Because the host to the Indianapolis 500, one of many greatest motor sports activities occasions on the earth, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is completely large with a capability that may host not less than 350,000 folks between the grandstands and the infield.
Actually, the infield of the long-lasting 2.5-mile monitor is so ridiculously gigantic that, at 253 acres, it’s massive sufficient to concurrently maintain a number of different sports activities venues and worldwide landmarks — if that had been an precise factor that would occur, in fact. However in actuality, it’s so large there are literally four holes from the adjacent Brickyard Crossing golf course inside the monitor.
So, with the 104th Indy 500 on Sunday, we thought this may be a superb time to remind everybody simply how huge Indianapolis Motor Speedway is — even when there received’t be followers inside it this 12 months. The IMS infield might maintain eight main landmarks within it concurrently: Churchill Downs, Yankee Stadium, Rose Bowl Stadium, Vatican Metropolis, the Taj Mahal, the White Home, Liberty Island and the Roman Colosseum.
Within the picture supplied by the IndyCar Collection, Yankee Stadium, Liberty Island, the White Home and the Colosseum are on high of the golf course contained in the monitor.
Preserving issues slightly extra native, the IndyStar previously reported that the infield additionally might match all 14 Massive Ten soccer stadiums in it with loads of room to spare. It’s just like how Daytona Worldwide Speedway, additionally a 2.5-mile behemoth, could fit 15 Florida stadiums in the infield.
As Snopes previously noted about this astounding reality, we’re solely speaking in regards to the Indy monitor’s infield and never the overall property acreage, so that’s the usual utilized right here to exclude the landmarks’ surrounding areas. Extra by way of Snopes:
Including up the footprints of Churchill Downs (80 acres), Yankee Stadium (15 acres), the Rose Bowl (10 acres), the Roman Colosseum (6 acres), Vatican Metropolis (110 acres), the White Home (18 acres), Taj Mahal (lower than 1 acre), and Liberty Island (12 acres), produces an total space (252 acres) that’s smaller than the scale of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (253 acres). (We’re ignoring the problem of whether or not the shapes of those landmarks would permit them to be positioned throughout the IMS with none overlap or stacking.)
So yeah, Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a monster sports activities venue that would maintain a number of main points of interest if that had been truly potential.
The 104th operating of the Indy 500 is Sunday, August 23 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.