Ringling Bros Circus Circus Xtreme Pittsburgh Tickets
Circus Xtreme is one of two different traveling circuses produced by the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Circus Xtreme takes traditional circus to the next level with a variety of performances and acts that will leave audiences thrilled. The circus’ incredible spinning wheel will have the daredevil grappling with the power of centrifugal force and defying the power of gravity, all while way up in the air. The BMX bicycle riders, in their exciting freestyle performance, zip, jump and spin about the arena’s floor, seemingly take flight off the end of the ramp.
The high-wire troupe and the aerialists will seem to fly through the air, walk on air or just hover, high above the floor before your very eyes. Excite to the fantastic animals that will jump, leap and dance. See camels, tigers, dogs and more. Then there’s the amazing Human Cannonball, the hilarious clowns and the master of ceremonies himself, the Ringmaster.
Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus
On the long road leading back to just after the American Civil War, several circuses began popping up and traveling the country. They had different names: Cooper & Bailey, and P.T. Barnum’s Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan and Hippodrome, as they traversed the years. The Ringling Bros. Circus was always just that. Merge after merge winnowed the field of competitors until, by early in the 20th century, there was only one circus.
Barnum joined with Bailey 1882. The Ringling Bros bought Barnum & Bailey’s venture in 1906 but kept the circuses distinct from each other. In 1919, the two merged into one, each bringing a variety of exciting circus innovations to the table. From the 1870s, the circus traveled by train and not horse-drawn wagons. They added the second and third rings so larger audiences could see the acts. The growing popularity of the indoor sports arena allowed the move out from under the big top tent and into a permanent building for performances. Finally, the circus chose to retire the performing elephants, ending a more than one-hundred-year circus tradition.
The CONSOL Center is a multi-use arena, which opened in 2010. It is home to the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL, as well as the Arena Football League’s Pittsburgh Power.
The venue also hosts a number of concerts, large-scale shows and ice shows. Check out Musselman’s Applesauce Family Skating Tribute, with live music and skating champions.
Located right in the heart of Pittsburgh, the Center is easily reached from I-579 and I-376. There are lots and garages for parking onsite; fees apply. Many dining and lodging options are located nearby.
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