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Paddock Location

The Paddock is located on the outer west side of the track beginning at the midpoint of the front straight and continuing to a point across from the entrance to Gasoline Alley. The paddock is bordered on the north by C Stand and the Hulman Suites and on the south by A Stand. The Paddock comprises four fairly distinct areas: Paddock Box, Paddock Sections, Paddock Penthouse, and Paddock Press Penthouse. Each area will be described separately below.

According to a 2004 count conducted by Indianapolis Star reporter Curt Cavin, the Paddock has 26,370 seats.

Paddock Box

Paddock Boxes are on the lower level, and are the lowest and closest to the track. They start at box 69 next to C Stand, and end across from the entrance to Gasoline Alley at box 1, next to A Stand. Rows are A-V. The Pagoda and yard of bricks are across from boxes 18-25, and the podium is across from boxes 26-30.

Paddock Sections

Paddock Sections are on the lower level, but are higher than the Paddock Boxes. Most of the Paddock Sections are covered by the upper deck. The sections start at section 33 next to C Stand, and end across from the entrance to Gasoline Alley at section 1, next to A Stand. Rows are AA-VV. The Pagoda and yard of bricks are across from section 11, and the podium is across from sections 13-14.

Paddock Penthouse

Paddock Penthouse boxes are on the upper level. They start at box 48 next to C Stand and the Hulman Suites, and end across from the entrance to Gasoline Alley at box 1, next to A Stand. Paddock Penthouse rows are A-M, with no row I. The Pagoda and yard of bricks are across from boxes 12-17, and the podium is across from boxes 18-20. Seats 3-4 of Paddock Penthouse box 15, row A straddle the yard of bricks.

Paddock Press Penthouse

The Paddock Press Penthouse is suspended below the upper deck of the Paddock and once served as the Speedway’s official “media center”. They start at box 33 next to C Stand and the Hulman Suites, and end at the start/finish line at box 1, next to the broadcast booths. The broadcast booths (media only) then run from booth 38 at the start/finish line and end at booth 1 next to A Stand. Paddock Press Penthouse boxes comprise only two rows, A & B.

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Paddock History

  • Originally built in 1911.
  • Rebuilt with steel and concrete in 1946.
  • Pressbox constructed on top of Paddock in 1947.
  • New double-deck Paddock grandstand and pressbox in 1961.
  • 600-foot addition in 1963.
  • 300-foot addition in 1977.
  • Renovated from 1995 - 1998.
  • Gift shop under paddock added in 1998.
  • LED scoreboards installed in 2003.
  • Renovation of Paddock Penthouse Plazas in 2003.

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#1  -  Boiler    (March 2nd, 2007 at 5:02 pm)

The Paddock Penthouse is the ideal seat to view pit action and the pre-race ceremonies. I had tickets in this area for over 20 years. The view is IMPRESSIVE. You can see the entire front straightaway and portions of Turn 1 and Turn 4. The lower the Box, the more you see the front of the cars as they scream down the front straightaway. If you sit near the “yard of bricks”, you can hear the tires of a car slap the bricks. It sounds like a rifle shot.

#2  -  Jen    (May 28th, 2007 at 7:40 pm)

Can anyone tell me about the seats, Paddock Box B11??
Don’t have a clue and would like to know if I should sell or not.


#3  -  F1 fan    (July 2nd, 2007 at 12:00 am)

I had tickets to the 2007 USGP, paddock box 25. They were horrible. I sat in paddock penthouse box 25 for all Friday and Saturday, that seat was terrific. It was 95 degrees all weekend, but in paddock penthouse, there was a nice breeze, and was very comfortable. I could see from turn 13 to turn 3, plus turns 5 and 6, parts of Hulman Blvd. Whereas on Sunday in paddock box, there was no breeze and was hot as hell. Also, the only thing I could see was basically right in front of me and could only see the top of a colored blur as the cars went by. If there is a USGP next year, I am spending the extra $65 for the paddok penthouse seats. It is definitaly worth it.

#4  -  Megan from Indy    (February 15th, 2008 at 3:37 pm)

My seats are Paddock Box Section B 15 Row E 1 and 2
I wanted aisle seats to I got these. If anyone knows if they’re decent please let me know.


#5  -  Paul Woods    (February 16th, 2008 at 10:07 am)

Megan- Those are “fair” seats. Not the best perhaps, but the best are hard to get and like you said, you wanted seats on the aisle. I think you’ll be sitting a little past the start/finish line, with a good view of the pits. You’ll be looking through the fencing and when the cars are directly in front of you they may be somewhat obstructed by the concrete wall. But you should have a great view of the pre-race ceremonies and everything, and you’ll really feel the excitement of being at an Indianapolis Motor Speedway event.

#6  -  David from Kansas City    (March 24th, 2008 at 9:08 am)

I have Paddock Box Seats and my understanding is that they are the best available or that is left. I’ve never been to the Indy 500…but for 40 years I have dreamed about it. This year will be a dream come true for both my son and I as we wil go together. Is there anything anybody could tell me on what to prepare for on Race Day, such as how early should you get to the track, what is traffic like, any hints on bringing items into the stands, etc.

#7  -  dale from TPA    (March 24th, 2008 at 12:47 pm)

I have attended races at the Brickyard for 26 years now. We have sat along the back streach, pit boxes,stand a and in the Paddock. I prefer the paddock for all the pit action. We sit just under cover, which keeps us dry and out of the sun. We always have the small ponchos with us, small radio with ear plugs for race updates ( the track PA is hard to hear during the race.) If you are in the single letter rows ( a- ? ) have sun protection

#8  -  Anonymous    (April 21st, 2008 at 1:34 pm)

For David from Kansas City: dale from TPA is right on with the advice above. Always a good idea to bring earplugs as well. Traffic is nightmarish; if you don’t want to drive in a strange city, your best bet is to park and ride a shuttle bus from downtown or the airport. That way you don’t end up sitting in traffic for hours. If you drive, parking is limited (some lots around the track that the Speedway owns, very little parking inside, and parking in neighborhood yards). When you get to town, you’ll find the Indy Star has special sections the day (days?) before the race with all this info for visitors, plus info on how big a cooler you can bring in, how early to get there, etc., and some info will be on the local TV news as well. Or go to the Star’s website ahead of time: The Speedway’s website gives info about coolers, their parking, etc. ( My dad’s favorite method was always to park in a neighborhood yard, then run for his car the minute the winner crossed the finish line - that way he could get home in a reasonable amount of time. :)

#9  -  David    (April 30th, 2008 at 12:25 pm)

Thanks Dale and Anonymous. I appreciate your responses. I have reserved parking in 1B, should I expect to go back to my car after the race and set up the EZ up and grill some burgers and hang out for a few hours or does anybody have an idea if I will be able to get out right away?

#10  -  KATHY    (May 7th, 2008 at 2:20 pm)


#11  -  AJ    (May 20th, 2008 at 11:11 am)

I won Paddock Penthouse tickets at a silent auction and am going into this very excited but very clueless. Could someone please let me know if there a dress code in the Penthouse? I would appreciate it!

#12  -  Paul Woods    (May 20th, 2008 at 3:05 pm)

You are very lucky to be able to experience your first Indy 500 from the Paddock Penthouse. Anyone who has been to any of the races at the Speedway might chuckle at your question, but the bottom line is this: Don’t worry at all about how you are dressed. The Paddock Penthouse, though covered, is outside so the most important consideration is to dress for the weather and your own personal comfort. As you will see, this means different things to different people. Though in general the Paddock Penthouse crowd may be a bit more “sophisticated” than the General Admission crowd, we are talking about (at the very most) the difference between polo shirts and clean t-shirts vs t-shirts and no shirts. The weather, the crowd, and the noise can make for a long day… dress to endure it, and have fun!

#13  -  Doug Pottorf    (January 14th, 2009 at 3:24 pm)

I just bought tickets and they are in S29 RowCC Seats 17-18.
Can anyone comment on how good these are?

