Ringling Brothers Circus Closing Down After 146 Years
Ringling Brothers Circus is closing down after 146 years in operation and will hold its final performances in May of this year, Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, announced.
Declining ticket sales and high operating costs, combined with a 14-year legal battle with animal rights groups, “made the circus an unsustainable business for the company,” said Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment. He called the move to permanently end the show a “difficult business decision” for him and his family, who purchased the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1967.
COO Juliette Felds, Feld’s daughter, said they would help employees with housing relocation, job placement and resumes. The company reportedly employs about 500 people.
The Associated Press reports that the final shows will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, on May 7 and in Uniondale, New York, at the Nassau County Coliseum on May 21.