Sad news to report this evening as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced tonight that the show will be ending this year after a 146 run.
In a letter issued on the website, Kenneth Feld, the chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment said that the tough decision was due to “the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop. This, coupled with high operating costs, made the circus an unsustainable business for the company.”
The company made the decision to retire the elephants from the show back in May of 2016. That apparently was not enough to save the show from ending.
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was created in 1919 and will come to an end at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., on May 7, 2017.
There has been recent talk that Disney may be interested in buying Feld Entertainment, but did not want to relate themselves with the Ringling name. Could the deal be coming true now that Ringling is no more? Only time will tell. Much of Feld Entertainment is already Disney branded, such as Disney on Ice