#14  -  cliff    (April 14th, 2009 at 10:33 pm)

hi Doug, Check out the photos here and you can pretty much figure out your sight lines. I would suggest trying to improve to paddock penthouse that is where i sat last year and will sit there again this year. Rent or borrow a radio so you can hear team chatter, get a program or newspaper so you can follow the different teams strategies as this section has great views of the pits. If you stick with your seats you will just see a little less. email direct if you would like.

#15  -  KC BBQ    (April 26th, 2009 at 7:42 pm)

Hey all, My 3 college sons and I have sat in the Paddock Penthouse, Paddock, stand C and Tower Suites over the years at the 500. Does anyone have any suggestions on some new Stands we may want to try? Obviously E Penthouse would be rubbing elbows with the hierarchy but I’m quite sure they are not available. Anyone want to share their little secrets on the honey spots at Indy?

#16  -  Curtis    (July 24th, 2009 at 12:23 am)

I have aquired tickets to the Brickyard 400. I have been to the raceway park for the nationwide series in the past but never to the speedway. The seats are located in the Paddock Penthouse, Box 25, Row H, Seats 3-4. Can you repley and tell me if these are good seats or not? Thank you!

#17  -  r harper    (September 18th, 2009 at 2:51 pm)

is section 42 of paddock box ok seats

#18  -  Lara Essie    (December 15th, 2009 at 3:45 pm)

Hi Paul & all. I’m trying to get the best seat for my grandpop’s (and me too!) first motogp race for 2010. He was a racer and has worked on bikes for the last 50 years. This is my retirement present to him. I’m just not sure which seats to get him. I have a choice of Paddock Penthouse B14:D:5-6 & J S27:T:1-2. I chose those for a view of the pits where he has worked (and for shade) and for views of the turns. Any help? I really want this to be special. Thanks! -Lara

#19  -  Paul Woods    (December 16th, 2009 at 9:19 am)

Lara- this is a little bit of a tough call, and probably depends on just how much you need the shade. I guess what I would point out is that in J Stand you’ll get to see the bikes going through turns 10-16… and things happen in the turns. In the Paddock Penthouse you will see them zoom by at max speed which is cool the first few times but gets a little monotonous after a while.

The interesting thing about the MotoGP race vs the Indy 500 or Brickyard 400 is that the Paddock seats (the ones on the first level, not the Penthouse) are general admission. Anyone can sit there (and it will not be full), and you can get great views of the garage area. The fencing is only a problem if you are really trying to get good photos or something… it’s no problem at all to look straight through it to the garages.

So I guess if it were me, and I could figure out the shade issue, I would go with the J Stand tickets because they provide the most options.

Good luck with your decision and enjoy the race!

#20  -  Anonymous    (May 3rd, 2010 at 6:26 pm)

I purchased seats in Paddock Box 18 Row T. Are these good seats? And how close are these seats to the start/finish line? And can you see the media center from these seats?

#21  -  Paul Woods    (May 4th, 2010 at 8:18 am)

There is no way to objectively determine whether any particular seats are “good” or “bad”, so I can’t really answer that for you. It all depends on what you’re hoping to see.

Some people would say that since those seats are on a straight part of the track and not terribly high, that they are not great seats. But they aren’t terribly low either, and you will have a great view of the opening ceremonies and pit stops, etc.

I believe those seats are just past the start/finish, so you’re good there. I’m not sure why you would want to see the media center… that’s just full of guys sending Twitter messages to each other. :-) I think that perhaps you mean the Pagoda… and yes, you will have a fabulous view of that.

Bottom line… you will have a great time at the race. Enjoy!

#22  -  Canadian Earl    (May 28th, 2010 at 9:07 am)

My first time at a nascar(Brickyard 400)I need to be close to washrooms and handicap parking I am ex military and my spine is fused in 2 places and walking far or standing for long streches are not an option and if possible I would like shade …anyone have any advice thanks Earl

#23  -  Samantha    (May 29th, 2010 at 10:08 am)

Are the only seats in the shade in the paddock penthouse or would the seats in paddock box 8 be in the shade too?

#24  -  Paul Woods    (May 29th, 2010 at 3:20 pm)

Earl… I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t believe there are any handicap-accessible seats in the shade. If you are able to walk a bit, you might try a seat in the first level of the Paddock, or A/B/E Stands. My advice would be to call the Speedway and ask for advice… they’ll know the handicap parking situation best.

#25  -  Paul Woods    (May 29th, 2010 at 3:25 pm)

Samantha… the Paddock “boxes” are on the lower level and closest to the track. They typically do not have shade until very late in the day. Paddock “sections” are underneath the Paddock Penthouse and have shade. There are seats in the lower levels of A, B, C and E Stands that have shade (look for higher row letters).

#26  -  Johnny    (June 1st, 2010 at 1:18 am)

I was very fortunate to have Paddock Penthouse seats for all of the USGPs and hope to eventually work my way back up there for the 500.

I would like others’ opinions about the Paddock Press Penthouse. How do they compare to the seats upstairs? Are they worth $150 vs. my $85 A Stand Upper Box?


#27  -  Paul Woods    (June 2nd, 2010 at 8:24 am)

Johnny- That’s a tough call. I’ve been in the Paddock Press Penthouse, but not on race day. Some people say that unless you are in the first row (A), it’s not worth it because it’s hard to see past the people in front of you, especially if they stand up. It’s a tight fit in there and the roof is low. I’m not sure a second row seat would be worth the extra $65, but a first row seat probably would be. Another thing to consider is that these seats are on the front straight while some people prefer to be in a turn for maximum viewing angles.

#28  -  Johnny    (June 2nd, 2010 at 9:14 am)

Thanks for your valuable insight Paul. I really appreciate your website.

I was curious about Paddock Press Penthouse because it was offered as one of my upgrade offers online when I renewed on Monday. I made it my 2nd choice. My first choice was to move further south in the A Stand, Upper Box, Rows RR or higher, closer to B Stand. My ultimate aspiration is B Stand Penthouse, based on what I read on your site.

#29  -  Wayne    (June 2nd, 2010 at 1:21 pm)

Hoping to get Paddock Penthouse tickets for 2011 Indy 500. Went to the IMS site and registered and went to apply for tickets an no surprise but they are not offered as a choice. I realize I’ll have to pay more but will these be available at one of the other outlets like Tickets Now or Stub Hub? Thanks in advance for any help.

#30  -  Paul Woods    (June 2nd, 2010 at 6:50 pm)

Wayne- Paddock Penthouse tickets will definitely be available via the various ticket brokers. I think it usually takes a couple months after this year’s race before you’ll start seeing them there. Good luck!

#31  -  Wayne    (June 3rd, 2010 at 12:00 pm)

Thanks Paul. I’ll keep looking there.

#32  -  Tracy    (June 10th, 2010 at 12:32 pm)

We are looking for cheaper, covered aisle seats, and are looking at Paddock Section S27, Row AA. Can anyone tell me if we will have to be looking through the fence from these seats?

#33  -  Paul Woods    (June 13th, 2010 at 11:17 am)

Tracy- for all seats in the lower level of the Paddock (boxes and sections), you will be looking through the fence.

#34  -  David    (June 15th, 2010 at 1:07 pm)

2010 Indy 500: Row A, Box 20, Paddock Penthouse, above the tunnel to the infield, across from and just north of the pagoda and start-finish line.

These are premium seats, but like others, excel at certain things with some offsetting drawbacks. If race action and closely following the race is your goal, you may prefer to be high above a turn with a big video screen across the way than here.

You can see all the way across the front straightaway (the short way across, I mean) including the outside wall from Row A and without any pillars in front as A & B Stand Penthouse seats have, but the safety screen is in view all the way across the track. It’s hard to get good photos of race action, even sitting in Row A with no one in front of you, because of your sideways perspective on cars.

Though you can see from the exit of Turn 4 through the first third of Turn 1 when you arrive early and are the only one sitting in Row A, once the seats fill in, you can only see 15% or so of the front straightaway in front of you without leaning forward or standing up.

