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Bassmasters Classic heading back to Upstate in 2015

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Gov. Nikki Haley and B.A.S.S. officials announce Bassmasters tournament in Greenville (Fox Carolina) Gov. Nikki Haley and B.A.S.S. officials announce Bassmasters tournament in Greenville (Fox Carolina)
Gov. Nikki Haley and B.A.S.S. officials announce Bassmasters tournament in Greenville (Fox Carolina) Gov. Nikki Haley and B.A.S.S. officials announce Bassmasters tournament in Greenville (Fox Carolina)
Gov. Nikki Haley and B.A.S.S. officials announce Bassmasters tournament in Greenville (Fox Carolina) Gov. Nikki Haley and B.A.S.S. officials announce Bassmasters tournament in Greenville (Fox Carolina)
Gov. Nikki Haley and B.A.S.S. officials announce Bassmasters tournament in Greenville (Fox Carolina) Gov. Nikki Haley and B.A.S.S. officials announce Bassmasters tournament in Greenville (Fox Carolina)
Gov. Nikki Haley and B.A.S.S. officials announce Bassmasters tournament in Greenville (Fox Carolina) Gov. Nikki Haley and B.A.S.S. officials announce Bassmasters tournament in Greenville (Fox Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and members of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) announced that Greenville and Lake Hartwell had been selected as the sites for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.

"We are thrilled that the Bassmaster Classic has chosen to return to South Carolina and selected Greenville for their 2015 location," said Haley. "It's truly a great a day in South Carolina, and now millions of people will get to see why our beautiful state continues to attract topnotch sporting events."

"B.A.S.S. is delighted to be returning to Lake Hartwell and Greenville," said Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S. "We will be working closely with our South Carolina partners over the next year to be sure Classic 2015 will be the first-class sporting event B.A.S.S. members and fishing fans worldwide have come to expect."

Akin said B.A.S.S. has built a new, multi-million-dollar launch facility, called Green Pond, on Lake Hartwell in Anderson County that anglers will use for daily takeoffs during the tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 20-22, 2015.

Akin said fishermen will bring their catches to Greenville for weigh-ins at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Greenville's other major event venue, the TD Convention Center, will also see some action during the famous fishing tournament. Akin said The Bassmaster Classic Expo show will be held at the 280,000-square-foot facility off on North Pleasantburg Drive.

Greenville hosted the Bassmasters Classic tournament in 2008 and city officials said it provided a big boost to the local economy.

Chris Stone, president of VisitGreenvilleSC, said the 2008 event brought more than 75,000 people into the city during the three-day tournament.

"We look forward to an even larger event in 2015, which will have tremendous impact on the local economy, with a projected impact of more than $17 million in revenue to the Upstate," Stone said.

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