The Ringling Brothers circus is coming to town in January. Now, before I even start… I need to say that I know a lot of people who were disappointed in the 2007 Ringling show. I will address that in a moment.
The 2008 show comes to town to Bobcats Arena from Wednesday, January 30 to Sunday, February 3 (2 to 3 shows per day) and tickets go on sale Friday, December 21st. The tour that is coming is the “Red Tour”. Tickets range from $15 to $100 (most are $15 and $24 … the high prices are in the first 3 rows). Click here for the schedule and click here to see the seating chart at Bobcats arena (then scroll down to this event).
This past year, in early 2007, the Gold Tour is the tour that came to town and it was at Cricket Arena. The Gold tour is truck-based and the Red & Blue tours are train based. The Gold tour was a more “intimate” (smaller) one-ring circus and as I said above, many people were disappointed. It had fewer animals which was a big complaint. They also did not have the Parade of Animals (free fun!) this past year because they animals came in via truck rather than train. I will assume that there will be a Parade of Animals this year from the train station to the arena.
I have not been to this circus (at least not since I was little) so I encourage people who have been to comment below, and please be sure to specify which tour you saw and how old your children were. I will send a reminder about tickets a few days before they go on sale and I will summarize the comments you all send. Thanks!