"That number is in the correct ballpark," IMS
vice president of corporate communications Alex Damron told
Reuters in an email. "Keep in mind, the vast majority of current
sales represent Indy 500 ticket renewals, which occurred in the
weeks following last year's race.
"Over the last few months, as the COVID-19 situation has
developed, we have not been actively promoting our ticket sale
Billed as the world's biggest single day sporting event
routinely attracting estimated crowds of between 250,000 to
300,000, the sale of 175,000 tickets in a normal year would be
considered worryingly low. However, in the midst of the COVID-19
outbreak the number could be frighteningly high.
Of the sports that have reopened in the wake of the pandemic,
most are taking place without spectators.
The few that have allowed fans have limited the numbers and
those under very strict health and safety protocols.
If IMS allows all those who have purchased tickets into the
Brickyard, it would represent the largest gathering anywhere in
the U.S. since COVID-19 forced the shutdown of North American
Regions across the United States are experiencing a surge in
COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.
More than 36,000 new U.S. cases were recorded on Wednesday, a
few hundred shy of the record 36,426 on April 24.
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Christian
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