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04/20/17
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Attendance For This Year's Indianapolis 500 Will Not Suffer A Drop As Big As Expected
A massive crowd attended last year's Indy 500
A massive crowd attended last year's Indy 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials and motorsports business observers were concerned this year’s Indianapolis 500 would "see a major attendance decline after last year’s 100th running of the race," but that "decline isn’t nearly as big as some had imagined it could be," according to Anthony Schoettle of the INDIANAPOLIS BUSINESS JOURNAL. 

A 15% year-over-year attendance decline is "rarely good news for an international sporting event," but for the '17 Indy 500 "it's likely a relief." The "aim all along has been for this year’s attendance to beat" '15, which was about 220,000. Matching last year’s attendance, estimated at 355,000, was "never seen as a realistic goal."  

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