No fans will be in attendance at the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) announced on Tuesday.
IMS issued a statement on Tuesday confirming the decision to hold the event without fans present.
“It is with great regret that we announce the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Aug. 23 without fans. This tough decision was made following careful consideration and extensive consultation with state and city leadership," the statement from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway said.
IMS says the decision comes as COVID-19 trends in Marion County and Indiana have worsened, despite the organization's dedication to allowing fans to attend the event at 25% capacity.
Individuals who still have tickets to this year’s Indy 500 will be credited for the 2021 Indianapolis 500 and will retain their seniority and their originally assigned seats.
The first Indy 500 practice will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 12, with a full schedule available on IMS.com, though all on-track activity during the month of August, including practice and qualifications, will be closed to the general public.
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb released a statement on IMS's decision to not allow fans to attend the event:
“Throughout this unprecedented process, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has always prioritized the safety of the fans," said Gov. Holcomb. "I am grateful for Roger Penske’s leadership and his entire team for thoughtfully approaching this decision with transparency and collaboration. I want to encourage Hoosiers to continue to social distance, wear masks and take precautions so we can continue to slow the spread of COVID-19 and hear the roar of the engines at the track next May."
The 104th Running of the Indy 500 will take place Sunday, Aug. 23.