BASS Announces Three Years of Bassmaster Classic Venues

BASS Announces Three Years of Bassmaster Classic Venues A rockin' Southern spot, America's Bass Capital and the Big Easy will usher in the excitement of the Bassmaster Classic through the next three years.

A rockin' Southern spot, America's Bass Capital and the Big Easy will usher in the excitement of the Bassmaster Classic through the next three years.
   In 2009, the 39th Bassmaster Classic will be held on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La., where Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Kitty Wells and Slim Whitman, among others, started their careers; in 2010, Birmingham, Ala., welcomes back the Classic for the seventh time; and in 2011, the Classic marches back to New Orleans.
   Launches through the three days of competition in 2009 will be from Red River South Marina in Bossier City, La.
   "We're excited to welcome the Bassmaster Classic back to Louisiana, long known as the Sportsman's Paradise," Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu said. "We invite all the anglers, fans, and our BASS/ESPN family to enjoy Louisiana's natural beauty, its great fishing, and our unique cultural heritage."
   Dates for the respective Classics, as well as competition waters for Birmingham and New Orleans, have yet to be determined.
   As always, ESPN2 will have Classic programming across several multimedia platforms throughout the event, and fans can follow the competition by tuning in, attending the daily launches and weigh-ins or logging on to, which will provide extensive hourly coverage.
   "BASS is thrilled to bring the Classic to three vibrant and diverse bass fishing destinations," said Tom Ricks, vice president and general manager, BASS. "This announcement highlights our commitment to our fans and to our sponsors. Much like the Super Bowl, fans now can make arrangements well in advance of attending future Classics - bass fishing's pinnacle event."
   With its historic first Bassmaster Classic, Shreveport-Bossier City also earns the distinction of hosting the first Classic in which a Women's Bassmaster Tour angler will participate. The winner of the 2008 Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year will automatically qualify for the 2009 Classic.
   "The Bassmaster Classic is a dream event," said Mary Ann Tice, executive director of the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority. "Hosting the Bassmaster Classic will be a defining moment for Shreveport-Bossier City and Northwest Louisiana. We are completely delighted and proud to welcome ESPN Outdoor and the entire BASS family to our world."
   The Shreveport Regional Sports Authority will roll out the red carpet for Classic weigh-ins at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City. The 2009 Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo will be at the Shreveport Convention Center.
   In 2010, the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, hosting its 11th BASS event, will feature the weigh-ins and the Classic Outdoors Expo together downtown at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex.
   "We are very excited to be the host city for the 2010 Bassmaster Classic," said Mike Gunn, vice president, sales, for the Greater Birmingham CVB. "We feel that there is no other place that can offer the very best fishing in the country, the Southern hospitality, great accommodations and great food.
   "And don't forget the 2007 Bassmaster Classic champion comes from Alabama. We look forward to another exciting event and will do our very best to make 2010 the best one ever."
   In 2011 in New Orleans, where the Classic returns for the fourth time, the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation will host weigh-ins will take place at the New Orleans Arena, while the Classic Outdoors Expo will be held at the Louisiana Superdome.
   "The City of New Orleans has a long-standing reputation as a favorite destination city for major sporting events, and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation has a history of hosting these world class events that include Super Bowls, Final Fours, and most recently, the NBA All Star Weekend," said Sam Joffray, vice president, communications, for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. "We are proud to include previous Bassmaster Classics in that list, and even more proud to announce BASS' return in 2011.
   "Since Hurricane Katrina, our event partners have played a key role in spearheading the recovery effort of New Orleans. Make no mistake about it, Louisiana remains a Sportsman's Paradise."

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