ELLENTON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feld Entertainment Inc., parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum
& Bailey® and the world’s largest producer of
live family entertainment, announced today that the iconic 146-year-old
circus would hold its final performances later this year. Ringling
Bros.®’ two circus units will conclude
their tours with their final shows at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in
Providence, R.I., on May 7, and at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
in Uniondale, N.Y., on May 21, 2017.
The decision to end the circus tours was made as a result of high costs
coupled with a decline in ticket sales, making the circus an
unsustainable business for the company. Following the transition of the
elephants off the circus, the company saw a decline in ticket sales
greater than could have been anticipated.
“Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was the original property
on which we built Feld Entertainment into a global producer of live
entertainment over the past 50 years,” said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and
CEO of Feld Entertainment. “We are grateful to the hundreds of millions
of fans who have experienced Ringling Bros. over the years.
Between now and May, we will give them one last chance to experience the
joy and wonder of Ringling Bros.”
“This was a difficult business decision to make, but by ending the
circus tours, we will be able to concentrate on the other lines of
business within the Feld Entertainment portfolio,” said Juliette Feld,
Feld Entertainment’s Chief Operating Officer. “Now that we have made
this decision, as a company, and as a family, we will strive to support
our circus performers and crew in making the transition to new
opportunities,” she added.
Feld Entertainment’s portfolio includes Marvel Universe LIVE!, Monster
Jam, Monster Energy Supercross and Disney On Ice, among others.
The company recently announced a new partnership to produce live tours
of Sesame Street and expanded television coverage for the 2017
Monster Energy Supercross races.
Complete details on the remaining Ringling Bros. performances can
be found online at Ringling.com. Members of the media can visit www.feldmediaguides.com/outofthisworld
for visual assets.
About Feld Entertainment
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting
live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit
and create indelible memories. Feld Entertainment’s productions have
appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and
include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL
Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel
Universe LIVE! in addition to Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®.
More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.
Feld Entertainment Inc.