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March 11, 2014

Glamping comes to IMS infield for the Indy 500

For the first time, racing fans will be able to stay inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) during the Indianapolis 500 — and do so in style.

Glamping, a combination of the words “glamour” and “camping,” will be offered during the Indianapolis 500 race weekend, May 22 to 26.

According to information from the IMS, 250 spots are available and tent packages range from $600 to $900 for four days and five nights. Check-in begins after 8 a.m. May 22 and check-out is before 11 a.m. May 26.

Packages include a 10x15-foot safari-style tent with queen or twin beds and as many as two to four canvas sleeping cots per tent, all including pillows and blankets. Each tent package includes general admission race tickets, Coors Light Carb Day tickets, Legends Day tickets and a parking pass for the IMS infield.

Other amenities include a table with chairs, private restroom and shower facilities, a private lock and access to cell phone charging stations, and ice and water sales.

The glamping sites will be south of the Snakepit area inside turn three.

Suzi Elliot with IMS Public Relations said the idea was to jump on the popularity of glamping in other parts of the nation.

“If you look at glamping, it’s getting big on the west coast, so (in places like) Montana, Utah, California, and Oregon, they’re all doing it,” Elliot said. “I think somebody saw it and thought, ‘Hey this would be perfect.’ We’re getting a lot of media exposure out of it because I think it is so new (and) you show up and everything is done for you.”

She also thinks hardcore race fans will get a kick out of being able to stay inside the track.

“I think it’s a new experience and I think being the first time that anyone is allowed to stay inside, because the only people that are allowed to do that now are the IndyCar owners and the drivers,” Elliot said. “It’s just a unique experience for fans.”

IMS President J. Douglas Boles agreed.

“Until May 2014 if someone wanted to camp in the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, they had to be a driver or an owner and stay in their motorcoach,” Boles said. “We’re excited that fans of the Indianapolis 500 will get to enjoy this unique experience in a hassle-free, upscale accommodation.”

For more information and tent rentals, visit the website at www.ims.com/glamping.

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