BTS: Big Hit Entertainment Announces the Group’s North American Concerts Are Postponed Due to Coronavirus
On March 26, Big Hit Entertainment announced that BTS’s North American concerts for their Map of the Soul Tour will be postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The North American leg of the tour was previously set to begin in Santa Clara, Calif. on April 25 and April 26 at Levi’s Stadium.
BTS’s North American concerts are postponed
In a Weverse announcement made on March 26, Big Hit Entertainment let fans know the North American concerts for the Map of the Soul Tour are postponed and will be rescheduled. All tickets already bought for the concerts will be honored for the new dates.
The full announcement reads:
Hello. This is Big Hit Entertainment. We would like to inform you that there will be some adjustments to the upcoming BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR- NORTH AMERICA schedule in order to make sure that we put the safety of everyone involved first and foremost.
The BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR – NORTH AMERICA, originally scheduled to take place from April 25th to June 6th, will be rescheduled to a later date. All tickets will be honored for the new dates. Information on new show dates will be shared as soon as possible.
We are closely monitoring and following the guidance of all local governments regarding public events to ensure we are providing a safe environment for everyone involved as we continue to update our tour plans. We will share additional information regarding these new concert dates shortly.
We ask for your further patience and understanding as we continue to work to bring you the best and safest concert experience as soon as we can.
BTS’s opening concerts in Seoul were canceled
On Feb. 28, Big Hit Entertainment released an announcement for BTS fans on Weverse explaining that the opening concerts in Seoul on April 11, April 12, April 18, and April 19 were cancelled.
The announcement read, “Hello. This is Big Hit Entertainment. We regret to announce that the BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR – SEOUL Concert, originally scheduled to be held on April 11 (Sat), 12 (Sun), 18 (Sat) and 19 (Sun) at OLYMPIC STADIUM, has been cancelled.”
“The Plans for ‘MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR – SEOUL’ included the involvement of a number of global production companies and a large group of expert international crew, with over 200,000 concertgoers expected to attend. However, the current global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has made it impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak during the dates of the concert in April, alongside increasing uncertainty about the cross-border movement of concert staff and equipment,” the announcement continued.
Refunds were made available for BTS fans who already purchased tickets for the concerts in Seoul.
Big Hit Entertainment is working to reschedule the Seoul concerts
Two days before announcing BTS’s North American concerts are postponed, Big Hit Entertainment issued another announcement to ARMY. In the Weverse announcement, Big Hit Entertainment let fans know the company foresaw having to make changes to the tour schedule due to coronavirus.
“Any cancellations or rescheduling will be based on a policy of full cooperation with the guidance and directives of national and local governments and concert venues to ensure the health and safety of everyone. We are making every effort to proceed with the planned performances where possible, however, details on any changes will be provided separately for each region,” said Big Hit Entertainment.
The company also alerted fans that the Seoul concerts are in the process of being rescheduled.
“We are also developing plans to secure dates and venues to hold BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR – SEOUL Concerts when the situation stabilizes. We ask for your understanding as we continue to strive to deliver a new and better-than-ever experience for the BTS MAP OF THE SOUL TOUR to all of our fans who have undoubtedly been disappointed by recent cancellations,” read the announcement.