HOUSTON – The confetti cannons will not, that is NOT in capital letters, be allowed in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
No confetti, you say, what’s up with that?
“That’s a big rule in stadiums,” said Eric Lopez, B.A.S.S. director of operations. “Because of that, we’re likely going back to what we used to do in the old days and use pyro. That’s approved in stadiums, confetti is not.”
Oooh, pyro, like fire and flames and things exploding. Cooool.
B.A.S.S. officials in charge of redesigning the Classic show for Minute Maid Park, the MLB stadium of the Houston Astros, have been rather secretive of how they’re going to pull off the usual weigh-in features in an open air stadium. Even if the roof is closed, above the left field wall is a bank of windows that allows in plenty of light, so the normal light show will not occur.
B.A.S.S. will utilize the fourth largest big screen in MLB, and has one about half its size as the backdrop to the stage being built. Right now, there are runways going in to accommodate the boats and any walking. Everyone from the anglers to the photographers to the Marshal have been told the No. 1 golden rule for being in MMP – Do not step on the grass.
It is rather nice, like the collar of a golf course green at a nice country club. A grounds crew member said it was one of those special, fancy blends the turf management folks develop.
“We’re staying off the grass,” Lopez said. “There’s a game with the Cubs a couple days later.
“We have some surprises for Astros fans during our show, and at the Expo as well.”
There might not be confetti, but weigh-ins have been well thought out to include a baseball theme.
“We have awesome plans,” Lopez said. “We’re working with the Astros for our Super Six reveal. We’re playing toward baseball and that environment. There will be strong baseball elements. We have a way to incorporate the dugouts in the show the baselines.”
B.A.S.S. owners Jerry McKinnis, who played minor league baseball, and Don Logan, who is involved in ownership of the Birmingham Barons minor league baseball team, both know the game.
B.A.S.S. has worked hard to make this the most attended Classic ever. The facilities give it a great chance as Minute Maid could fit 19,000 easily, which is more seat than usual arena Classic. A short walk away in the George R. Brown Convention Center is the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
It’s the biggest on record with more than 300,000 square feet of showroom floor. Parking will be readily available to – there’s parking for 100,000 in that area and at least 25,000 spots within short walking distance to the ballpark.