It’s thrilling to be so close to the track, but cars scream by so fast that it can be hard to even identify cars and drivers in traffic right in front of you. You do get to see some passes heading into Turn 1 if you lean forward and look right.

You get a seatback; bring a cushion. There are bathrooms and limited food and drink concessions at the top of this level; ground level has more choices. You’re in shade for the second half of the race in Row A, but in sun before about 2:30 pm EDT in late May. (Higher up in the first half dozen plus rows also starts in sun but gets shade sooner.) You would get wet from rain, if any. (Higher up stays dry.) It’s loud, though not as loud as under the roof below.

This is an ideal seat for the prerace and post-race ceremonies, which feel more remote when you sit half a mile or more away. Excellent view of a half dozen pits, the race flag (green-yellow-checkered etc.) stand, the yard of bricks, and the podium, from Box 20. The video screen across the track is very small here, making it harder to follow action elsewhere than sitting in the turns with the much larger screens across the track there.

I feel privileged to have been able to see the Indy 500 from here once, but next time, my preference would be for a seat high above a turn.

#35  -  ME    (July 25th, 2010 at 6:45 am)

So happy that i won tickets in paddock to the brickyard thoses tickets are about 90$. Time to party!!!

#36  -  greg    (August 15th, 2010 at 7:20 pm)

Hi Paul, Me and my elderly uncle (both of us homegrown Hoosiers) are making our first ever trip to the Indy 500 in 2011. I’m trying for two shaded seats in Stand E, an upper row - between sections 1 - 24. What are your thoughts, in general, and specifically regarding best location (row/section/seat numbers/comfort/etc.) I know this is a lot to ask - many thanks for your reply.

#37  -  Paul Woods    (August 17th, 2010 at 1:36 pm)

Greg- You’re asking about E Stand but your comment is on the Paddock page… hopefully you’ll find this reply.

Regarding E Stand… you are correct, sections 1-24 are the covered ones, and you will need to be an upper row. I don’t remember exactly how high the lettered rows go but I do know that there are no double-letter rows, so something in the mid to upper alphabet should be fine. The lower numbered (single digit) sections will give you the best view down the front straight.

If you have your heart set on E Stand, I would probably get tickets soon. There are some available via the ticket links toward the top of this page. While it is true that you could probably show up on race day and get some from a scalper a little cheaper, it’s not worth the stress and trouble for your first time. Better safe than sorry in my opinion.

If you don’t go with E Stand, there is still shade to be had in B Stand, A Stand, the Paddock, and a little in C Stand.

Regarding comfort, I might also suggest making sure you sit in a stand where there are seat backs… I believe all of the ones I have mentioned do have them.

Hope this answers your questions… if not, let me know. Enjoy the race!

#38  -  Aïda    (September 16th, 2010 at 2:35 am)

I hope anyone can help me. My husband and I are from the Netherlands. We will be making a trip for my husband’s birthday. I applied for tickets in the Paddock since we also would like to see some pit action. I got a message that they issued as the following tickets: PADBX : B59 : R : 9-10. What does this mean? The first one is Paddock Box I guess but what does B59 stand for. I assume I am sitting on row R, seats 9-10?

#39  -  Paul Woods    (September 16th, 2010 at 8:53 am)

Aïda- B59 indicates that your seats are in Box 59. You are correct about Row R seats 9 & 10. Paddock Boxes run from Box 1 at the south side of the Paddock (closer to turn 1 of the oval) to Box 69 on the north side (closer to turn 4). You will be sitting across from the Tower Terrace grandstand, and the Pagoda will be across the track on your right. The top qualifying cars will likely be pitting further down the track, but you should still be able to see lots of pit action from your seats. Have a great time at the race!

#40  -  Anonymous    (September 17th, 2010 at 4:55 am)

Thank you Paul for your great reply. I really appreciate it. After the race I will submit photos from our seats for this site.
On another site it said that there are no backs to the seats that we were assigned. However, looking at the pictures on this site I do not think this is true. My husband and I were in Indianapolis in 2000 for the inaugural Formula1 race. We sat in the inside field on turn 1 (in F1 that is the last turn of course) on raceday. On Saturday we sat in the paddock for a while watching the pits. However, after all these years I can not (of course) remember whether or not the seats had backs.
Anyway, I understand the higher up your seats are the better the view. Do you have an idea how the view will be from row R?

#41  -  Paul Woods    (September 21st, 2010 at 8:53 am)

All of the seats in the Paddock have seat backs. You are correct that in general the higher you are, the better the view. However, my opinion is that you can be “too high” in the lower portion of stands that have an upper level. The higher you go, the less you can see vertically. It might not seem like a big deal, but if I’m sitting on the front stretch, I’d like to be able to see the Pagoda, the scoring pylon, the flyover, the balloons, the sky, etc.

I guess that’s a long way of saying that you should be fine in row R. Some of the photos on this page were taken from row H, so you can see that you will be higher than that. You might even be high enough to catch some shade depending on the weather and the time of day. Given your desire to see pit action, these aren’t bad seats.

#42  -  Brenda Levin    (September 26th, 2010 at 5:50 pm)

Paul - you’re awesome - such great information. I’ve been an Indy 500 fan for 40 years - hope to go to my first race next year. What do you think about Paddox box 38 row M, versus Paddox section S09, row KK? thank you!

#43  -  Paul Woods    (September 27th, 2010 at 9:15 am)

Brenda- Glad you like the site. I don’t really like to get into “this seat or that seat” discussions because there are so many variables and ultimately everyone will have their own opinion. And I’m a firm believer that you’ll have a great time no matter where you sit.

That said, S09 KK will have shade if that’s important to you (B38 M probably won’t until at least mid afternoon). It’s also a higher row, so that will be good. However, as I’ve mentioned in a previous comment, you will have limited visibility overhead, so take that into consideration.

#44  -  Brenda Levin    (September 27th, 2010 at 7:08 pm)

Exactly the kind of answer I was looking for - thanks very much!

#45  -  Aïda    (September 28th, 2010 at 4:54 am)

Hi Paul, Sorry, it took me some time to get back to the site (I was sick). Thanks for your great answer. I am sure we will be fine now. As I said, after returning I will send some photos for the site.

#46  -  Ryan    (October 1st, 2010 at 5:31 pm)

Does anyone know how many seats are in the Paddock grandstand? We’re in 15-16, and was wondering if that’s on an aisle.

#47  -  Paul Woods    (October 3rd, 2010 at 7:09 pm)

Ryan- I’m pretty sure each row has 20 seats in the Paddock.

#48  -  kimi    (January 14th, 2011 at 5:14 pm)

I just bought tickets for my husband as a surprise. He will have to travel 15 hours to get there..but now I’m worried that the seats I purchases may be not worth it. Can anyone give me any feedback on Stand c section 1 R??? He likes the pit action. Thanks

#49  -  Paul Woods    (January 17th, 2011 at 9:45 pm)

Kimi- This page is really for the Paddock stand, but I’ll answer your question about C Stand. First, I’m a firm believer that you will have a great time no matter where you sit, so keep that in mind. From those seats, you should be able to see the end of the pits, and you should be able to see the cars coming out of turn four. Probably the biggest advantage to your seats is that they should be in the shade. There are better seats to see pit action, and better seats to see turn four, but these will not be “bad” seats or anything. I would recommend just not worrying about it and focusing on having a good time.

#50  -  MsIndy    (March 11th, 2011 at 6:45 pm)


We have seats in the Paddock Boxes(B6,RN)are these good seats? I love taking pictures! Do you know if we will be in the Sun or the Shade. Also how much of the Track will we be able to see?
Thank You for all your advice!


#51  -  Paul Woods    (March 12th, 2011 at 1:19 pm)

MsIndy- You should have a great view of the pits, opening ceremonies, and other pre/post-race activities. I think you will be in the sun… maybe a little shade as the afternoon wears on but no guarantee. Those seats are not the best (but perhaps not the worst either) for viewing the actual race because they are on a straight and they are not very high. As you look up or down the track, the fencing will obstruct your view. You will be able to get great pictures of your day at the track with the Pagoda and crowd in the background, but pro-quality pictures of the cars etc. will be impossible due to the fence. Have fun at the race! I’m sure you’ll have a good time.

