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Indy 500 Local TV Blackout Lifted For Second Year In A Row

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host 135,000 spectators for the 105th running of the Indianapolis 500. (Samantha Horton/IPB News)

Hoosiers in central Indiana will be able to watch the Indianapolis 500 live this weekend.

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced Wednesday afternoon the traditional television blackout would be lifted after all available tickets for this year’s race were sold.

IMS officials said in a statement, the speedway hit its “capacity for this year’s Indianapolis 500 and look forward to hosting 135,000 fans at the world’s largest sporting event since the pandemic began.”

It was announced in April that the 105th running of the Indy 500 would only allow 40 percent capacity of the venue and require attendees to wear masks while in the facility and space groups out in stands.

Last year’s race had no fans and was delayed until August in response to the pandemic.

Contact reporter Samantha at shorton@wfyi.org or follow her on Twitter at @SamHorton5.