NIGA Releases New Statement on its Indian Gaming 2020 Tradeshow in San Diego

The largest gathering of Tribal leaders and casino executives in the country, the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, previously slated to take place March 24-27, at the San Diego Convention Center (pictured), has been postponed. 

(Article updated March 12 to reflect NIGA’s postponement of the 2020 Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention) 

California Governor Gavin Newsom issued a new executive order Thursday in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, requiring the cancellation of large gatherings of more than 250 people. 

READ MORE: Confronting Coronavirus: Economic Implications Across Indian Country 

The National Indian Gaming Association Board of Directors and Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr., followed suit, officially announcing on Thursday that the Association will be postponing the 2020 Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention in San Diego, originally scheduled for March 24-27.

At an emergency meeting held yesterday, the Board of Directors of the National Indian Gaming Association voted unanimously to postpone the event.

In addition to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order, the NIGA Board of Directors’ decision was also driven by the overwhelming critical safety concerns voiced by many Tribal governments and the gaming industry.

National Indian Gaming Association Chairman, Ernie Stevens, Jr., stated: “The health and safety of our tribal gaming attendees are of paramount concern and postponing the Indian Gaming Tradeshow, for now, is the safest course of action. Our Board of Directors and Association staff will work diligently on the best path forward for all impacted attendees in light of this postponement.”

The National Indian Gaming Association will provide updates as they become available regarding the next steps after postponement.

READ MORE: Ernie Stevens, Jr.: Serving Tribal Governments as the Global Face of Indian Gaming 

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