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Old 03-21-2012, 06:27 PM
 
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400,000 i said.........
Heres the math, 267,000 seats. then the infield area raises the capacity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to over 400,000
You will NEVER get official attendance figures though as the Hulman family doesn't release them. Indy locals know that though
but its safe to assume its nearly 400,000 people total both fans and workers for the event every may.
If you havent been to Indianapolis you need to visit before offering opinions.
there is maybe 350,000 spectators, plus a few thousand staff at most there is 375,000 people, and the Speedway is NOT in Indianapolis.
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Old 03-21-2012, 06:51 PM
 
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Annapolis is one of my faves. Montgomery, Alabama, isn't one of them.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Chicago =)
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Faves:
1. Boston - World Class city, one of the few state capitals that are
2. Atlanta - Same as the above
3. Madison - Got the amenities of a college town but is able to remain peaceful
4. Honolulu - love the weather. Feels a bit like Miami without all the crime.
5. St. Paul - Fairly urban, near Minneapolis, which is one of my favorite cities
Honorable Mention: I just couldn't leave out Austin, its a vibrant city with an excellent economy
My least favorite capitals in the US:
1. Jackson - Pretty crummy metro imo, boring city
2. Charleston - nothing really bad about it, just a really meh kinda city
3. Montgomery - I kinda have the same feeling here as Jackson
4. Tallahasee- This city really seems to have stunted growth due to Orlando Tampa Bay Miami and even Jax
5. Monpelier -SMALL town, not a huge fan
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Old 03-22-2012, 12:04 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Annapolis is one of my faves. Montgomery, Alabama, isn't one of them.
That was my personal experience as well. Of all the ones I have visited, I hate to say that it's at the very bottom of my list. ...and yes, I have also been to Jackson.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:01 AM
 
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there is maybe 350,000 spectators, plus a few thousand staff at most there is 375,000 people, and the Speedway is NOT in Indianapolis.
So now it's about city and not MSA. Anywho, you want to claim that, feel free but I will say try passing that logic to IMPD when they pull you over IN Speedway and see how well that goes for you.

All of your larger venues tend to be racing of some sort. That's the nature of the beast. IMS holds the most followed by Daytona and for some reason thinking Churchill Downs is third at about 175k people.

Two largest single day attended is 1. Indianapolis 500, 2. Brickyard 400 at IMS and 3. Daytona 500.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:29 AM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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I can tell you where I drove - E/W Raymond St and the Sam Jones Expressway. Did not look very nice to me. Drove through the downtown before also on I-65 - looked like a typical urban skyline - nothing unusual struck me.
You drove through the industrial wastelands of Indianapolis, and that is what you are basing your opinion on? That is like visiting a single factory in Pittsburgh and calling the whole city dirty.
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Old 03-22-2012, 06:35 AM
 
Location: South Central Nebraska
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You drove through the industrial wastelands of Indianapolis, and that is what you are basing your opinion on? That is like visiting a single factory in Pittsburgh and calling the whole city dirty.
The skyline also did not stand out. Sorry if I don't like modern skyscraper-laden big city capitals, I prefer smaller capitals with character.
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Old 03-22-2012, 08:25 AM
 
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I can tell you where I drove - E/W Raymond St and the Sam Jones Expressway. Did not look very nice to me. Drove through the downtown before also on I-65 - looked like a typical urban skyline - nothing unusual struck me.


This is HILARIOUS!!!
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Indianapolis
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The skyline also did not stand out. Sorry if I don't like modern skyscraper-laden big city capitals, I prefer smaller capitals with character.
actually get off the freeway and drive through downtown there is MORE than skyscrapers.
Ignorance is showing dude lol.
Monument Circle is one of the nicest downtown monuments in the country and THAT IS NOT a skyscraper!
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Old 03-22-2012, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas, USA
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actually get off the freeway and drive through downtown there is MORE than skyscrapers.
Ignorance is showing dude lol.
Monument Circle is one of the nicest downtown monuments in the country and THAT IS NOT a skyscraper!
While I think you are way overstating the importance of hosting the Indy 500, I think Indy is a pretty nice city. I spent some time with some friends there a few years ago and we stayed downtown, Monument Circle was great and it was fun to walk around. I'm curious, what would you homers say are some defining characteristics of the city? What makes it great, and please don't say the ability to have a successful NASCAR race or super bowl..I'm talking everyday, livability stuff.

All in all I'd put it up there in my Top 10 capitals, but as far as I can tell it doesn't offer anything that would propel it to the Top 5, let alone the top so I'm curious to hear from some locals. Well-reasoned opinions only please, you can save the overt cheerleading.
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