Gate Rules & Regulations

Indianapolis Motor Speedway

All coolers and bags must be no larger than 18”x14”x14” in size; coolers can be hard or soft sided. Coolers and bags will be checked for both size and contents at each pedestrian gate. It is recommended that guests arrive early and allow proper time for inspection.

New Smoking Policy in effect for Red Bull Air Race:

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that its grandstands will be entirely smoke-free beginning with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race. In addition, leading up to the Air Race, the track will provide limited smoke-free family grandstands at select Month of May events and at the Brickyard 400.

Said IMS President J. Douglas Boles: “In recent years, our fans have consistently asked us to provide a smoke-free experience in the grandstands. This is especially true among families bringing younger children to the track. I’m pleased we’re making this move and look forward to working with our operational team, fans and partners to implement these changes.”

Beginning with the 2017 Red Bull Air Race on Oct. 14-15, 2017 and continuing throughout the entire 2018 season and beyond, smoking will not be permitted in any IMS grandstands. Fans wishing to smoke will be asked to do so 20 feet away from buildings and reserved seating entrances. Smoking will continue to be allowed in the IMS infield.

Items Allowed Inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
  • Coolers (restricted to no larger than 18”x14”x14”, coolers may be hard or soft sided).
  • Food and beverages.
  • Binoculars, scanners and cameras.
  • Camera stands (tripods, monopods, etc.) as long as they do not cause a safety hazard or obstruct the view of others.
  • Strollers, lawn chairs and folding camping chairs.
  • Flags as long as they do not obstruct the view of others.
  • 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.
  • Carts and wagons are allowed every day except Race Day. The use of carts and wagons may be restricted in some areas.
  • 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.
Items Not Allowed Inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway*
  • Weapons, including pocketknives, firearms and ammunition, of any kind.
  • Fireworks and flares.
  • Flagpoles.
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles**, commonly known as a drones and also referred to as remotely piloted aircrafts, and similar remote controlled devices.
  • Selfie sticks.
  • Animals (except service animals assisting guests who are disabled).
  • Lasers of any kind.
  • Roller blades, skateboards, skates, hover boards and scooters.
  • Golf carts.
  • Coolers larger than 18" x 14" x 14".
  • Glass containers.
  • Stickers.
  • Scaffolding or platforms.
  • Illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  • Any other items not mentioned that may pose a safety hazard or diminish the enjoyment of the event by other guests.
  • Sampling or Flyers of any kind.
  • Aerosol cans.
  • Professional cameras (Concerts Only).
  • Audio/Video recording equipment (Concerts Only).

*Please note, IMS Guest Services personnel reserves the right to deny entry of any items deemed inappropriate for any reason, per its sole and absolute discretion.

**The use of drones or any other unmanned aircraft systems is prohibited at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and its related facilities. This prohibition applies to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway race track facilities, parking and camping lots and vending areas and the Brickyard Crossing golf course.

Garage Area Policy
  • Restricted Areas: Credentials must be worn on person for admittance and must remain visible at all times.
  • No smoking.
  • No alcoholic beverages.
  • No coolers.
  • All bags must be searched before entering Garage Area.
Bicycle Policy

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway supports the use of bicycles for traveling to the facility. Bicyclists will not be allowed to enter through pedestrian gates. For the safety of cyclists, bicycles are not allowed to be ridden through vehicular tunnels.

Fun Fact #39
Since 2000, there have been a total of 85 races held on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.