Toronto Spring Expo Postponed Due to COVID-19, The National Pressing Forward
The 2020 Toronto Spring Expo was supposed to kick off on May 1, a month from today. Collectors from all parts of Canada and some travelling up from the United States were going to converge at Mississauga’s International Centre. But, just like pretty much everything in the past couple of weeks, plans have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Spring Expo won’t be running May 1-3 as planned. The show has been postponed.
In a statement posted on the show’s website, organizers said, “This was not an easy decision to make but the only one we could based on the recent shut-down of large events in Ontario as well as the closing of the Canada/US border. The safety and well-being of our fans, collectors, dealers and staff is our first priority and as such, we believe that postponing the event is the right choice.”
It’s possible the Spring Expo could morph into a special Summer Expo. Organizers are hopeful that they will be able to reschedule down the road and not have to cancel outright.
For those who pre-purchased tickets, refunds will be issued.
National Sports Collectors Convention Moving Forward
While the Toronto Spring Expo won’t be happening as scheduled, the National Sports Collectors Convention is currently still a go. The show is set to kick off on July 31 in Atlantic City.
On March 30, organizers made the following announcement, “There are no plans to cancel/reschedule the 41st National Sports Collectors Convention at this time. We will continue to listen to Federal and State Guidelines before making a decision regarding what steps to take next. Alternative plans are being addressed by show management should the original dates be deemed unsafe for our attendees and exhibitors. We will provide more information as we get closer to the event.”
The site of the show, the Atlantic City Convention Center, is going to be used as a temporary field hospital. It will be mainly for patients who haven’t been diagnosed without COVID-19.