UNIONDALE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Officers with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey say the long-lasting touring circus’ last present on the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Lengthy Island is bought out.
An announcement was made final week that the “Biggest Present on Earth” can be shutting down this spring after touring for almost one hundred fifty years.
The circus might be on the area in Uniondale for sixteen performances from Might 12-21.
Seats usually going for $23.seventy five within the venue’s higher degree and $191.seventy five within the decrease degree are priced on the secondary market at $245 and $2,000, respectively, for the circus’ final present, Newsday reported.
Officers with Feld Leisure, the producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, say declining ticket gross sales coupled with excessive working prices made the circus an unsustainable enterprise.
The announcement comes a yr after the group retired its eleven remaining touring elephants — a response to rising public concern for animal rights.
Feld Leisure stated once they eliminated the elephants from the present, ticket gross sales declines extra quickly than anticipated.
Animal rights teams which have publicly opposed the circus and its performing animals are applauding the choice to shutter the circus for good.
“PETA heralds the top of what has been the saddest present on earth for wild animals, and asks for all different animal circuses to comply with go well with, as this can be a signal of adjusting occasions,” animal rights group Individuals for the Moral Remedy of Animals stated in a press release.
The circus, with its unique animals, flashy costumes and demise-defying acrobats, has been a staple of leisure in the USA because the mid-1800s. Phineas Taylor Barnum made a touring spectacle of animals and human oddities in style, whereas the 5 Ringling brothers carried out juggling acts and skits from their residence base in Wisconsin. Ultimately, they merged and the fashionable circus was born. The sprawling troupes traveled round America by practice, wowing audiences with the sheer scale of leisure and unique animals.
The Feld household purchased the Ringling circus in 1967. The present was slightly below three hours then. As we speak, the present is 2 hours and seven minutes, with the longest phase — a tiger act — clocking in at 12 minutes.
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