Tribal Land-Based NIGA tradeshow postponed due to coronavirus fears March 13, 2020 By Gaming America The National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) has announced its Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Convention has been postponed due to concerns regarding the coronavirus. The decision was made during an emergency meeting between the association’s Board of Directors, who voted unanimously to postpone the event, which was scheduled to take place in San Diego on March 24-27. One of the reasons given for the postponement was California Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order addressing the states response to the virus, which advised cancelling gatherings of more than 250 people, and the overwhelming safety concerns made by several tribal governments. The coronavirus outbreak, which has reached pandemic stage, has seen more than 5,000 deaths reported out of the 140,000 worldwide cases; with sporting events, including all major leagues in the US, postponed. NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens Jr said: “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.” A new date is yet to be announced.