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HayesIsMyMiddleName


Indianapolis, IN (via Toledo, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   November 21, 2014

Toledo native and Ohio State alumni. Transplanted to Indianapolis a few years ago. And yes, Hayes really is my middle name because of Woody.

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Ohio State winning the 2002 National Championship
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Orlando Pace
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Michael Redd
  • NFL TEAM: Colts
  • NBA TEAM: Pacers
  • MLB TEAM: Yankees

Recent Activity

Comment 26 Jul 2019

Literally both of these games came to mind for me.  Probably two of the best Ohio State games I've been to, along with the MSU game in 2014 too.

Outside of OSU, I was at the Sunday Night game in Indy when Peyton made his first visit as a Bronco, that was a really cool experience. 

Comment 22 May 2019

As long as your seats are on the inside of the track you can move around very easily.  If you were to sit on the outside I believe they only allow walking under the track to get to the other side during cautions but I could be wrong about that.  Only issues are its a big track so walking from one side to the other is literally a mile so you'll miss part of the race while walking around but there's various video boards you can see, especially for a replay of a crash or something.  Getting inside before 10 gives you plenty of time to just walk around and see the sights before going to your seats for all the ceremonial stuff.

Comment 22 May 2019

Look to see if there are any shuttle services to get you anywhere close to where you are going/coming.  May even want to Uber to a shuttle dropoff/pickup and then back again after the race.  That's a hassle, but your boss is right in that you won't be able to get an uber or cab anywhere near the speedway for a couple hours after the race.

Comment 22 May 2019

First things first, ARRIVE EARLY.  This is 300,000+ people coming into one area so imagine the traffic around Columbus on gameday but literally 3-4 times as much.  Traffic gets bad starting as early as 7-8am so the earlier you get to the track the better, and it is more than acceptable to be at your tailgate drinking after 6 (at 6 they shoot off a cannon to let you know the gates are open and wake everyone in the sleeping areas).  Also stock up on alcohol and a cooler Saturday night, Indiana finally has Sunday alcohol sales but not until noon on Sundays so that won't help you at all on race day.

Never had a parking pass so can't speak to that, but every house in the neighborhood sells parking in their yards and its always worked great for us.  Again the earlier you get there the better choices you have (find the ones who rented porta pottys for their guests), and just make sure they have a plan not to park you in but most do a good job with that.

Also have always sat in the infield so can't help with seating, besides bring good sunscreen or hat cause there's little to no escape from the sun in the seats.  As for the infield, turn 3 is the party area where the real heavy drinking and partying goes on, but it's crowded and you have to get there overnight to be in line for a great spot.  Turn 4 is a little more relaxed and has better views to actually watch some of the race, but can still get plenty of drinking in there too.  No matter where you sit a walk over to turn 3 just to see it all is worth it during the middle of the race in my eyes.

Lastly either be prepared to race out of there as soon as it ends to beat some of the traffic, or bring supplies to tailgate after the race.  We've been able to sneak out immediately after the race the last few years and got home quick, but if you wait too long all of the chartered buses start coming through and they block up everything around the track for quite a while.

Any other specific questions let me know, this is the first year since 2010 I'm going to voluntarily miss it (missed twice when my wife was 9 months pregnant with each of our kids).

Comment 18 Jul 2018

BGSU undergrad and OSU masters degree, so I'm a little bit of both.  Can't say either affected my fandom as far as the sports teams go, and don't think it should for anyone else.  Most of us like me are fans from the earliest time we can remember, not sure how you can be more of a fan than that.  I will say like others above though that my short time on campus gave me more of a love and appreciation for the university itself, however I still think it is less than friends and other people I know who spent a full 4 years there, especially living on campus.

Comment 26 Jun 2018

They have a few different big fields they use for parking that are fairly close to the stadium.  Not even sure if they sell passes ahead of time for them, but I've never had a problem with there being spots, even for OSU games.  Probably the easiest Big Ten stadium for parking that I've been to.