The Paddock is a long stand in the middle and outside of the front straight, offering views of the pits
and the front straight.
Seats in the middle sections have a view of the finish line and the winner's circle.
There are two levels:
* Paddock Penthouse is the upper level and has a roof. It acts as a roof for most of the lower level.
In the map above, the left side is to the south. This is where the section or box numbering begins.
The Paddock ends at the far right. The vertical lines you see in the stands are aisles.
There are two sections or boxes between aisles.
|View from PADDOCK BOX
Carb Day 2005
|The 2 photos above are from the PADDOCK PRESS PENTHOUSE, which is sandwiched between the
Paddock and the Penthouse. These photos were taken at the 2009 Brickyard 400 by Andy J.
Start / Finish Line
|The paddock was originally built in 1911; it became a steel-and-concrete
structure in 1946. The current version was built as a double-decker section
in 1961, enlarged in 1977 and renovated from 1995 to 1998 and again in
2016, when the roof was raised on the Penthouse and another tier was
added along with stadium seats and elevators.
|The photo above shows what a section of the Paddock looks like
after the remodel of the Penthouse level in 2016.
The 3-row tier at the top is completely new.
(Click photo for larger photo)
Rows A - F
The front rows that have no support struts to block sight lines.
These rows are in the sun early in the day.
Fat support beams may partially block view.
An upper 3-row tier which may contain even further sight line disruptions.
A small section below the Penthouse that does NOT extend the entire length of
the Paddock. It simply two rows of folding metal chairs. The press box is very
Rows B - T
Rows AA - VV
Ground Level sidewalk for wheelchairs.
Front lower rows, divided into BOXES, not protected from rain,
but will be in shade later in the afternoon.
Rear higher rows, divided into SECTIONS. Protected from rain.
Only top half protected from sun in morning.
The Paddock is highlighted in orange
Photo and notes from when I sat in these stands:
Formula 1 U.S. Grand Prix - 2001 , 2003 , 2006
INDY 500 Carb Day - 2006 , 2015 , 2018 , 2023 ,
INDY 500 Qualifying - 2001 ,
2006 Indy 500, 2001 F1, 2003 F1 , 2006 F1
Paddock Press Penthouse
2001 Indy 500 Qualifying
* Elevator access
* Bathrooms and concession stands
* Wheel chairs accessible
* Stadium-style chairs.
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|View from the PADDOCK PENTHOUSE
Carb Day 2005
Stand Features: Aluminum bleachers. Sections have backrests, Boxes do not.
|Lower section of PADDOCK PENTHOUSE
No Obstructions - Carb Day 2023
|Upper section of PADDOCK PENTHOUSE
There are some support beams - 2023
Looking Right - Carb Day 2023
Looking Left - Carb Day 2023