Events like the auto show require lots of lead time and planning. Stasiak said he doesn’t have a time frame for how far in advance the 2021 show would need to be called off, if it comes to that.
Buffalo’s auto show is one of a few held each year in New York State. Stasiak said he is reaching out to other convention centers about developing uniform health and safety protocols that all facilities would have to follow in order to host a show.
To control crowds and limit capacity, Buffalo’s show might consider selling tickets for designated blocks of time, Stasiak said. “We hope we don’t have to do that, but if that’s a contingency plan, we’ll allow for that.”
The automotive industry press has been tracking the outlook for auto shows after many of the events were canceled this year due to the pandemic. The Los Angeles Auto Show was scheduled for November but was moved to May 2021.
Detroit, which hosts the prominent North American International Auto Show, had already planned to move its show from January to June next year, to take advantage of better weather for outdoor events. Now that show has been pushed back to September. An international auto show in Geneva, Switzerland, has already called off its 2021 edition, which was planned for March.
Buffalo’s show typically draws thousands of people over its downtown run. Organizers and dealers credit the show with kick-starting consumer interest in visiting dealers’ showrooms each year.