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Indy 500 Seating Guide

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Indy 500 Seating Chart



About This Area

The Paddock Area
Located in the middle of the front straight and consists of three seperate areas. Boxes, Sections and Penthouse.
Paddock Section Located close to track below the Paddock boxes near finish line Goes from rows A-T and AA-VV - Best location is Section 11
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.
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.
Stand E Penthouse 1st Turn Goes from Box 1 - 24. Box 1 is closer to stand B.
Southeast Vista 2nd Turn Cars are cruising at their slowest which can be nice
Northeast Vista 3rd Turn Best sections are 12-13
Northwest Vista 4th Turn Best section is 1

Special Passes

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.

Hospitality Options

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.

Tower Terrace Suites

Hulman 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.

View from the Hulman Suite
Hulman Suite

Hulman 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.