Fans appreciative of new, faster ticket checks at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – A new ticket process at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway helped fans get in more quickly this year.

It appeared that traffic along 16th Street would be tough with much of it being blocked off, but it didn’t slow down the masses Sunday morning for the Indianapolis 500.

Security used a marker to mark tickets instead of tearing off the stubs like in previous years. That move got each person in about 25 second faster.

Although that sounds like a short amount of time, it’s clear fans noticed a difference.

“Wonderful. We walked up, walked right in,” said Tyler Glenn of Indianapolis.

“I would say, compared to the last couple years, I think it’s a lot faster. I’ve waited in line a lot longer in previous years,” said Gregory Efiom of Chicago.

“We actually thought that the race had less people coming to it this year because there was so much less traffic coming through here,” said Ross Urbahns of Carmel, who also added that he hopes the old style of tearing off stubs never comes back.

Purdue University students researched entrance line speeds at the 2013 Indy 500 and came up with the marker idea. It was tested in July 2013 at the Brickyard 400. That’s when they first noticed a difference in how fast people were able to get through lines.

The professor who helped the students said the new ticket check process not only got people inside faster, but it prevented a security concern of having so many people bunched up at the entrances who would be waiting to get inside.

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