We saw this coming, and unfortunately today it actually happened: the Seattle Governor just announced at 10:23 Pacific Time today a ban that prohibits all gatherings or events of 250 or more people in an attempt to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. This announcement goes into effect immediately and we are not sure if the events will be able to take place without spectators. If so, it will put FELD—the promoters of Monster Energy Supercross and the upcoming Seattle SX—and other large Seattle area event promoters and local sports teams in the unenviable position of deciding whether to cancel their events or to run them without spectators.
On Saturday night, we posted an article that talked about the Seattle SX being in trouble and FELD sent us this response when we asked them what their thoughts were on the evolving coronavirus outbreak situation in Seattle “Thank you for contacting us,” FELD said in an email to MotoXAddicts. “Monster Energy Supercross is currently scheduled to proceed as planned. The health and safety of everyone attending the event is our priority, and we are monitoring the situation closely with the staff at CenturyLink Field, as well as the local authorities. Kindly check the ticketing website, Ticket Master – CenturyLink Field for updates.”
Update: FELD has canceled the 2020 Seattle SX
We expect to see more of these large event bans in the very near future in other major US cities as more testing is becoming more readily available and more US cities begin to get a clearer view of their situations with the virus. Even before the announcement of the ban in Seattle, Santa Clara County in California [San Jose area] announced its own ban on large events and gatherings, and you can be sure this is going to get worse before it gets better.
Refund information for fans is located at http://www.centurylinkfield.com/event/monster-energy-supercross-20/.