We’re used to talking about interesting and inspiring stories from glamping Devon adventures or treehouse inventions, but an interesting story has emerged from the United States this week that we couldn’t leave unreported. A sporting event which sees more fans attending than for any other single day sporting event on the planet- the famed Indy 500. Anticipated crowds of over 350,000 are expected when the race takes place, as it always does, on Memorial Day Weekend (May 25).
For the first time in race’s near 100 year history (98 to be exact), fans can spend the holiday weekend which is up to four nights in the infield of the legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Until 2014, overnighting in this motor sport mecca was completely off limits, with the only exceptions being for the drivers and race team owners, who typically arrive in large luxury motorhomes. The organisers have allowed people to camp in a DIY style in one of the tracks car parks in the past but never on the infield area.
The new option is for sports fans to give glamping a try, possibly for the first time, in spacious accommodation they have reported in America as being ‘rectangular, safari-style tents.’ Each glamping abode is secured with a private lock and designed for sleeping with queen, twin or individual beds that includes bedding, a dining table and chairs, and access to private showers and toilets as well as an outdoor communal area with lounge seating, campfires and grilling facilities for cooking.
With any luck this may encourage more people to sway towards trying out a glamping holidays across the globe.