SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WISH) - Hundreds of thousands turned out at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday.
Later, thousands showed up to a sold-out Pacer game at Banker's Life Fieldhouse.
Officials say there was increased security at both events, in the wake of the Boston bombings and other events across the world.
At IMS, coolers and bags were checked with a new procedure; coolers needed to be a certain width and height.
The heightened safety measures made for long lines at pedestrian gates.
Some told 24-Hour News 8 they waited an hour to get in.
"When we stepped into the line, there was a huge, huge line trying to get in," said fan Daniel Polak.
Some were mad, worried they would miss the start of the race, but most said they understood.
"It's worth it," said Polak, who said he didn't mind.
"Yes, it took us longer to get in, but I have no problem with that as long as it keeps us safe," said Nathan Riley.
"We had to do that. This place is the largest event in the country today. Safeguarding, make sure people have a great time. We have to go through each one of the coolers to make sure there's nothing inappropriate in it," said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Rick Hite.
"I know it does slow some things down, but it's better to be safe," said Chief Gary Coons with Indianapolis' Division of Homeland Security. "Everybody can enjoy the event, and not worry about getting hurt, or somebody hurting them."
IMS officials say they'll be looking over their procedures.
Doug Boles, with IMS Communications, said lines were relatively normal for the first few hours, but did get congested.
He said they'll review the situation immediately to determine how to speed up entry to the facility at future events.
"This is a situation that will get our full attention so that we can make sure we correct it for our fans in order to provide them with the experience they expect and deserve," he added in an email.
The heightened law enforcement presence was everywhere at IMS, in every mode of transportation.
Police say they checked many unattended bags that people called in about.
"We're checking them out pretty rapidly and effectively," added Coons.
And after a safe Indy 500, there was no time to breathe for police - or fans - for that matter.
"Six a.m. at the track, now all the way here to the Pacers game. It's awesome. Best things in Indy," said fan Alex Purcell.
Police were outside of the game as fans were on their way in.
Homeland Security Chief Coons stood outside the Pacer game as well, watching over the action.
"I feel safe in Indy. Indy's a good city," added Purcell.
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