Organizers of the Bassmaster Classic announced that next year’s event will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, for the first time ever, marking the first time any major B.A.S.S. tournament event has been held here.
“There are very few firsts in the world of sports,” said B.A.S.S. chairman Chase Anderson in a statement. “We can’t wait to have a historic first next year when fishing’s biggest stage comes to Fort Worth. Our fans, sponsors and anglers are sure to be in for an incredible experience.”
Recent Classics held in Birmingham, Ala., and Knoxville, Tenn., have drawn record-breaking crowds of more than 120,000 fans to Classic Week events, including the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo.
“This is the Super Bowl of bass fishing and it will be an incredible privilege to welcome anglers, their families and fans from around the country to Fort Worth,” said Jason Sands, director of the Fort Worth Sports Commission.
Organizers expect more than 70,000 visitors with an expected $20 million in direct spending in hotels, restaurants, retail, attractions and more, said Sands.
“The Fort Worth Sports Commission will be monitoring event protocol and safety procedures as they evolve over the next several months to ensure Fort Worth is ready to host this prestigious tournament next spring,” said Sands.