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Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid and Big Cypress Lodge to Open April 29 with Special Evening for Conservation Event

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Bass Pro PyramidCelebrate attraction’s grand opening with celebrities and giveaways supporting conservation organizations

MEMPHIS — Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid, an iconic new destination experience located in downtown Memphis, will celebrate its grand opening Wednesday, April 29 at 6 p.m. with a special Evening for Conservation event.
The event will feature an all-star cast of celebrities from the world of sports, entertainment and the outdoors joining together to help Bass Pro Shops celebrate the opening of one of the most dynamic retail experiences in the world.
In addition, Big Cypress Lodge will welcome its first guests to the wilderness hotel.
This project represents the single largest investment in size and scope that Bass Pro Shops has ever made outside of its national headquarters in Missouri. With an array of retail, educational and fun attractions for guests of all ages, the experience is much more than a store; it’s a deeply engaging, one-of-a-kind adventure. In addition to vast assortments of outdoor gear, the new destination experience will include wilderness hotel Big Cypress Lodge, 600,000 gallons of water features; a cypress swamp with 100-foot-tall trees; the interactive Ducks Unlimited Water-fowling Heritage Center; and a breathtaking glass-floored cantilevering observation deck at the top of the 32-story steel pyramid. The experience is poised to become a “must-see” experience for outdoor lovers and families from across the country beginning April 29.
Grand opening to support conservation activities
In keeping with Bass Pro Shops’ commitment to conserving wildlife and the outdoors for future generations to enjoy and protect, the company will donate 50 cents of every dollar spent during the Evening for Conservation to nonprofit conservation organizations including Ducks Unlimited and America’s Wildlife Museum and Aquarium.
“The people of our company believe very strongly that the future of our industry, the sports we serve, and the sports we personally enjoy are absolutely more dependent upon our conservation efforts and how we manage our natural resources than anything else,” said Bass Pro Shops Founder Johnny Morris. “It is far more important than any catalog we mail, any new store we open, or any new product our vendors create.”
The celebration will be the first opportunity for fans to step inside the transformed Memphis Pyramid. In addition to being part of history, guests can experience special exhibits, storewide savings on a huge assortment of products, and fantastic giveaways with celebrities, and experts on fishing, hunting, water-fowling and boating available to talk with guests.
The destination experience offers something for everyone, from serious outdoor enthusiasts to families looking to have fun. For example:
*  Stay at Big Cypress Lodge, the first hotel inside a Bass Pro Shops location. It is a wilderness hotel where guests can stay in rustic-elegant and well-appointed guest cabins and suites. Reservations are now being accepted starting April 29, 2015 at 1-800-BC-Lodge and www.big-cypress.com.
*  Ride the tallest freestanding elevator in American 28-stories to the top of the Pyramid.
*  Stand on glass-floored observation decks at the top, patterned after the Grand Canyon Skywalk, that offer breathtaking 360-degree views 300 feet above Memphis and the Mississippi River.
*  Bowl “in the ocean” amid underwater scenery at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill, a nautical-themed restaurant and bar with a saltwater aquarium and a 13-lane bowling alley.
*  Explore a giant cypress swamp environment with ponds, towering 100-foot cypress trees, an 84,000-gallon alligator habitat and live duck aviaries.
*  Discover underwater ecosystems with 10 aquariums teeming with more than 1,800 fish from largemouth bass to blue catfish to lake sturgeon and alligator gar.
*  Wine and dine on top of Memphis at the Mile High Catfish House, a restaurant and bar situated at the top of the Pyramid.
*  Practice your aim at 25-yard live fire pistol and archery ranges.
*  Enjoy the largest assortment of waterfowl and related hunting equipment ever assembled with a wide variety of quality sporting gear to experience the outdoors.
Bass Pro Shops at the Pyramid is located at 1 Bass Pro Drive, in Memphis, inside the iconic Memphis Pyramid. Grand opening celebrations will continue with special exhibits and giveaways Thursday, April 30 through Sunday, May 3. Starting Thursday April 30, the store will operate normal hours 8 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission to the store is free. Select attractions will require a fee.
Additional details, including the celebrity line-up, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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