BOK Center Ready To Host Bassmaster Classic Weigh-Ins
TULSA, Oklahoma - From Grand Lake to Tulsa, preparations are underway for Friday’s kick-off of the Bassmaster Classic.
Northeast Oklahoma will be on the world stage for tournament bass fishing, and the BOK Center is preparing to host thousands of fans and anglers for the busy weekend.
Inside the BOK Center, after a year-and-a-half of preparations, the stage is being set and rehearsals are underway for when the anglers come in for weigh-in during the Bassmaster Classic.
After anglers finish their day on Grand Lake, they end up in Tulsa for the big weigh-in; everything is choreographed like a Super Bowl halftime show.
"They step out, pull the fish out of their live-well, the place goes nuts. The fans yell. They all come up like baseball players to their own music, they all choose their own walk-up music and they step up to that main stage and hope they have the heaviest bag," said Eric Lopez with the Bassmaster Classic.
Angler Charles Sim can't wait to be a part of all the action.
"It was an exciting trip. You get excited. You're coming down to the biggest event in the world," he said.
It took him 22-hours of driving to get here from Canada.
Sim said, "I've kind of stepped back. I'm enjoying Tulsa, I'm enjoying the Bassmaster Classic and tomorrow I'm going to go out there, fish my heart out, do what I can, try to represent Canada and we'll see where the chips fall."
Sim and other anglers get top-notch treatment while they're in Tulsa. Their hotels, parking and weigh-in areas are all across the street from each other.
Lopez said, "We want to make sure that they don't have to worry about anything, so they can stay focused on the competition."
If you want to make the hour-and-a-half drive you can see the anglers racing to their fishing holes on Grand Lake.
The afternoon weigh-ins at the BOK Center and the Expo at the Cox Business Center are free for everyone.
The first round of weigh-ins start on Friday, doors open at 3:15 at the BOK Center.