Feld Entertainment lays off 90% of its employees

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

The world is going through a extremely tough time with the coronavirus, also known as the COVID-19, crisis. Many people are hurting financially, because they have lost jobs, or had their work reduced due to the infectious disease. 

According to Fox 13, Feld Entertainment put 90% of its employees in a tough spot. They have been laid off. 

Grave Digger Monster Truck driver Tyler Menniga celebrating his fourth straight Triple Threat Series East Championship
Tyler Menniga celebrating his fourth straight Triple Threat Series East Championship (Photo by Monster Jam)

The employees received severance letters after arriving for work on Friday. Fox 13 is reporting that many of those, who were laid off, were entertainers, which could include Monster Jam drivers. 

Approximately 900 to 1,200 people were impacted by the news on Friday. 

This comes as the sports world has been shut down, including many of their events. Their website says, “Feld Entertainment is making adjustments to its tour schedules.” 

“Over the past few weeks, the world has been racing to contain the spread of COVID-19 outbreak,” Senior Vice President of Global Communications Stephen C. Yaros said. “This has resulted in unprecedented and widespread government-mandated closures of public gatherings that has forced us to shut down all Feld Entertainment tours. Although we hope to resume operations soon, there is no assurance of when that will happen. Therefore, we had to make difficult decisions to reduce the size of our workforce through companywide layoffs.” 

Besides operating Monster Jam, the company also operates Disney on Ice, Jurassic World Live. It previously operated the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, before that shut down in 2018. 

All of Monster Jam’s events are postponed through an event at The Broadmoor World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado from April 24-26. On their website, people can even buy tickets for the World Finals at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on May 2-3, but this event may also be canceled. 

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