#52  -  Tim    (April 22nd, 2011 at 12:29 pm)

I am potentially buying 4 tix for Box 32 in the Paddock, row DD. Anyone know where these may be in terms of the s/f line and the pits? From what I can gather it may be near the end of the paddock from the overhead pics but not quite sure.

#53  -  Paul Woods    (April 22nd, 2011 at 12:39 pm)

Tim- Paddock Box 32 should be 10 boxes north of the start/finish, in the lower and uncovered portion of the Paddock. The start/finish is at Box 22… the Paddock boxes run from #1 on the south side closest to turn 1 of the oval to #69 on the north side closest to turn 4 of the oval.

#54  -  Jake    (May 1st, 2011 at 2:22 pm)

Hi Paul, This will be my 12th year straight attending the race. Every single year we have sat in the infield in the short shoot (yes because we like to party). This year I bought tickets for something different. I am in Paddox Box 26 row B which I thought were to be great seats but after reading many comments on your page it doesn’t seem like they will be all that great. I was wondering what your opinion on these seats were. My thoughts are….it has to be better than what you can see sitting on top of the hill! Your advise is greatly appreciated.

#55  -  Paul Woods    (May 2nd, 2011 at 11:05 am)

Jake- On the positive side, you’ll be very close to the start/finish and will have a great view of the pre-race ceremonies and pit stops, etc. Unfortunately though, your view of the actual race won’t be so good. Being so low in the stands, it will be difficult to see much more than the tops of the cars when they flash by you and your view to the north and south will be greatly restricted by the fencing. I might suggest watching the start of the race from your seats, and then try looking for some unoccupied seats higher up, or even moving to the infield for a while. Then when the race gets close to the finish, move back to your seats. Then again, everyone has their own opinions about what seats are best, and you might find that they aren’t so bad after all. Good luck!

#56  -  Scott    (May 2nd, 2011 at 4:52 pm)

if you were going to sit in the Paddock Penthouse, would you choose middle (say box 28-30) or further toward the end (45-48). I have the option of either. Taking my 16 yr. old son for his first Indy. He can’t hardly contain himself, and I feel the same.
Great and very informative site, thanks for all the hard work,

#57  -  Paul Woods    (May 3rd, 2011 at 4:19 pm)

Scott- all other things being equal, I personally would choose the boxes closer to the start/finish for better pre/post race and pits, etc. The only consideration might be that if the seats toward the end were substantially lower rows (like row A or B), I might choose those. Or if you really wanted a better view of turn 4 or something.

#58  -  William Guice    (May 8th, 2011 at 12:41 pm)

thanks for all the good insights.

i’ve been given seats in the paddock here:

Box 29
Row S
Seats 1-3

This is our frist 500 & any thoughts you have about these seats would be appreciated.

#59  -  Paul Woods    (May 11th, 2011 at 10:44 am)

William- You will have a great time. I think those are decent seats for first-timers. I had horrible seats for my first 500 and loved it anyway. Have fun at the race!

#60  -  Josh    (May 12th, 2011 at 5:20 pm)

Hey Paul, we’re crossing off a bucket list item for my father in law with this year’s Indy 500. We’re in Paddock S26 MM. From what I’ve gathered, that means we’re in the shade and have seat backs and a limited sky view. How will our view of the pits and straighaway be? Thanks!

#61  -  Paul Woods    (May 12th, 2011 at 7:14 pm)

Josh- Congrats on the bucket list item! You will be “made in the shade” and will have seat backs (sweet!). You should have a great view of the opening ceremonies, the pits, and front straight. There are (in my personal opinion) a couple of disadvantages to those seats, namely the limited vertical view and the constant turning of your head from left to right as the cars pass by, but it’s not that big a deal. Plan to bring some earplugs as the sound of the cars reflects off the upper level of the Paddock and that increases the volume. But no matter what, you will have a blast! Hope you enjoy it!

#62  -  Jeff    (May 14th, 2011 at 11:52 am)

We are going to our second 500. We have seats in the Paddock section 20, rows UU and TT, seats 17-20. I figured we would miss some of the overhead sights, but how are these for the race and pit action? Thanks for this info. I have been wondering about this since we received these seats.

#63  -  Paul Woods    (May 18th, 2011 at 3:59 pm)

Jeff- You’ll have a great view of the pits and the cars on the front straight. Don’t worry about it… enjoy the race!

#64  -  Anonymous    (May 23rd, 2011 at 4:20 am)

This is my second time at Indy. I purchased seats in Section 30, Row TT, Seats 7-8. I was wondering if I could see most of turn 4 during the race?

#65  -  Paul Woods    (May 23rd, 2011 at 9:17 am)

You should be able to see the exit of turn 4… not sure you’ll be able to see “most of” turn 4. The issue is a combination of the fencing and the distance.

#66  -  Anonymous    (May 23rd, 2011 at 7:45 pm)

What is the best way to get track on race morning if I was coming from N Michigan Rd and Depauw Blvd? I also have a parking pass at the Main Gate lot.

#67  -  Paul Woods    (May 24th, 2011 at 9:43 am)

If you have a parking pass, it may have come with instructions for which route to take. I come from a different direction so I don’t really have any good advice for avoiding traffic on that side of town. Generally speaking, you might do better by taking side streets and staying off the interstates (especially on the west side with all of the construction). But once you start to get near the track things get crazy anyway and you just have to be patient. The best advice is really just to leave early and don’t stress about it. The city has been getting people in and out of the Speedway for 100 years and overall they are really quite good at it.

#68  -  Chris    (May 25th, 2011 at 9:58 pm)

I just bought Paddock tix in row RR. The site wouldn’t tell me much but for TT and UU they said they were in the shade so we assumed RR isn’t. Do you know if these are seats that get sun or are in the shade? We want to see the fly over and are worried we won’t! Help!

#69  -  Paul Woods    (May 26th, 2011 at 9:27 am)

Chris- Row RR will be in the shade. If you really want to see the flyover, you might be able hang around an open area for a while and then go to your seats after the flyover. The Yellow Shirts (security) will probably try to keep you moving, so you might have to wander aimlessly a little bit. Or they might not… sometimes if you tell them what you’re up to they’ll help you out if they can… depends on their mood. Have a great time!

#70  -  MAB    (May 26th, 2011 at 2:11 pm)

Where does the roof overhang start in the paddock boxes? In other words, how many rows back does one need to be to be under roof?

#71  -  raceready    (May 26th, 2011 at 4:07 pm)

we have paddock box 47 row N and are bringing 2 small children- does anyone know if our seats will be in shade and seats have backs? any other knowledge of these seats would be very helpful- thx!

#72  -  Paul Woods    (May 26th, 2011 at 4:22 pm)

MAB- The Paddock Boxes are not covered, except for the last few rows. They are the lowest/closest to the track. The Paddock Sections (higher) are all covered. In the afternoon you might get some shade in the Boxes as the sun heads west, depending on your row.

#73  -  Paul Woods    (May 26th, 2011 at 4:25 pm)

raceready- All seats in the Paddock have seat backs, but row N will probably not have shade until mid-afternoon… hard to say when exactly. Plan for sun and you’ll be all set either way. Don’t forget hearing protection for the kids and yourself.

#74  -  raceready    (May 26th, 2011 at 4:26 pm)

will do, thanks so much!!

#75  -  Jeff    (May 30th, 2011 at 7:54 am)

The advice you gave earlier for our seats was right on. We had a great view and loved the race. Thank you for this site. It’s incredibly helpful. The shade was definately worth not seeing the ballons go up.

#76  -  cm0024    (May 31st, 2011 at 11:53 am)

Hi - my husband and I are planning a trip to next year’s Indy 500. He wants to sit along the front straight, and while I realize this is a section-specific forum, can anyone suggest a good section that’s preferably covered and has a good view? I know for NASCAR the higher up you are the better. I’m also trying to score isle seats, tough, I know. Not too concerned about the cost. Thanks very much!

