Grand Nationals Spectator Guide

Grand Nationals Spectator Guide

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Thank you for choosing to attend the 2018 Bands of America Grand National Championships, presented by Yamaha, Thursday, November 8 - Saturday, November 10 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Please review the information below as it may help you plan your trip to Indianapolis. We hope that all of our spectators, performers, directors, and volunteers have a positively life-changing experience while at Grand Nationals!

Ticket Information

Tickets can be purchased on-site at the Northeast Ticket Office of Lucas Oil Stadium Thursday- Saturday of Grand Nationals. Will-call tickets and media credentials may be picked up at the South Ticket Office. Spectator entry will be at the East Gate of the Stadium for Prelims and Semi-Finals, and at the North Gate for Finals Competition. If you wish to purchase your tickets in advance you may still do so at Tickets to the Indianapolis Marching Band Tournament on Wednesday can be purchased at the Northwest Ticket Office.



A limited amount of spectator parking is available in the South lot of Lucas Oil Stadium. Access the spectator parking lot traveling South on Capitol Avenue.

Accessible parking spaces are located in the South lot of the Stadium via the Missouri Street Gate 3 parking lot entrance.

Parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

A drop-off/pick-up location is available along Capitol Ave. outside of the Colts Team Store.

Additional spaces surround the stadium in various lots and parking garages. A map of parking and prices for area lots is available online at

BOA does not operate, guarantee access to, or control the pricing of these lots. Plan to arrive early to allow plenty of time to park, buy tickets and enter the Stadium.


Coming soon! Visit the Grand National Championships page to see the performing bands.

Lucas Oil Stadium Safety Guidelines

From a safety and security perspective, fans should observe the following:

Students, parents, directors, and fans should be advised that nothing larger than a small personal handbag, subject to inspection, will be permitted inside the Stadium (through the main gates). Items specifically prohibited inside the Stadium are listed below. Failure to comply with these requirements may result in denial of admission to the stadium.

Fans are advised to arrive early to avoid congestion at the gates. Gates and gate open times are listed on the daily schedule.

Fans and participants may not bring the following items into the Stadium:

Video and Audio Recorders
Liquor Containers
Food and Beverages
Large Purses
Balloons (Helium)
Fanny packs
Air Horns
Missile-like objects

Bands of America strictly prohibits the presence of weapons on Lucas Oil Stadium property during the event. Bands of America will provide a qualified medical staff, and they will be located on the field and concourse for any major problems that might arise. Find the nearest uniformed Lucas Oil Stadium staff member, a BOA volunteer or BOA staff member for immediate assistance.


 Lucas Map
From the North (Chicago)
I-65 South to West Street, Exit 114. Head South on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive/West Street.
Turn left (east) on McCarty Street.

From the South (Louisville)
I-65 North to I-70 West to West Street, Exit 79A. Head north on West Street/Missouri.
Turn right (east) on McCarty Street.

From the East (Ohio)
I-70 West to I-65 North to West Street, Exit 114. South on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive/West St.
Turn left (east) on McCarty Street.

From the West (Illinois)
I-70 East to West Street, Exit 79A. Head North on West Street/Missouri.
Turn right (east) on McCarty Street.

From the Northeast (Ft. Wayne/Detroit)
I-69 South to I-465 South, to I-70 West to I-65 North, to West Street, Exit 114.
South on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive/West Street.
Turn left (east) on McCarty Street.

From the Southeast (Cincinnati)
I-74 West to I-465 South, to I-65 North to I-70 West, to West Street, Exit 79A.
North on West/Missouri Street.
Turn right (east) on McCarty Street.

Hotel Accommodations

Fans can also make hotel reservations directly through our BOA Housing Bureau that the participating bands use to secure rooms at the lowest block prices. Use the link below to make your reservations.

The Super Regional and Grand National housing bureaus are part of the resources that enable MFA to provide national programs like our Bands of America Championships. All competing bands and their booster groups utilizing hotel accommodations for their stay during the BOA Grand National and BOA Super Regional Championships are REQUIRED to make their housing reservations through the Bands of America Housing Bureau. The Housing Bureau has been set up to secure enough hotel rooms at the lowest block prices to accommodate all bands' needs for the event.

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Jackson, 317-635-4755 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here to make your hotel reservations.

Visit Indy

Visit Indy has a wonderful guide to restaurants and other activites you can partake in as a tourist in the downtown area. Visit their website to learn more!