New opening date for Bass Pro Pyramid

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — During a tour for members of the media of construction inside the Pyramid, reporters were told the Bass Pro store will now open May 1, 2015. The opening date has been delayed several times, with the most recent date being this Christmas. More than 200 construction workers are reportedly in the Pyramid daily. Bass Pro told us for the past ten months, construction, creative, and design teams have been transforming the Pyramid into a Cypress swamp with fish and alligators, as well as 24 faux Cypress trees stretching to the upper reaches of the building. Bass Pro executives promise it will be well worth the wait. After keeping anyone from seeing inside for eight months, Bass Pro finally let WREG show you how it’s transforming the old home of the Grizzlies and Tigers. Courts and bleachers are replaced with attractions, including a hotel called the Big Cypress Lodge. Rooms will start at $259 a night. “Rooms feature fireplaces, handcrafted furniture, and a very uniquely designed, screened-in porch,” a woman with Big Cypress Lodge said. There will also be an ocean-themed bowling alley called the Fishbowl, two restaurants, and Ducks Unlimited Waterfowling center. “We are going to have a mock-up duck lodge,” a Ducks Unlimited official said. “There you can relax by the fireplace, watch videos, view art work and taxidermy.” Observation decks will also line the outside of the Pyramid. “Although it’s taken a bit more time, it’s very, very well worth it,” one official said. WREG tried talking to Mayor A C Wharton about the pyramid, but he left without talking to us. Our requests for an interview to find out what he thinks about the delays went unanswered.

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