#77  -  Paul Woods    (May 31st, 2011 at 12:22 pm)

cm0024- If you’re really not concerned about the cost, penthouse seats in the Paddock or A/B/E Stand would be the way to go. The front rows may have some sun in the morning but will get shaded as the sun moves west. They all have a great view… E Stand is technically in turn one but it’s considered to be the best view at the Speedway. Your search for aisle seats might be tough… you might want to also consider seats that are close to the aisle. You will almost certainly have to go secondary-market (ticket brokers, etc) to find the seats you want… TicketsNow already has the 2012 race listed. If you want to save some money you could consider seats on the lower level of the previously mentioned stands but you’d need to be careful to get something in the mid to upper rows. Good luck!

#78  -  DK    (June 3rd, 2011 at 7:29 pm)

I have been sitting in the front row, Start/Finish (Paddock Section 22), for many years but the 2011 500 was the last straw. I’ve requested a change for next year. There is also wheelchair seating in this section and other spectators have no respect for these individuals. They come down to the rail and block the view. Security does nothing. Every year I’ve sat there has been nothing but a hassle.

#79  -  james coleman    (July 19th, 2011 at 12:43 pm)

have paddock seats vv are thay any good

#80  -  Nick    (October 11th, 2011 at 5:33 am)

Please some tell me if PAD BX SECTION B62 ROW Q SEATS 1 AND 2 ARE GOOD OR BAD

#81  -  Tim    (November 9th, 2011 at 7:55 pm)

Paul, I’ve attended several 500’s over the years but never in the Paddock Press Penthouse. Can you tell me what you assessment is of the viewing angles from Box 33 Row B Seat 11? I’m just happy to try a new place on the track. Can you see pretty well most of the pits and about how far is it to see the start/finish? Thanks for your comments very helpful!

#82  -  birdie    (January 29th, 2012 at 5:28 pm)

looking at tickets for indy 500 for 2012, can anyone shed some light on seating, we r looking at paddock box section b10 row h seats 7&8, r they any good for actually seeing the race or is this just the pit area and a brick wall…thanks

#83  -  David    (February 5th, 2012 at 6:37 pm)

Anyone know about B07 rows G and H. I have 10 tickets in this area. I have not found a decent seating map to see exactly where these are located. If you have knowledge please pass it along. Thanks.

#84  -  Paul Woods    (March 4th, 2012 at 6:49 pm)

Catching up on some comments here…

The Paddock Press Penthouse offers a unique experience but I wouldn’t recommend row B. My understanding is that people in row A lean forward and/or stand up and make it tough to see from row B.

The Paddock Boxes are the lowest and closest to the track. They are great for pre-race activities and viewing the pits, but they are pretty bad for watching the actual race because of the viewing angle and the way the fencing creates a dense mesh when looking up or down the track. Many people think there should be a price differential for the boxes (lower). That said, I always emphasize that just being at the race is a great experience and you WILL have fun no matter where you are. But there are definitely better seats.

#85  -  Chris    (March 15th, 2012 at 4:27 pm)

Fulfilling a 35 year wish and going to the 500 this year for the first time. Looking for feedback on our seats - Paddock Penthouse Box 45, Row C, Seats 10-11. These look like just left of the flagstand with a pretty decent view. I’m curious about seats 10-11 though? How many seats are there between aisles? I have a feeling that 10-11 may be right in the ‘middle’ of the box section… Thanks

#86  -  Paul Woods    (March 17th, 2012 at 10:52 am)

Chris- Congrats! I think you are correct that you’ll be in the middle of the row… I think there are 20 seats per row. But those are great seats, being in the middle will be no big deal and you’ll have a great time… enjoy the race!

#87  -  Jamie    (March 17th, 2012 at 9:54 pm)

This will be my first 500. I was a Rick Mears fan back in the day, and have always wanted to go. Signed up after last year’s race on the IMS website without knowing what I would end up getting. I ended up with Paddock, Section 28, Row NN, Seats 9&10. I’m traveling from California and my brother is joining me from Colorado. Can you give me a little heads-up about these seats? I’ve taken in the suggestions about ear plugs and radios. Anything else to keep in mind for a first-timer?

#88  -  Paul Woods    (March 21st, 2012 at 9:42 am)

Jamie- Congrats on your first 500! I think those will be good seats for a first-timer, as you’ll have a great view of the pre and post-race ceremonies, and also the pits. The only two downsides are that you’re not in a corner and you won’t be able to see overhead. Of course the very big plus is that you will be in the shade. You’ll probably find yourself watching the video monitors a lot to follow the racing action, but that’s true of any seating position.

The main thing I tell first-timers is that attitude is everything. You’re going to spend the entire day with 250,000+ of your closest friends… it will probably be hot, and there will definitely be long lines and traffic, and some of those “friends” will probably rub you the wrong way (sometimes even literally!). Take it all in stride and remember enjoy what is truly the Greatest Spectacle in Racing… have fun!

#89  -  scott    (March 27th, 2012 at 3:57 pm)

hey Paul,
I am post #56 & #57 from last year. I have some great pics (including pit view of Marmon Wasp during parade) from Paddock Penthouse box 43 row c if you are interested in adding them to site.
Just let me know how,

#90  -  Paul Woods    (March 28th, 2012 at 9:18 am)

Hi Scott- Thanks for coming back. I’m mostly interested in photos that would show people the general view from particular seats so if you have a few you’d like to share, please send them to photos [at] Thanks!

#91  -  John    (April 6th, 2012 at 9:36 pm)

Hi paul; after looking though your blogs of informative info. about the paddock press penthouse, we’re not so sure those areas are right for us. this will be our first time at the indy track. we are going to the Brickyard 400. our question is a simple one…where the heck is B05-row E-seat 6-8…after looking at the maps of the track, i think we’re even more confused.are they to close to track or high up. Are they ok seats, good seats or great seats??? as long as we see some of the pit @ some of the straightaway @ maybe turn 1? it would keep us all happy. This will be an expensive day for us so any information would be great..Thanks from 3 egar race fans…

#92  -  John    (April 9th, 2012 at 8:09 am)

help… is there anyone out there…if someone could just show us a seating map we could choose our seats Please help…Thanks to all…

#93  -  Paul Woods    (April 9th, 2012 at 9:47 am)

John- I can’t tell from your message whether the seats you mention are in the Paddock (lower) or Paddock Penthouse (upper). If they’re in the Penthouse, you’re good to go… have fun at the race! If they are in the lower Paddock, and they are Box 5 Row E, I would keep looking… there are much better seats. Though you’d have a great view of the pits, those seats are very low and I don’t think you’d have a very good view of much else. Plus you’d be in full sun.

Just to recap, from lowest to highest, it goes: Paddock Boxes, Paddock Sections, Paddock Press Penthouse, Paddock Penthouse.

If you’re traveling a great distance to see the race you might not be comfortable waiting until race day to buy tickets, but it’s well known that for the Brickyard 400, great seats at great prices can be had at the last minute. Last year I got two in the front few rows of B Stand, in the shade, at half price a few hours before the race… dreamy. Shade is a big factor for the 400 because it’s so darn hot in mid Summer.

Hope this helps… just as a reminder, attitude is everything and you *will* have fun no matter where you sit.

#94  -  John    (April 11th, 2012 at 11:17 am)

Hi Paul..paddock press penthouse B07-row-B-seats9-11 are the much as we’ve looked at the maps we still cant tell exactly where the seats are.Are they closer to the pits or closer to turn 1.Once again can you help…

#95  -  Chris    (April 11th, 2012 at 12:11 pm)

Any advice on the parking situation on race day? I’m staying down S.Lynhurst Ave, close to I-70 and the Sam Jones Expressway. I’ve read about the bus service, but it looks to be pretty pricey, maybe $50-70 for the two of us. How early on Sunday do you think locals start parking cars in their yards up by the track? I’m thinking if I head up that way by about 6:30 or 7:00am, we should still find something available? Thanks….

