Our Indianapolis Motor Speedway Seating Guide is designed to help race fans choose their seats for one of the Speedway’s three great races. With a few hundred thousand choices, picking the best seat is not always an easy task!
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- A Stand
- B Stand
- C Stand
- E Stand
- G Stand
- Gasoline Alley - Pit Road Suites
- General Admission
- H Stand
- Hulman Suites
- J Stand
- North Vista
- Northeast Vista
- Northwest Vista
- Pagoda Suites
- Pit Road Terrace
- South Terrace
- South Vista
- Southeast Vista
- Southwest Vista
- Tower Suites
- Tower Terrace
- VIP Suites
- Wheelchair Accessible Stand
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General Seating Tips and Advice
First let’s get this out of the way: You will have a GREAT time no matter where you happen to be sitting! The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is unique because it is so huge. Different sections of the Speedway develop their own identities due to the loyal fans that return to them year after year. There are seats that are better than others, but there really are no “best” seats. It all depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for.
For the Indianapolis 500 and US Grand Prix, the first seating decision to make is “Do I actually want a seat?” Both of those races offer the choice of general admission, grass-covered infield viewing mounds. They are an excellent choice if you’re looking for a relaxed, “day at the park” experience (a very LOUD park!). It’s very common to see race fans with lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, small grills, etc. (even beer kegs for those so inclined). People will be tossing footballs or frisbees, and generally just having a good time.
Take a look at the General Admission details page for more info. General Admission tickets are not available for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, but fans are free to leave their assigned seats and watch the race from the viewing mounds.
Everyone has their personal preference, but it’s almost universally accepted that seats on the outside of the track are better than the inside, higher seats are better than lower seats, and the corners are better than the straightaways. So in general, the best seats are up high on an outside corner.
For the Indianapolis 500 and Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, seats high in E Stand on the outside of turn 1 are arguably the best in the house for viewing the race and festivities. For the US Grand Prix, seats high in H Stand and J Stand are considered excellent seats and sell out quickly. But remember that there can be a lot of other determining factors such as cost, big screen TV locations, weather, parking, walking distance, etc. that would make certain seats the “best” for you.
- You will not be able to see the entire track no matter where your seats are located. If seeing the entire track is important, choose a seat with a good view of a video screen (their locations are indicated on our seating charts).
- Seats with a penthouse above them offer cover from the sun and rain. However if the seats are too close to the top (especially in the Paddock), they can make you feel like you’re watching the race from inside a tunnel.
- Remember that IndyCars and Formula One cars are very small and low to the ground. If you sit too close to the track, you will not be able to see the cars because they will be blocked by the concrete retaining wall.
- Many seats are simple bench seats, but some have backs on them. Those that do are located in the stands with Penthouses (A, B, E, Paddock) and in Tower Terrace. Note that the seats in B Stand Penthouse are actually folding chairs.
In addition to personal research, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Seating Guide was compiled with help from the following sources:
Cavin, Curt, “And the number is… 257,325*”, Indianapolis Star, May 27, 2004, Race Day Preview.
Cavin, Curt, “At capacity, IMS could seat 207,401 USGP Fans”, Indianapolis Star, June 20, 2004, USGP Qualifying Section.
Davidson, Donald, “Indianapolis Motor Speedway: A History”, Brochure, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 2005.
Image Atlas, July 2000, GlobeXplorer LLC, http://imageatlas.globexplorer.com (April 6, 2004).
Vandele, Arthur, “Unofficial Indy Seating Map and Information”, Art Vandele’s Unofficial Seating Map and Guide for the 2 1/2 Mile Race Track In Indianapolis, IN, May 20, 2003. http://www.geocities.com/arthurvandele/ (September 9, 2004).
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