass with access next to the Suites.
Views taken from the Hulman Terrace Suite
Golden rules for car racing tickets which can be applied to watching the Indy 500:
- The higher the seats the better
- Try and get a seat with a back to it
At a track as big as the Indianapolis Speedway there really are no bad seats, just different perspectives on the seats.
Some people like to get as close to the center in front of the pits but at the end of the day it's a question of preferences. The Indy 500 race goes on for a long time, so I would reccommend a seat with a back to it. The seats in the Paddock, Terrace and Penthouse sections have backs but the Paddock Boxes do not.
In Stand B just to the right of the Paddock Section the seats have folding chairs. The Penthouse seats all have seat backs but the problem with the Penthouse seats is they are very high up. For those who are not crazy about heights or may have trouble climbing up a lot of stairs you might consider avoiding seats in the Penthouse. There are about 20 seats per row in each section. More details on seating below.
The Penthouse Sections and most of Stand A, B and E are covered to protect you from the sun and in case of rain.