#96  -  Paul Woods    (April 11th, 2012 at 1:25 pm)

John- I understand where your seats are now. Sorry for the confusion. The Paddock Press Penthouse is a small two-row section that is wedged underneath the Penthouse seats. It runs along the northern half of the Paddock, with the southern half being dedicated to media personnel. Box 1 is at about the start/finish line, so Box 7 would still be very close but on the northern side of s/f (they from Box 1 at s/f and go as high as Box 33, closer to turn 4).

The Paddock Press Penthouse is a very cool area… these are special seats that most people will never see or get to sit in. You will have a great view of the pits, the front straight, and probably some of turn 4… you might see a tiny bit of turn 1, but the enclosed media booths on the southern half will probably block most of it. The only downside to the seats you mentioned is that they are in row B (the second row). I have not been in the Paddock Press Penthouse on race day but my understanding is that sometimes the people in row A can block the view if they lean forward or stand too much. There are three photos above that show the Paddock Press Penthouse… the view is kind of like looking out of a large window, which is a little different than your average grandstand.

Bottom line for me… I would be reluctant to give these seats up unless I was sure I had better ones lined up.

#97  -  Paul Woods    (April 11th, 2012 at 1:32 pm)

Chris- regarding parking, I think you’ll be fine at 6:30 or 7:00 (I assume you’re talking about the 500). I don’t know for sure when people start parking cars in their yards, but I’m sure it’s very early. I have been arriving at about 9:00 or so the last few years and there is still plenty of yard space available on Georgetown at that time. Keep in mind that the prices start low ($5) and get higher the closer you get to the track ($10, $20 or more)… and you will probably notice the price change just as you’ve passed the lower-priced lot and can’t turn around in traffic! Have fun and enjoy the race!

#98  -  John    (April 12th, 2012 at 9:15 am)

again thanks so much for your help…

#99  -  brock j    (April 12th, 2012 at 5:03 pm)

hey paul, i just bought 2 tickets for the big race. SECTION 31 ROW PP SEATS 19 and 20. can you tell me the pros and cons of sitting in these seats? Will the fence stop me from seeing the cars at all, and will i be able to see the ceremonies? Thanks, Brock j.

#100  -  Paul Woods    (April 13th, 2012 at 9:12 am)

brock- Those will be decent seats. Since they are on the north end of the Paddock near C Stand and you’ll be fairly high, you might be able to see the cars in in the north short chute and a little of turn 4… not sure if C Stand will block you too much though. You’ll certainly see the front stretch and you’ll see the cars enter pit lane… the last few pit stalls might be in front of you. I don’t think the fence will block that much of the view since you will be pretty far away from it… that’s only a concern with the lowest rows. You’ll be able to see the pre/post race ceremonies but they will be kind of far away… you’ll probably watch the video screens.

#101  -  April    (April 15th, 2012 at 5:45 pm)

Going to Indy for the First Time - got Tickets in the Paddock Sec 24 Row VV. Does anyone know if that is the last row and what could be expect to see!?! By reading some of the older posts sounds like we will be a distance away, any insight would be great! Also is it covered and what can we expect for weather, we are coming from Canada.

#102  -  brock j    (April 15th, 2012 at 7:36 pm)

also paul, i was wondering how fast you think the cars will go this year since they changed the motors to turbo charged.

#103  -  Paul Woods    (April 16th, 2012 at 9:20 am)

April- I believe VV is the last row… it is covered so you will have shade but if it rains you are still very likely to get wet. One nice thing about being in the last row is that if it is hot, you will get whatever breeze there is to be had. The seats are not really that “far away”… you’ll still be able to see everything… but if you really wanted close-up views you might bring some small binoculars or something. The only real downside to these seats is that you won’t be able to see overhead, so you won’t see the pre-race flyover or the balloons, but obviously the cars won’t be overhead during the race (we hope!) so it’s not that big a deal. May weather in Indiana can vary greatly from year to year, even from day to day. I will make a bold prediction and say that it will not snow (though it has happened!) however sometimes it can be 50 degrees (F) and raining, or it can be 100 degrees and almost unbearable. Pack for any kind of weather for your trip and then just take whatever you need to the track on race day once you know what the weather will be. Have fun!

#104  -  Paul Woods    (April 16th, 2012 at 9:24 am)

brock- I think the cars will go really really fast. :) Seriously though, I have no idea… I don’t worry too much about the absolute speeds. Based on what I’ve seen so far at testing, etc. I hope we will see 220 mph, though that hasn’t happened yet… we’ll see if they get it figured out.

#105  -  April    (April 17th, 2012 at 8:49 am)

Thanks Paul, greatly appriated.

#106  -  SimsMC03    (April 26th, 2012 at 5:07 pm)

I have been going to Indy 500 now for the past three years and I love it. At this point I have sat in the Paddock and Stand B twice. I really enjoy Stand B the most so far. Although I have the chance to buy Paddock Penthouse Box 16, Row D. Shade is very important to me, any thoughts would be great. Thank you.

#107  -  Paul Woods    (April 27th, 2012 at 1:03 pm)

SimsMC03- Those seats might be in the sun initially, but I think you’d have shade for the majority of the race. Hard to say exactly, but those would be darn good seats… they’d be worth putting on a hat for a little while!

#108  -  Scott    (April 27th, 2012 at 4:01 pm)

I sit in row C in the paddock penthouse and you get the shade at 1:15

#109  -  Scott    (April 27th, 2012 at 4:03 pm)

I sit in row C of the Paddock Penthouse and you get the shade at 1:15

#110  -  drmull    (May 2nd, 2012 at 5:11 pm)

Hi Paul -

I’ve Google Image searched for hours to no avail trying to get a definitive answer to my seat question - maybe you have it! I’ve been offered Paddock Box 14 Row Q Seats 1-3. Are these far back enough to see more than the top half of the cars mid-race? Also, Row Q appears to be right at the edge of the roof above…does that sound right?? Thanks for your help…I need to make a decision soon!

#111  -  Paul Woods    (May 3rd, 2012 at 10:45 am)

drmull- Depends on where the cars are. If they are right next to the wall, nobody in the Paddock is going to see very much of them. But if they are toward the middle of the track I think you’ll be okay in row Q. You probably won’t see all the way down to the bottom of the tires, but then again… do you need to? I always recommend that people not obsess about their seating location and just do the best they can and enjoy it.

I think you’re about right regarding the location of row Q in relation to the upper deck… look at the photos taken from row H above and you can guesstimate from there.

Bottom line, these are decent seats from which to experience the Indy 500 and you will have a great time no matter what. If you are a hardcore race fan that needs to see every detail of the race and you are willing to pay more, hold out for something higher on the outside of a turn.

#112  -  Tom    (May 8th, 2012 at 4:08 pm)

Paul…any help would be much appreciated. I have the choice of the following tixs, paddock Penthouse, box 42, seats 1-4 or A penthouse Row M seats 1-4 or lastly,Paddock, box 63 row Q seats 7-10. Taking my 78 year old dad…any thoughts on the best option? Thanks…

#113  -  Paul Woods    (May 9th, 2012 at 9:18 am)

Tom- The first consideration would be whether your dad is up for the hike to the penthouses… there are quite a few stairs to climb on the way up. If so, I’d definitely go for penthouse seats, and of your two choices I might go for the ones in A Stand simply because the Paddock Penthouse Box 42 seats would be way up on the north end of the Paddock… but really it could go either way. The A Stand Penthouse seats would give you a better view of the pits because the best cars will be down on that end and it will be busier as everyone comes out of the pits. But if your dad is not up for the penthouses then those Paddock Box 63 seats are the obvious choice though they too are up on the north end of the Paddock. That’s not bad or anything, just that given the choice I’d rather be on the south end. Have fun!

