Detroit Auto Show canceled; TCF Center to be turned into field hospital

Darnell Taylor
March 31, 2020

The 2021 NAIAS public show will be held from June 19 to 26, 2021, with the Motor Bella being scheduled for June 11 to June 14, 2021.

The 2020 Detroit Auto Show, scheduled for June, was canceled Saturday, and its venue will be converted into a field hospital as the coronavirus pandemic increasingly devastates MI.

People crowd around the new Lincoln MKX Crossover vehicle as it makes its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show on January 13, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan.

The news comes with the announcement that the Federal Emergency Management Administration chose the TCF Center to become a field hospital for COVID-19 cases for at least six months.

The Army Corps District Detroit said in the release it has performed 15 site visits on locations nominated by the state as alternate care facilities, including TCF Center, the Detroit Pistons Performance Center and two dormitories at Wayne State University.

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"One of the hallmarks of NAIAS since the very beginning has been our commitment to being socially responsible", Alberts said. Our ideas proceed to be with these whose lives have been impacted by this devastating virus. The US is now ahead of China and Italy in coronavirus positive cases and MI - the state where Detroit is in - currently has 5,486 cases with 132 deaths. "And, we support the city and state's mission to help preserve life in the face of this challenging situation".

2020 NAIAS Chairman Doug North, who will act as Chairman of the 2021 NAIAS, expressed the show's gratitude to all of its stakeholders.

"We are proud to work hand-in-hand with our partners at FEMA and the state of MI and leverage our engineering expertise to help save lives", said Lt. Col. Gregory Turner, district engineer, USACE, Detroit District.

Ford, which would have filled a big role in the auto show this year, issued a statement saying they supported the decision to postpone. The NAIAS ticket office will be in contact with all ticket holders.

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