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Ringling Bros Circus Legends Tampa Tickets

Ringling Bros Circus Legends Tampa Tickets

The Schedule:

Get ready to see the red-hot show Ringling Bros Circus Legends in the eclectic city of Tampa, Florida! This spellbinding circus has been entertaining fans of all ages for more than 100 years. Barnum and Bailey is a thrilling show for both children and adults, treating its audience to dazzling feats, animal tricks, groups of clowns, and other exciting surprises in cities all across the globe, creating an adventurous experience you won't want to miss out on!

The circus launched back in the 19th century, and the first recorded circus show was held in 1871. The show has been a phenomenal success ever since, and its popularity only dwindled slightly during the Great Depression. When that period ended, the circus bounced back easily, and fans never forgot what made the show so much fun to watch. This circus attracts performers from all across the globe, and tickets to see the show sell faster than those for many big-time theater shows. Bring the whole family to spend the day under a big top, watching awe-inspiring trapeze artists fly through the air and magicians perform a string of clever tricks.

In 2014, the show will be performed at Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, FL through Jan. 4-5. Here's your chance to see The Greatest Show on Earth complete with lion tamers, elephants, clowns, acrobats, and much more. So what are you waiting for? Book your circus tickets today so you can be a part of all the action!

The Experience:

Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus has been delivering topnotch family entertainment since 1919. Legends is the latest incarnation of circus entertainment presented to you by the Ringling Brothers franchise, and has been wowing audiences at every stop of its tour! Book your tickets through StubHub and enjoy a night of entertainment for people of all ages!


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is an American circus company billed as The Greatest Show on Earth. The company was launched in 1919 when the circus created by James Anthony Bailey and P. T. Barnum was merged with the Ringling Brothers Circus.


The Ringling Brothers bought the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1907, but ran the circuses separately until they were finally merged in 1919. In 1957, John Ringling North began holding circuses at venues, such as sports stadiums that had the seating already in place, instead of at portable tents. In 1967, Irvin Feld bought the circus, but he sold it to Mattel in 1971. He bought it back in 1982.

In 1875, Dan Castello and William Cameron Coup convinced Barnum to lend his name and financial backing to the circus they had already created in Delavan, Wisconsin. It was called "P.T. Barnum's Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Hippodrome." The name "Greatest Show on Earth" was added later.

Independently of Castello and Coup, James Anthony Bailey had teamed up with James E. Cooper to conceive the Cooper and Bailey Circus in the 1860s. The Cooper and Bailey Circus soon became Barnum's main competitor, exhibiting "Columbia," the first baby elephant ever born in the United States. She was born in March 1880 in Philadelphia, to "Babe" and "Mandarin." Barnum tried to buy the elephant. They later agreed to combine their shows in 1881. In 1882, the combined "Barnum & Bailey Circus" was successful with acts including Jumbo, advertised as the world's largest elephant. Barnum died in 1891, after which Bailey bought the circus from his widow. Bailey kept touring across the eastern United States until he took his circus to Europe. That tour began on December 27, 1897 and lasted until 1902.

In 1884, five of the seven Ringling brothers had launched a small circus around the same time that Barnum & Bailey were at the peak of their popularity. Much like dozens of small circuses that toured the Midwest and the Northeast at the time, the Ringlings moved their circus from town to town in small animal-drawn caravans. Their circus grew at a rapid pace, and they were soon able to move their circus by train, which allowed them to have the largest traveling amusement enterprise of that time. Bailey's European tour provided the Ringling brothers with an opportunity to move their show from the Midwest to the eastern seaboard. Faced with the new competition, Bailey took his show west of the Rocky Mountains for the first time in 1905. He died the next year and the circus was sold to the Ringling Brothers.

The Ringlings bought out the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1907 and oversaw the circuses separately until 1919. By that time, Charles Edward Ringling and John Nicholas Ringling were the only remaining brothers of the five who served as founders of the circus. They decided that it was too complicated to manage the two circuses independently, so on March 29, 1919, "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows" made its debut in New York City. Charles E. Ringling died in 1926, but the circus prospered throughout the Roaring Twenties era.

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