#114  -  Scoot Crew    (May 10th, 2012 at 2:53 pm)

I know I’ll have an answer to this question in a couple of weeks, but I want to get your opinion now. I’m attending a guys weekend over the Memorial Day holiday and I proposed a trip to the race as part of the festivities. Everyone jumped right on board of that idea. I was too late to get desirable tickets from the IMS, so I went to the second-hand market. The tickets I ordered were not the tickets I ended up receiving. A ticket “upgrade” had us in Paddock section 31 row TT. I called and got us back in our original location of Paddock section 20 row AA. I’ve never sat in the Paddock before. Did I make the right call? I know I gave up some positioning with the row, but I wanted to be close to S/F line since for most on the trip this will be their one and only 500. And I wanted row AA for the extra legroom and because I was afraid of the overhang beign too obtrusive. Your site helped me make what I thought was an eductated decision. Now I’m curious your thoughts.

#115  -  Paul Woods    (May 11th, 2012 at 8:00 am)

Scoot- I think you made a great call! Personally, I don’t really like the upper rows of the Paddock so I think it was a good choice to move down. Plus, you will have a better view of pre & post race stuff in section 20. Enjoy the race!

#116  -  Scoot Crew    (May 11th, 2012 at 2:13 pm)

Paul, thanks so much for the confirmation. I am looking forward to the race. I will definitely upload pics to the site for future reference for others. Keep up the good work. I know I took advantage of this site often when researching tickets. Now if you could just guarantee 75 degrees and sunshine.

#117  -  Jim    (May 24th, 2012 at 1:12 am)

Paul - Great site. Exactly what I was looking for. I have been given paddock tickets and all the info I have is 23-AA. A few questions…How is the view of the pre-race ceremonies/start line? Is it covered? Can we see the flyover? What kind of view will we have of the cars coming out of 4 and into 1? Also, post 114 mentioned extra leg room? Sorry, I know that’s a lot. Your help is greatly appreciated as I have some first-timers with me! 4 more days…

#118  -  Paul Woods    (May 24th, 2012 at 9:28 am)

Jim- You’re probably in Paddock Section 23 row AA. That is the first row of the upper portion of the lower deck (the upper portion goes by “Section”, the lower portion goes by “Box”). Being the first row, it is elevated just a bit with a walkway directly in front of you, so yes you will have a lot of extra legroom as opposed to having another row of seats in front of you. That can be very nice. You will definitely have shade as well. Depending on precisely where the jets fly over the Speedway, you may see them or you may not… if they fly directly over the front stretch you might not see them, but if they are a little further into the infield you might be able to. You might also be able to step into the aisle in front of you as they pass over and catch a glimpse then return to your seat. You’ll be able to see the pre-race ceremonies but they might be a little far off… if you really want to see faces, etc. you might bring a small pair of binoculars. As for racing action, you might catch a glimpse of the cars in turn 4 but they’ll be far away and they’ll disappear when they’re near the wall. You really won’t see too much until they are on the straightaway. You’ll have a great view of the pits and you should be able to see the start/finish line. Overall though, these aren’t bad seats and they should be great for first-timers. Enjoy!

#119  -  Anonymous    (May 25th, 2012 at 8:09 am)

I have tickets for Paddock Box 67,row Q. Are my seats covered?

#120  -  Anonymous    (May 25th, 2012 at 9:36 am)

Is Row Q in the Paddock shaded? I have sat in North Vista for the last three races, and really looking for some cover this year.

#121  -  Paul Woods    (May 25th, 2012 at 4:40 pm)

You are in luck… at 12 noon in late May, row Q is about the first row with shade… I just checked today. As the sun moves west behind the stands, the lower rows will get shade.

#122  -  Robb    (May 25th, 2012 at 11:00 pm)

Paul - reading many of your replies with great interest. Bringing my family for our first race. I am worried about our seats in the Paddock row UU, I thinks second to last row. Noting your comments about not being able to see up, is there any way one can stand down below during the fly over and balloons? Also, any way on race day morning to buy better seats from scalpers or the track?

#123  -  Paul Woods    (May 26th, 2012 at 7:43 am)

Rob- If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that there is no way to truly see “everything”… the event is just too big. Officially, you’re not really allowed to stand in the walkways to get a view of things… the Yellow Shirts wil shoo you along. However, if you are moving and you time it right, you might be able to be “on your way” to your seats right when the flyover occurs. Or I suppose you could be in an area like the Pagoda Plaza for the flyover, but I doubt you would make it to your seats by the start of the race. You can certainly check with the scalpers on race day morning but be careful. I doubt the Speedway would have better tickets available this late, though I’m sure there are plenty in full sun. Or just do what I do… see what you see and set your DVR to record everything and watch it the next day! Have fun… I’m sure you will all have a great time.

#124  -  jack    (May 26th, 2012 at 7:54 pm)

We are sitting in paddock penthouse. We would like to bring a cooler for the kids but don’t know if we can or how big of a cooler? Just think they will need lots of water. Thanks

#125  -  Paul Woods    (May 26th, 2012 at 8:17 pm)

Jack- coolers can be up to 14×14x14, and rumor has it they are being more strict about it this year. Also, no glass containers. But at $4 for bottled water, a cooler is worth lugging around. Bring more than one if needed. Have fun!

#126  -  fullrich    (February 19th, 2013 at 3:50 pm)


#127  -  Paul Woods    (February 22nd, 2013 at 5:31 pm)

fullrich- those should be great seats. Enjoy the race!

#128  -  RB    (March 2nd, 2013 at 5:28 pm)

Hi! I am looking for tickets for 6. I waited too long to decide to go and now they are all sold. Any thoughts on how to get good Paddock seats? BTW - I am from Texas and haven’t been to a race in over a decade, but am looking forward to coming to Indiana!

#129  -  Steve B    (April 16th, 2013 at 11:47 am)

My family has had the same tickets for 45 years, Paddock Penthouse Sec.29 Row M, Seats 1,2,3 and Section 30 Row L, Seats 7,8,9. I went once when I was 16 years old in 1973 and don’t remember much about it except for the ankle deep beers cans in the street behind the main stands. I am thinking about going again with my kids for the 100th race in a couple years. Please refresh my memory, what can you tell me about the seats, are they near each other?, good views?, I thought I remember being able to see the back stretch, but from some of the recent pictures I have seen, it looks like they have built some higher structures since 1973 which now blocks the view. And have you heard about any special plans for the 100th? Thanks in advance!

#130  -  Paul Woods    (April 16th, 2013 at 7:52 pm)

Steve- I had to chuckle at your memory of ankle-deep beer cans… every year that I take my son I hope that’s what he remembers too! :) Just kidding.

Anyway, those seats would be pretty good for something like the 100th race because you should be just close enough to see some of the festivities that would be going on around the pagoda area, etc. It might be better to be in sections lower than 29-30, but when you consider that lots of other people are WAY out of viewing range I would still say those are decent seats.

The two groups of seats would be close, you could wave to each other but you wouldn’t be able to have a conversation (or pass a beer) or anything like that. You are correct that you would not be able to see the backstretch… the media center would be in the way.

I haven’t heard about any 100th race plans yet but I’m sure they will do something special.

#131  -  Steve    (April 20th, 2013 at 8:37 pm)

Paul: Thank you very much for your website! It has helped me greatly to understand the confusing seating options at Indy. I have purchased 4 tickets for myself, my wife, our son and his fiance. I have attended the 500 on four previous occasions, but not since ‘78. My family have NEVER attended. So this will be a great “new” experience for ALL of us. After studying your site & others, I’ve purchased 4 Paddock Penthouse tickets, Box 16, Row E. What’s your opinion of what we’ll see and experience, please? Thank you again!!!

#132  -  Paul Woods    (April 26th, 2013 at 12:43 pm)

Steve- sorry for the delayed reply. I think it’s great that you and your family will attend The Race this year! You scored some fantastic seats so you’re all in for a real treat. You’ll be right near the start/finish line so you’ll have a great view of the front straight, the pits, the victory podium, and everything else. You should be able to see the cars coming out of turn 4 all the way into turn 1. Your view of the pre-race ceremonies (especially important for first-timers) should be outstanding. Have a great time!

#133  -  Steve    (April 27th, 2013 at 2:38 am)

Wow, thank you Paul! Now I’m even more excited and can hardly until May 26th! Thanks again for a great website!

