The North American International Auto Show, The event scheduled for June in Detroit was canceled as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread and the city is preparing to convert the TCF center into a temporary field hospital.
NAIAS takes place every year in the TCF Center, which was formerly known as the Cobo Center. The organizers said they expected the Federal Emergency Management Agency to identify the TCF center as a field hospital.
"Although we are disappointed, there is nothing more important to us than the health, safety, and well-being of the citizens of Detroit and Michigan, and we will do everything we can to help our community fight the coronavirus outbreak," said NAIAS Executive Director Rod Alberts said in an email statement.
The NAIAS is the latest in a long series of events and conventions that have been canceled as COVID-19, the coronavirus disease, has spread from China to Europe and now to the United States and the rest of the world.
More than 100 convention centers and facilities across the country are considered potential temporary hospitals. Alberts said it had become clear that the TCF center was an inevitable option to serve as a care facility.
The NAIAS, also known as the Detroit Auto Show, will take place in June 2021. The organizers are discussing plans for a fundraiser later this year to help the children's charities identified as beneficiaries of the 2020 Charity Preview event.
This year's show was eagerly awaited as it had been moved from January to summer after years of encouraging it to be scheduled in the warmer months.
All tickets purchased for the NAIAS 2020 show, including tickets for the public show, industry preview and charity preview, will be fully refunded, according to the organizers. Charity Preview ticket holders are given the option of a refund or the opportunity to donate the proceeds of their refund to one of the nine designated Charity Preview beneficiaries. According to the organizers, the NAIAS ticket office will be in contact with all ticket holders.