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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway takes pride in ensuring the safety and security of its guests. Please review the gate rules and regulations prior to arriving to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Select an event from the dropdown menu above to view specific gate regulations in place for that event.

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Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited through Indianapolis Motor Speedway gates:

  • Aerosol cans.
  • Animals (except service animals providing assistance to an individual with a disability).
  • Bicycles
  • Carts and wagons (Indy 500 Race Day only).
  • Coolers larger than 18" x 14" x 14".
  • Fireworks and flares.
  • Flagpoles.
  • Glass containers.
  • Golf carts, ATVs, scooters, and minibikes.
  • Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  • Items restricted by local, state or federal law.
  • Lasers of any kind.
  • Offensive or obscene materials (e.g., flags, signs, clothing)
  • Roller blades, skateboards, skates, pogo sticks, hover boards and scooters.
  • Soliciting of any kind.
  • Scaffolding or platforms.
  • Selfie sticks.
  • Stickers.
  • Trampolines and swimming pools.
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones and also referred to as remotely piloted aircrafts, and similar remote controlled devices.
  • Weapons of any type, including knives, firearms and ammunition.
  • Any other items not mentioned that may pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of the event by other guests may be refused at the discretion of security and management. These items are subject to change without notice. There are no provisions for checking and holding items prohibited items. Prohibited items may not be left at or around the gates. Items left unattended will be removed and discarded.
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Permitted Items

The following items are permitted through Indianapolis Motor Speedway gates:

  • Personal, non-commercial photo and video cameras. Video cameras and audio recording equipment are not allowed within concert areas.
  • Binoculars, scanners and headsets.
  • Camelbacks.
  • Camera stands (tripods, monopods) as long as they do not cause a safety hazard or obstruct the view of others. Camera stands are not allowed within grandstands and concert areas.
  • Carts and wagons are allowed every day except Indy 500 Race Day. The use of carts and wagons may be restricted in some areas.
  • Coolers no larger than 18”x14”x14”, coolers may be hard or soft sided.
  • Flags as long as they do not obstruct the view of others. Flags are not allowed within concert areas.
  • Food and beverages (i.e., water, soft drinks, beer, and wine in non-glass containers).
  • Mobility aids used by guests with disabilities. Guests are responsible for securing unattended wheelchairs and scooters. IMS reserves the right to prohibit any device based on size or other considerations.
  • Strollers, lawn chairs and folding camping chairs. Strollers, regular height lawn chairs or folding chairs are not allowed in Concert Pit and VIP areas.
  • Umbrellas as long as they do not obstruct the view of others. The umbrella’s user takes sole responsibility for the safe use of the umbrella.
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Smoking Policy

Smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, vaporizers or similar products will not be permitted in IMS grandstands. Fans wishing to smoke may do so twenty feet away from buildings and seating entrances. Smoking is allowed in the IMS infield.

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Cooler Information

Cooler restrictions vary by event; please see event details below for event specific regulations on coolers. All coolers and bags must be no larger than 18”x14”x14” in size. Coolers and bags will be checked for both size and contents at each pedestrian gate. Coolers can be hard or soft sided. It is recommended that guests arrive early and allow proper time for inspection.

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