Shreveport-Bossier City, La., as 2012 Bassmaster Classic venue

The world's premier fishing event will return to "Sportsman's Paradise" in 2012, BASS announced today.

The world's premier fishing event will return to "Sportsman's Paradise" in 2012, BASS announced today. The 42nd Bassmaster Classic will be Feb. 24-26, 2012, on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La.

The Shreveport Regional Sports Authority welcomes the prestigious event for the second time in four years; counting the 2011 Classic slated for New Orleans, the 2012 event will be the sixth Classic to be in Louisiana.

The birthplace of careers for legendary musicians including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Kitty Wells and Slim Whitman, Shreveport-Bossier City added more legend to its lore with its historic first Bassmaster Classic one year ago: The 2009 Classic was the first Classic in which a woman participated. Kim Bain-Moore qualified via her 2008 Toyota Tundra Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year title.

When the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority was host to the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, several attendance records were smashed for the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.

"Shreveport-Bossier City is ecstatic to once again host the fabulous Bassmaster Classic," said Mary Ann Tice, executive director of the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority. "Our community was extremely proud to serve as the host of the 2009 Bassmaster Classic. We will once again wrap the arms of our community around the Classic. Our visitors will again produce a record breaking Bassmaster Classic!

"The Sports Authority is proud to be a partner with BASS and the Classic sponsors, and we obviously love the anglers and welcome them with open arms back to the mighty Red River and the crown jewel of Sportsman's Paradise, Shreveport-Bossier City."

Tom Ricks, BASS vice president & general manager, said, "BASS is excited about returning in 2012 to Louisiana and Shreveport-Bossier City for the Bassmaster Classic, the world's most prestigious fishing event. We're pleased to partner again with the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority in bringing fans worldwide another blockbuster Bassmaster Classic."

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 Bassmaster.com, which will provide extensive hourly coverage.

"What a great opportunity for our state, our Federation Nation organization — and what could be a better compliment to our fisheries?" said Kevin Gaubert, president of the Louisiana BASS Federation Nation. "We are pleased to be the host site once again for the world's greatest fishing event."

Launches on the Red River through the three days of competition in 2012 will be from Red River South Marina in Bossier City, La. The Shreveport Regional Sports Authority will roll out the red carpet for Classic weigh-ins at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City. The 2012 Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo will be at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Those interested in volunteering at the 2012 Bassmaster Classic in Shreveport-Bossier City should call BASS at 877-BASS-USA.

Local sponsors of the 2012 Bassmaster Classic include: The City of Shreveport; Bossier City; Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau; Caddo Parish; Bossier Parish; the State of Louisiana; the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority.

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