Ringling Bros. Final Show Sells Out

PIMPRI, INDIA - OCTOBER 17: Biju poses for a photograph before a performance on October 17, 2015 at the Rambo Circus in Pimpri, India. The Rambo Circus travels throughout India and hosts visiting circus artists from Ethiopia, Nepal, Russia, among other countries. A crackdown on the use of wild animals in the circus has led to a decline in the industry, but Rambo circus owner, Sujit Dilip, continues to attract customers with new acts and air conditioned tents. (Photo by Allison Joyce/Getty Images)

Officials with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey say the iconic traveling circus' final show at the newly renovated Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Long Island is sold out.

The owners of the "Greatest Show on Earth" have said the circus would be shutting down for good this spring after touring for nearly 150 years. The circus will be at the arena in Uniondale for 16 performances from May 12-21.

Newsday reports that seats normally selling for $23.75 in the Coliseum's upper level or $191.75 in the lower level are being offered for sale on the secondary market for as high as $2 thousand.

Officials with Feld Entertainment, the owners of the circus, say declining ticket sales coupled with high operating costs made the circus unsustainable.  In addition, owners cite protests by animal advocacy groups.  The circus eliminated elephants from its show last year.

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