By: Tanner Watkins
March 12, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Another domino has fallen in the wide-reaching Coronavirus pandemic of 2020. The Mayor of Long Beach, Robert Garcia, has announced that all “large-scale events” in Long Beach, California have been canceled through April 2020 – including IndyCar’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.
The news was announced by the Mayor’s office on Thursday and confirmed on the Mayor’s official Twitter account, shown below.
Announcement from the City of Long Beach and Mayor Garcia:— Mayor Robert Garcia (@LongBeachMayor) March 12, 2020
Long Beach Cancels All Large Scale Events Through April 2020
Cancellation will Affect Beach Streets, Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach and Others
The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach has taken place for the last 45 years. It is the city’s most popular event and is attended by approximately 180,000 people annually.— Mayor Robert Garcia (@LongBeachMayor) March 12, 2020
The City looks forward to working with Grand Prix Association of Long Beach as well as other promoters to find solutions for holding their events at a later date as the situation warrants.— Mayor Robert Garcia (@LongBeachMayor) March 12, 2020
In recent days, reports began to surface that while the event was being planned as normally as possible, the Southern California street race was in jeopardy.
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of multiple league-wide suspensions and cancellations that have affected the NBA, NHL, MLB, NCAA, and racing organizations across the world – including the NTT IndyCar Series and NASCAR.
This weekend, IndyCar will move forward with the season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, but without fans in attendance and a condensed schedule.
INDYCAR has yet to release a statement on the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, and we will update this story as more information is released.
Header image by Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR.