The 2020 WGI World Championships for Color Guard, Percussion, and Winds have been canceled due to public health concerns over coronavirus.
WGI Sport of the Arts has canceled the 2020 WGI World Championships for Color Guard, Percussion, and Winds, scheduled in Dayton during April over coronavirus concerns.
Over 16,000 participants from 41 states and five countries were expected to travel to Dayton for the event in early April. WGI has called Dayton home for decades while bringing in 20 million dollars to the Miami Valley economy every year.
Read the full statement from WGI Sport of the Arts:
At the direction of Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health, and in consultation with the Ohio Department of Health, and Governor DeWine, WGI Sport of the Arts is canceling the 2020 WGI World Championships for Color Guard, Percussion, and Winds.
The numbers involved in an event of this magnitude urge caution in light of recent national and international health concerns. Over nine days of competition, groups from 41 states and five countries would travel with over 16,000 participants.
While we are deeply saddened to cancel these prestigious events, our priority is, and always has been the health and well-being of all those involved with our organization.
Creating opportunities for young people is the foundation of WGI. The world championships are the culmination of a competitive season and this will mark the first time in 43 years this tradition of excellence will be interrupted by an unprecedented situation.
We are grateful for the support and guidance of Dayton & Montgomery County Public Health as well as Greene, Hamilton, and Campbell counties in arriving at a decision in the best interest of all parties.
Although it’s true the 2020 WGI World Championships will not take place as we hoped, WGI as an organization will continue our mission - to provide a venue for young people to achieve the extraordinary through performance and competition.
Over the coming weeks WGI will be working to untangle the complexities of this situation and we appreciate your patience and understanding. More information on WGI Regionals will be forthcoming.
Entry fees - WGI will offer all groups registered for the 2020 World Championships a credit to be used towards any 2021 event entry fee, or a full refund issued upon request.
Backside ticket orders - Full refunds will be processed within the next 30 days and/or those invoices will be voided if currently unpaid.
WGI organized practice facilities - Full refunds will be processed within the next 30 days and/or those invoices will be voided if currently unpaid.
All spectator tickets - We will be announcing refund plans within the next 48 hours.