BTS postpones Map of the Soul North American tour due to coronavirus and fans are glad they didn't cancel it
K-pop superstars BTS have left a whole army of their fans heartbroken by announcing that they would be postponing their 2020 North American tour dates due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
The pandemic has prompted recent tour cancellations from a whole slew of big-name artistes and BTS have followed suit by making the announcement on March 26 via their management company Big Hit Entertainment and Weverse, a fan community platform. However, they did confirm that this was merely a tour leg rescheduling and not a cancellation. This means that the BTS tour tickets that had already been sold to fans would still be deemed valid for dates in the future.
BTS's much-awaited Map of the Soul tour was set to kick off from April 25 in Santa Clara, California, winding through numerous stops in the United States and Canada before ending on June 6 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Unfortunately, that will no longer happen now.
Members of the BTS ARMY, however, won't be too surprised by this announcement. They knew this day was probably coming. Big Hit Entertainment had announced changes to BTS's 2020 world tour a few days ago when they revealed that the April tour dates in Seoul were set to be rescheduled due to the Covid-19 outbreak. More changes to BTS's 2020 world tour dates are expected in the near future.
Fans took to Twitter soon after the news broke. One fan said, "I really hope it’s gonna be rescheduled on a date where I can go." Another said, "Honestly I’m glad they postponed the tour cause it’s important that everyone is healthy and safe."
One ARMY member was glad that they postponed the tour and said, "Thank you for postponing the tour instead of cancelling!!! I’m so grateful."
Another diehard fan said, "Just heard the news on bts tour is being postponed and not cancelled which is a huge relief. I can wait for whole another year to see them because they mean so much. I really appreciate their hard work and patience as we continue to fight through this pandemic together."
This is what BTS's management released in a short statement via the Weverse app: "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."
Big Hit also promised the BTS ARMY that they were doing everything in their power to speed up the rescheduling process while keeping health concerns as their top priority.
"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. Thank you."