Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Closing After 146 Years
After 146 years, it’s the end of the road for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The iconic “Greatest Show On Earth” will come to an end.
The news was confirmed by Feld Entertainment CEO Kenneth Feld, who notes that the final show will be in May. As producer of the show, Feld explains that declining ticket sales are the cause of the closure, in addition to higher operation costs and the retirement of several elephants in the show’s roster.
“Following the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop,” Feld stated. “This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company.”
The animals in the show will go to “suitable homes”, according to a statement to AP, while the Felds will continue to run the Center for Elephant Conservation.
For more information on the final Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shows, visit the official website here.
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