#134  -  Chris    (April 30th, 2013 at 8:37 am)

Hi there! Just a quick question about Paddock Penthouse seats. This is my first time sitting up in the penthouse, and I have a seat in Row B of Section 48. Wanting to find out if this seat has any roof coverage. From pictures I have looked at online it seems the answer is no, so want to be prepared if that is the case. A definitive answer would help … thanks so much!

#135  -  Paul Woods    (April 30th, 2013 at 9:09 am)

Chris- being in row B, I would definitely recommend being prepared for sun and rain. Since the seats face east and the sun moves west, you should have some shade not too long after the race starts, but you won’t have any protection from the rain. But I’m sure it will be a picture-perfect sunny day in the high 70’s with just a very slight breeze… :)

#136  -  Chris    (April 30th, 2013 at 11:31 am)

Thanks so much for your reply …. Last year was a hot one, upper 70’s sounds great to me:)

#137  -  Nick Noe (Carroll's Son)    (May 7th, 2013 at 10:38 pm)

I finally scored Paddock Press seats for myself and three kids. Do I need cushions for those folding chairs?

#138  -  Paul Woods    (May 10th, 2013 at 8:02 am)

Nick- It’s personal preference… the folding chairs do not already have cushions if that’s what you’re asking. I’m not sure you’d need them, but it’s up to you. Enjoy the race!

#139  -  Tonya    (May 10th, 2013 at 12:12 pm)

Paul, thinking about purchasing 2 Paddock Penthouse, Box 47, Row J aisle seats to this year’s race. How are these seats for a first time race experience? Package also includes lot 2 parking pass. Thanks, Tonya

#140  -  Susan    (May 16th, 2013 at 10:22 pm)

We have never been to the 500 race and were given Paddock Penthouse tickets this year-row B. One member in our group has a fear of heights and slight vertigo, others are telling him not to attempt the climb because of the steps, are the steps open to where this could be a problem?

#141  -  Paul Woods    (May 17th, 2013 at 8:57 am)

Tonya- Anything in Paddock Penthouse will be great for a first-time race experience. If you wanted to be really picky you could try for something more in the box 12 to box 20 range, but I wouldn’t worry about it. At my first Indy 500 I had the worst seats ever… they don’t even exist anymore… and I had a great time. Enjoy the race!

#142  -  Paul Woods    (May 17th, 2013 at 9:04 am)

Susan- The stairways could be a concern for your friend. They are completely open and you definitely get that “up in the air” feeling. Here is a good photo of the steps:

Not sure if there’s anything that can be done to get your friend up there, but sitting in row B of the Paddock Penthouse for the Indy 500 would be a fantastic experience. Hope it works out.

#143  -  Lee    (May 18th, 2013 at 8:14 pm)

Hi, Paul, great website! We are driving up from SC for the Indy 500 (first time). We can’t wait! We have tickets in Paddock Box 66, row N. Of course I will ask the usual questions: any shade? Do these seats have a back? Should we bring a cushion? And will we be able to see the track? Thanks!

#144  -  JD    (May 19th, 2013 at 10:25 pm)

Hi there! This is mine & my husband’s 1st time at the Indy 500. We are really excited!!! We’ll be sitting in the Paddock, sec 5 row SS. Can you tell me what we can see from there? Thanks so much!!

#145  -  Paul Woods    (May 20th, 2013 at 2:26 pm)

Lee- At about 12:00 noon, the first shaded row is Q, so although you will not start off in the shade you should get some shortly thereafter as the sun moves west. Your seats will have backs, and I would recommend bringing a cushion or renting one from one of the non-profit groups at the track. You’ll be able to see the track and the back end of the pits. Have fun!

#146  -  Paul Woods    (May 20th, 2013 at 2:31 pm)

JD- You’ll have a good view of the front straight and the pits, and you may be able to see the pre-race ceremonies pretty well. The big advantage to those seats is that they will be in the shade. Have a great time!

#147  -  Lee    (May 20th, 2013 at 9:38 pm)

Thanks, Paul! Can’t wait!

#148  -  Christopher    (May 21st, 2013 at 3:02 pm)

Hi Paul, great website! This will be my first 500, going with my dad who has been a few times before. We are in Paddock Sec 27, row EE. The picture up top looks like they are great seats. Is there any shade? Should we grab some cushions? Thanks.

#149  -  Lee    (May 21st, 2013 at 4:25 pm)

One more question, what size backpack can I bring?

#150  -  Paul Woods    (May 22nd, 2013 at 8:11 am)

Christopher- You will have shade in row EE. I would recommend bringing a seat cushion or renting one from one of the non-profit groups at the track. Enjoy the race!

#151  -  Paul Woods    (May 22nd, 2013 at 8:16 am)

Lee- I believe the max cooler size is now 18×14x14 (it used to be 14×14x14). I’m not sure if that also applies to backpacks or not but it probably does. Basically, whatever you bring in needs to be able to tuck under your seat so that it doesn’t get in the way.

#152  -  Lee    (May 23rd, 2013 at 12:28 pm)

Thanks, Paul. So, you can bring a cooler OR a backpack, but not both?

#153  -  Paul Woods    (May 23rd, 2013 at 4:09 pm)

Lee- you can bring both, but they each must be within the size limits. Just remember that you’ve got to be able to tuck them away under your seat so they don’t get in everyone’s way.

#154  -  Lee    (May 23rd, 2013 at 7:17 pm)

Thanks, Paul!

#155  -  JD    (May 24th, 2013 at 9:27 am)

Thank you Paul!! This is a fabulous website. Great info!

#156  -  Steve    (June 2nd, 2013 at 11:45 am)

Paul, this is Steve again…posts #131 & #133. Our seats were FANTASTIC! My family had a WONDERFUL time. We can hardly wait to go again! Thanks again for your very helpful website!

#157  -  Bobby    (June 15th, 2013 at 5:15 am)

Does anyone know if there are restrooms close to the paddlock penthouse..i like to drink a few cold ones on race day…and dont want to climb up an down all day?? Never sat in the paddlock lenthouse…but hoping that it meaning with the word penthouse in it…that maybe thete would be restrooms up in the section…..if anyone knows..please drop me a line…thanks!!

#158  -  Paul Woods    (June 17th, 2013 at 12:01 pm)

Bobby- Yes, there are restrooms located on the upper level of the Paddock Penthouse. They also sell beer up there, so they’ll have you covered either way!

#159  -  Bobby    (June 18th, 2013 at 3:44 am)

Paul,awesome!!! Thanks for the imfo…all my worries are gone!!! Cant wait for the brickyard!!!

#160  -  Chuck    (July 22nd, 2013 at 9:15 pm)

I got seats 12-13 row B in the paddock press penthouse are they goods seats and do they have a good view

#161  -  Paul Woods    (July 23rd, 2013 at 4:59 pm)

Chuck- The Paddock Press Penthouse is a unique experience. Being in row B, your enjoyment of those seats will depend on how much the people in row A stand up and block the view. They could be good seats, but if you don’t like them, it sounds like there will be lots of open seats elsewhere (this comment is for the Brickyard 400 where attendance is much lower than the Indy 500).

#162  -  Carrie    (October 21st, 2013 at 4:56 pm)

Hey I just bought tickets to the 2014 Brickyard 400 my seats are paddock box section B14 Row T. Will these seats be good any insight about our section would be great.


#163  -  Michelle    (January 17th, 2014 at 7:13 pm)

This is my first Indy race and I cannot figure out where my seats are, despite all the great information here. The Order says “PADBX” Section B41. When I enter that (and the row number) into the 3-D map it says “seats not found” or some such thing. Does this mean Paddock Box or am I misunderstanding what PADBX means? Thank you!

#164  -  Paul Woods    (January 17th, 2014 at 7:30 pm)

Michelle- Instead of entering your box number and doing a search, just hover your mouse over a section of the Paddock, then click. Or you can select Stands… Paddock from the menu at the top.

Either way, it should zoom in and expand to show more sections, and as you hover over each one it will tell you what box and range of rows will be displayed. Click on the one that matches yours and the 3d view should be displayed. Have fun at the race!

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