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How many people will be at sold-out Indy 500?

Posted at 10:33 AM, May 25, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- With the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 now sold out, the race will be shown locally on RTV6. But for those who are going to Sunday's race, exactly how much will Sunday feel less like an Indy 500 race, and more like Black Friday?

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When Hulman & Company CEO Mark Miles was asked about how many people will be at the race, the answer was ... less than clear.

"We don't answer that question," he said.

But he gave a few hints as to the crowd size. Miles said it will be "a whole lot more than were here last year."

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials don't release official attendance numbers, but the 2015 estimates were around 250,000. Miles went on to say he expects 70,000-100,000 more than last year.

"One way we've been thinking about this is you could take ... the population of Fort Wayne, Indiana and the population of South Bend, Indiana, put them together, and something of that order will be here on race day," Miles said.

The most recent population totals for Fort Wayne and South Bend were 258,522 and 101,190, respectively, according to 2014 census estimates.

That would equal about 360,000 people in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the race.

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