Monday, April 18, 2011

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey present BARNUM 200

Ladies and Gentlemen…Children Of All Ages… The Greatest Show On Earth just got Greater with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents BARNUM 200. Featuring 130 performers from six continents, almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates, and mermaids, BARNUM 200 is a super-sized spectacle so massive you just can’t miss it!

This monumental, once in a lifetime event celebrates The Biggest Birthday Bash in Circus History that can only be experienced at The Greatest Show On Earth, Barnum’s living legacy!
Ringmaster Johnathan Lee Iverson invites the audience to leap aboard the Ringling Bros. Express and go on a family FUNtastic adventure to meet exotic characters and witness thrilling performances that attempt to answer “What special wonders create The Greatest Show On Earth?”

Step right up and see the Flying Caceres attempt to complete the elusive quadruple somersault on the flying trapeze; a feat that hasn’t been mastered in over three decades. Watch the Puyang Troupe from China dazzle with a stunning display of dexterity as they bounce, flip, and twirl to new heights on a two tiered trampoline. Be amazed as you witness the impossible contortions of the body benders who fit three humans in a cube the size of a milk crate. Enjoy the wondrous ability of the Mighty Metal, the strongest man in the world as he lifts over 1,200 pounds. And savor the stupendous skills of the hand balancers featuring Duo Fusion, a married pair of performers with a twist; the wife does the heavy lifting.

The thrills continue as you cast your eyes above at the Sky High Ice Gliders who take the high wire to new extremes and in new directions, from horizontal to nearly vertical, combining intricate acrobatic skills and extreme agility as they execute flips, perform splits, and even walk while balancing their partners on their head. Rev up the energy as the Torres Family blast around inside a 16-foot diameter steel globe with seven motorcycles at speeds up to 65-miles an hour with only inches to spare between them in The Spherical Miracle.

In addition to treasured Asian elephants, the most of any circus in North America, BARNUM 200 features a dazzling array of exotic animals you cannot see together anywhere else including horses, ponies, llamas, Pygmy and Nubian goats, tigers and even a rare Watusi.
So get your ticket today and hop on board the Ringling Bros. Express at BARNUM 200 for an un-miss-able, colossal, historic extravaganza.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at 11:00 AM
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Ticket Pricing:

Circus Celebrity: $68
Front Row: $41
VIP: $30
Opening Night Special: $12 for all seating excluding the top 3 ticket prices.

Scouts save for the Friday at 7:00 PM Performance!
Contact or call 616-742-6185 for additional details.
Discount expires: Sept. 8, 2011.

Groups of 10 or more save $4 per ticket on the Friday at 7:00 PM performance as well as the Saturday at 11 AM & 7:00 PM performances for the $30, $25, $20, & $15 tickets!
Contact or call 616-742-6185.
Discount expires: Sept. 8, 2011.

Tickets go on sale April 25, 2011 at 10:00 AM. Tickets may be purchased at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices, all ticketmaster outlets, online at, or charge by phone at 1.800.745.3000.