The beleaguered Woodstock 50 competition must discover a new web site: Watkins Glen Worldwide raceway introduced right this moment in a press release that it has pulled out.
In a quick assertion issued this afternoon, the raceway’s administration introduced: “Watkins Glen Worldwide terminated the location license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract. As such, WGI won’t be internet hosting the Woodstock 50 Pageant.”
Particulars have been unclear and reps for the raceway didn’t instantly reply to Selection’s requests for remark; a rep for the competition stated a press release shall be forthcoming.
Tim O’Hearn, administrator for Schuyler County (the place the raceway is positioned), stated in a press release: “This comes as a serious disappointment to us in that we regarded ahead to internet hosting this iconic occasion in our neighborhood. Whereas right this moment’s announcement is tough to soak up, it’s not fully sudden, given the well-publicized delays associated to this deliberate occasion. We commend Watkins Glen Worldwide for his or her actions, which we really feel are within the general greatest curiosity of the neighborhood.”
The announcement is the newest in a protracted sequence of setbacks for the anniversary competition, which is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 16-18 and has been marred by stories of economic and administration issues because it was introduced again in January. Whereas these stories have been initially quashed when the competition held a splashy press convention in March saying a blockbuster lineup together with Jay-Z, the Lifeless & Co., Miley Cyrus and plenty of others, however then the ticket on-sale date was abruptly postponed as the mandatory mass-gathering allow had not been obtained, after which the competition’s monetary companion, Dentsu Aegis, abruptly pulled out late in April. Woodstock 50 and Dentsu have been embroiled in a authorized battle ever since.
Practically two months out from the competition’s scheduled dates, tickets nonetheless haven’t gone on sale. O’Hearn advised Selection that the competition’s allow utility was acquired months later than different festivals held on the raceway; tickets for such occasions are often on-sale many months prematurely.
All through, chief organizer Michael Lang, one of many promoters of the unique 1969 competition, has insisted it would go ahead. However with the broadly publicized challenges the competition has confronted, and few accessible websites within the space able to internet hosting a weekend live performance of upward of 70,000 followers — which is the newest estimate the competition offered to Watkins Glen administration — this newest setback appears powerful to beat.