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Indy 500 to move ahead with 50 per cent capacity in August

The Indy 500 has announced it will take place on August 23 at 50 per cent capacity, while Greece is set to allow seated, open-air events of up to 75 per cent capacity to take place from July 1…

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The Indianapolis 500, the showpiece IndyCar racing event, has announced it will take place in August at 50-per-cent of capacity at the 257,325-seat Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

The event, one of the highlights of the global motorsport calendar with crowds regularly in excess of 350,000, was rescheduled in March due to COVID-19, and will be the first time it will be held outside May since 1946.

In an email to the 2020 edition’s 175,000 ticketholders on Friday, IMS asked fans to fill out a survey about how they would like their batch of tickets to be handled by July 6.

The survey asks ticketholders if they would prefer to hold onto their full batch of tickets, return part of them or relinquish them all for this year.

Only 50 per cent original ticket allotments will remain in the same general seating area as IMS plans to move fans around in the grandstands to allow for proper social distancing

Tickets can be kept by fans, though they are no longer valid and all race day tickets will be redistributed.

IMS president J. Douglas Boles said, according to the Associated Press news agency: “We’re committed to running the Indy 500 on Sunday, Aug. 23 and will welcome fans to the world’s greatest racing venue. We will be limiting attendance to approximately 50 per cent, and we are also finalising a number of additional carefully considered health and safety measures.”


Greece will allow seated, open-air events of up to 75 per cent capacity to take place from July 1, fast tracking and expanding its original plan to limit capacity to 40 per cent from July 15.

The Greek government released guidelines indicating that one seat should be kept free between different parties, with group bookings of up to four people permitted.

Performers are required to be three metres from the first row and one-and-a-half metres between other performers.

The guidance also advises one-and-a-half metres between individuals when entering and exiting the venue, or purchasing food and drink.

It remains unclear when standing events will be allowed to resume.


Virgin Islands-based ticketing firm PromoTix has launched a new streaming platform that is combined with its ticketing system.

The new livestreaming platform PromoStream allows hosts to start streaming for $19.99 and ticket their event with no service fees.

Users can also use the feature that allows daily payouts with Stripe.

Will Royall, founder and chief executive, PromoTix, said: “Ticketing companies have become complacent offering a commodity-based technology for incredibly high fees, driving up costs for organisers and prices for consumers. It’s time to eliminate that from the industry.”

PromoTix is a US Virgin Islands-based company providing event ticketing, sales, and marketing services.

Image: IMS

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