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Guests Encouraged To ‘Plan Ahead’ for Total Solar Eclipse with

Thursday, April 4, 2024 Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Solar eclipse glasses

More than 75 percent of ticket buyers for the solar eclipse are visiting IMS for the first time Monday, April 8.

Arrive Early, Be Prepared for Successful Day at the Track

Those attending the Total Solar Eclipse Event presented by Purdue University on Monday, April 8 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway are encouraged to “Plan Ahead” through, an interactive web page that serves as a home base for everyone headed to the track.

The “Plan Ahead” page features detailed information about the entire experience at IMS, including directions, parking, schedule, gate regulations, digital ticket and parking guide, ADA accessibility and much more. This information will help guests prepare for their trip to IMS.

“More than 75 percent of ticket buyers for the solar eclipse are visiting IMS for the first time,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “We have a full day of fun and educational activities planned to welcome both new and old fans to the Racing Capital of the World. Arrive early, plan for traffic, bring your cooler and be prepared for an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

“After two years of planning and more than 60 special events being offered across the city, we’re anticipating 100,000 visitors will arrive for the Total Solar Eclipse,” said Morgan Snyder, senior director of public relations at Visit Indy. “Fortunately, Indy is no stranger to hosting large-scale events, and as the Crossroads of America, know that we’re prepared and excited to welcome this influx of eclipse enthusiasts. As with any of the large-scale events we host, we encourage visitors to plan ahead. We recommend visitors make a day of it by arriving early and staying late to help avoid traffic congestion.”

More Information

All IMS patrons should be aware of the following to ensure a successful day at the track:


Tickets for the Total Solar Eclipse Event presented by Purdue University are available for purchase at or by walking up to the gates April 8.

Digital tickets can be accessed via a smart phone’s web browser or by saving the digital ticket to the mobile device’s wallet. Fans are encouraged to ensure the brightness on their smart phone is turned up before approaching the gate for a seamless scanning of their digital ticket. They also are encouraged to visit the IMS Digital Ticket guide to manage their digital tickets and enhance their at-track experience.

Cashless Facility:

IMS is a cashless facility. Please be prepared to complete your ticket, concession and merchandise purchases with ease during your event via debit or credit card.

Tap-to-pay phone payments will be accepted, as will credit and debit transactions.

Eclipse Glasses:

"The Greatest Spectacles" Solar Eclipse glasses are included with every admission. Once inside the facility, IMS Staff will hand out glasses. There will also be a pick-up location in Pagoda Plaza. Solar Eclipse glasses will not be distributed upon entry at the gates.

Things to Bring:

Fans will be allowed to bring one cooler and one standard backpack or book bag per person.

No coolers larger than 18 inches long by 15 inches high by 15 inches wide can be brought into the facility, which will be strictly enforced.

Telescopes will be permitted on viewing mounds only for the event. Review the gate regulations to confirm prohibited and permitted items before arriving.

Gates, Parking and Rideshare:

Gate 2, Gate 3 and Gate 6 will be open.

Free parking will be available in Lot 2, Lot 3G, Lot 3P and Main Gate. Parking within the IMS infield is available while space permits. Please enter through Gate 2 from 16th Street.

If you are coming from the West / Crawfordsville Road, turn left on Auburn Street to park in Lot 2, or turn right into Main Gate lot on 16th Street. If you are coming from the East / 16th Street, turn left into Lot 3G or Lot 3P, or turn right into the IMS infield at Gate 2. Maps are available online.

Guests using a rideshare option will be dropped off and picked up from Lot 3P.

Additional Resources and Information:

For more information regarding access to IMS, visit

The Speedway Police Department can be reached for non-emergency services by dialing 311 on a cell phone. The goal of 311 is to provide an easy-to-remember number for non-emergency services while freeing up 911 lines for timely emergency response.

Visit to purchase tickets for the Total Solar Eclipse Event presented by Purdue University.