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Del Mar Fairgrounds exploring legal action after KAABOO move

Posted at 10:35 AM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-21 09:38:03-04

SAN DIEGO — (KGTV) -- The Del Mar Fairgrounds is weighing its legal options after the KAABOO Music announced that it would move to Petco Park in 2020, the venue's CEO told 10News.

Fairgrounds chief executive Tim Fennell declined a formal interview, but pointed to language in the Fairgrounds' contract with KAABOO that blocks the festival from holding a similar event within a 75-mile radius the year it cancels the contract.

KAABOO announced Sunday it would end its contract with the Fairgrounds for the 2020 concert and move to Petco Park downtown.

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Then this week, KAABOO announced its assets were sold to a new company, an affiliate of Virgin Fest.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for KAABOO said the prior contract's terms do not apply.

"As reported, we acquired only the assets of KAABOO. Accordingly, all liabilities remained with the previous owners, so we are not aware of their obligations," she said.

The music festival, rebranded KAABOO San Diego, is scheduled for Sept. 18 to 20, 2020 at Petco Park and surrounding parking lots.