The 2020 version of the annual auto show hosted in Detroit has now been cancelled as the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has designated the host venue, the TCF as the Coronavirus field hospital site.
The event which was poised to move to June right after occupying a winter time slot on the International car show circuit for decades has now seen this year’s event cancelled.
The reenvisioned show, which was to include a brace of outdoor activities including ride-and-drives and self-driving car displays, will now be held in June of 2021.
The event formerly known as the North America International Auto Show or NAIAS 2020 was called off after a memo initially surfaced from the event organizers to sponsors with the event been officially shifted right off to next year, the countdown time has now been shifted to next year.
In a statement gotten by RoadShow, the Chairman of NAIAS 2020, Doug North said “We haven’t even begun to worry about the financial impact of the show… we’re completely supportive of this change, we know it’s the right thing to do… we’re just focused on making sure we can get Southeast Michigan healthy.”
According to North, NAIAS organizers were aware that FEMA had been “procuring a series of convention centers, so it [the designation of TCF Center as a field hospital] was not a surprise to us.”
Based on the fact that NAIAS was a tenant of the downtown-Detroit-based conventional facility, the organizers of the event weren’t directly contacted by the FEMA but the development was learnt through the TCF authorities on Friday.
According to the Detroit Free Press, FEMA has designated that the overflow hospital conversion be in place “for at least six months.”
Another report was that of the Manhattan’s Javits Center where the New Yorj Auto Show is hosted got converted into a 2,000-bed temporary hospital to house coronavirus patients.
Earlier in March, it was announced that the New York show had been postponed from early April until August.
According to North, “Our whole exec team is still intact — we’re going to move the ball forward another 12 months and continue to try to make the best show we can.”
Another follow-up statement issued by the NAIAS organizers confirmed that “All tickets purchased for the 2020 NAIAS show, including tickets for the Public Show, Industry Preview and Charity Preview will be fully refunded.” Those who purchased charity gala tickets can receive a refund or designate the proceeds be funneled to one of nine charities.
This isn’t the first or second of the case of car related events getting cancelled this year or postponed towards the end of the year. On Thursday, IndyCar also announced it was planning to move it’s legendart Indianapolis 500 race from Memorial Day Weekend until August 23.