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Attendance Records Shattered at 39th Bassmaster Classic’s Outdoors Expo; Weigh-in Venue Filled to Capacity

SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, La. — The Bassmaster Classic attendance record was shattered Sunday, Feb. 22 as fishing fans came out in throngs to the assorted Bassmaster Classic festivities. The 2009 total attendance was 137,700 patrons besting the previous record of 82,600 established at the 2003 Classic in New Orleans, La.

With a turnstile tally of 60,123 on Saturday, Feb. 21, the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods in the Shreveport Convention Center topped the Expo’s existing total attendance record of 52,621.

Sunday, the Expo pulled in the crowds again: 31,254 people turned up at the Expo, which closed early so fans could get to the final weigh-in of the Classic. Friday’s Expo drew 16,233 people through the turnstiles for a total Expo attendance record of 107,600.

The Expo featured the latest in fishing tackle, new boat models and engines, outdoor gear of every description, scores of interactive activities, and appearances by top professional anglers.

At Bossier City’s CenturyTel Center, the Classic’s weigh-ins on Feb. 21 and 22 drew a capacity crowd of 9,300 each day. Attendance at the Friday weigh-in was 6,000.

The fans jammed the arena to watch the Classic contenders bring their bags of Red River bass to the scales in their bid to claim the coveted winner’s trophy and $500,000 first-place prize.

And, despite frigid early morning temperatures, the 7:15 a.m. daily launch festivities at Red River South Marina in Bossier City also pulled in the people. Attendance was pegged at 1,500 on Friday, 2,000 on Saturday, and 2,000 on Sunday.
In 2011, the Expo will return to Louisiana in conjunction with the 41st Classic competition on the Louisiana Delta fishery out of New Orleans.
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