Indianapolis Motor Speedway geared up for opening day before Indianapolis 500

IMS boasts new attractions, enhanced security

INDIANAPOLIS - Expect tons of fun to go with some more security as Indianapolis Motor Speedway opens Saturday in preparation for the Indy 500.

The biggest cooler size that will be allowed into the track is 18x14x14 inches. That will be strictly enforced on race day, and coolers can't be left unattended by the fence.

On days leading up to the race, visitors will be asked to abide by the size rule, but it won't be enforced.

Doug Boles, chief operating officer at IMS, said fans are a key part of the security plan.

"The biggest thing on opening day is we're just going to ask our fans just pay attention to each other. Try to take care of each other while they're here," Boles said. "If you see something that's strange, there's plenty of guys in yellow shirts on the grounds. Just make sure you let them know, and we'll make sure security checks them out."

Aside from a zip line, IMS officials have brought in a big Twister game, a mechanical bull and a 40-foot water slide.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults. Kids 12 and under get in free. Practice and rookie orientation is noon to 6 p.m.

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