Bright spots to Indy 500 face with no fans?

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSports Twitter Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Facebook (“Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, IN” by Josh Hallett, Creative Commons) It might be hard to believe, but an Indianapolis 500 without fans may come with benefits for the event.The race had already garnered a lot of attention this year with it being the first Indianapolis 500 with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway under new ownership in Roger Penske, who has made vast cosmetic improvements to the famous race track to better the fan experience.With no fans this year, fans will have to wait until next year to take in all the new improvements. Nevertheless, Chris Gahl with Visit Indy, said Penske and the IMS leadership staff made the right call in light of the coronavirus pandemic.“In the long-term, to ensure the health of the event, taking a pause this year is something we support,” Gahl said to Inside Indiana Business. “We again commend the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in being thoughtful in this approach.”Gahl is airing on the brighter side of things when it comes to the announcement. He believes a fanless Indianapolis 500 will lead to a huge local, national, and international TV and radio audience. Along with that, it will spark a bigger interest in next year’s race.“That attention will lead to demand for attending next year,” he said. “This will be a hot ticket come 2021 because it will be off the heels of the COVID pause.”Though the economic hit the city is taking now because of the lack of fans will hurt, Gahl feels the with the increased attention the race could get next year city could be in for a pretty big pay off in the long-run, should the pandemic subside by then. Google+ Twitter Bright spots to Indy 500 face with no fans? WhatsApp Google+ By Network Indiana – August 7, 2020 0 356 Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana releases mobile food distribution schedule, August 10-14Next articleTwo arrested on drug charges in Plymouth Wednesday Network Indiana Pinterestlast_img read more

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Ghana coach Appiah: Well done Nigeria & Keshi

first_imgThe Black Stars coach has congratulated Stephen Keshi and the Super Eagles on their fifth World Cup qualification after beating Ethiopia in a 4-1 aggregate play-off win.Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has patted his Nigerian colleague Stephen Keshi on the back for guiding the Super Eagles to book a 2014 World Cup ticket.Nigeria would be making their fifth World Cup appearance at Brazil 2014 after a 2-0 victory over Ethiopia (4-1 aggregate play-off win) on Saturday. They were the first African side to pick a slot before Ivory Coast and Cameroon.”Congratulations to them [Nigeria]. They have done well,” Appiah said. “He’s my friend, [Stephen] Keshi. We have always been in touch and I am really happy for them. We have become very close friends and we talk on so many issues.”The Black Stars will face off with Egypt on Tuesday in the return leg after a 6-1 first-leg victory.Appiah said Ghana would not be complacent in Cairo. “Egypt has got a very good team, no doubt about that. Even though we won, we are not going to get it easy. We are not going to sit back. We will try and get a win,” Appiah added.last_img read more

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