Date of Award

Spring 2015

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

James E. Dietz

Committee Chair

James E. Dietz

Committee Member 1

Thomas Dolan

Committee Member 2

Eric T. Matson

Committee Member 3

Dennis R. Depew


Undeniable shifts in how public events are conducted with regard to security have occurred since the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. Increased security requirements are a product of the paradigm shift in security for Mega-Event locations. This study examined the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Mega-Event status events, with specific focus on the 2013, Indianapolis 500 automobile race. The objective was to study the phenomenon of pedestrian flow as it related to entry gate procedures and resulting impacts. This data was then used to compile modeling scenarios employing AnyLogic computer software that allowed for free-agent, variable play to replicate the conditions of the security processing. Through manipulation of agent variables the researcher was able to determine the optimal pedestrian throughput under maximum load conditions. This data was therefore used to identify the processing time standard required in order for security personnel to achieve steady-state flow, which allowed for adequately conducted security checks, and reduction of patron wait times.