Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shutting down this year Share:Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Posted in Surrounding Areas on January 15, 2017 by Staff Report Photo courtesy Feld Entertainment . Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus will conclude its final show on May 21, 2017 before shutting the circus down.ELLENTON, FLORIDA — 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. You may also be interested in readingTexas House passes $4.9 billion tax cut packageGovernor Abbott signs $4 billion tax relief billPresident finally orders flags at half-staff to honor Chattanooga victimsRepresentative Wray announces 84th Legislative staffThe Castle of the Doomed brings fear & desolation to Screams 2015Texas outlines requirements for Blue BellBill to repeal Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood headed to President’s deskTexas Attorney General launches investigation into Planned ParenthoodTexas eliminates taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood providersRep. John Wray releases statement on Planned Parenthood video ← Ferris man receives 150 years in prison for sexually assaulting babysitterCOLUMN: Weather knowledge could mean life or death → You must log in to post a comment.