Ringling Bros., Barnum and Bailey circus rolls into Cincinnati one final time

High operating costs, declining sales ending run
Posted at 6:02 AM, Mar 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-11 00:38:20-05

CINCINNATI -- Come one, come all for your last chance to see Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey performers as the circus rolls into the Queen City one final time at U.S. Bank Arena.

CEO Kenneth Feld of Feld Entertainment said high operating costs and the decline of ticket sales "made the circus an unsustainable business for the company" in January, meaning its 146-year run is coming to an end.

Thirteen performances run from Friday to March 19. An All Access Pre-show an hour before show time is included with any ticket purchase so guests and their families can meet the international cast of performers and get up close to their menagerie of animals.

Tickets start at $15 (while supplies last). All seats are reserved and are subject to additional fees. Tickets are available by visiting the U.S. Bank Arena box office, calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or visiting For more information, visit the circus' website here.

Performance Schedule:

Friday, March 10: 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 11: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 12: 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 16: 7 p.m.
Friday, March 17: 7p.m.
Saturday, March 18: 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Sunday, March 19: 1 p.m., 5 p.m.

More than 300 students at Chase Elementary School in Northside got a special preview Thursday as clowns, dancers, contortionists and the first-ever female ringmaster entertained them at a special assembly. 

The students at Chase Elementary School earned the assembly for having the highest local perfect attendance rate during the month of February. In addition, each student who achieved perfect attendance from all seven participating Vision 20/20 elementary schools each has earned a voucher for a free ticket. The arrangement is part of an ongoing partnership between Cincinnati Public Schools and Feld Entertainment, producers of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey.