Thousands Attend Bass Pro Shop Grand Opening

To join the conversation on this story and others, "like" our KKTV 11 News Facebook page!

Traffic was tied up for a couple hours on the north end of the Springs as thousands of people attended the grand opening of the new Bass Pro Shop.

Part of the draw: Willie Robertson of the reality show sensation "Duck Dynasty" was on hand to sign autographs. At least 400 people reportedly waited in line several hours to meet him.

“It’s a lot of fun. It’s kind of crazy, people trying to see Willie. It's a lot of fun, it's hectic but all in all it's fun," shopper Steven said.

A store spokeswoman told us they anticipated anywhere between 8,000 to 15,000 people through their doors.

"It’s insane and awesome all at the same time," shopper Lauren Hidalgo said.

Everyone we talked to said moving around was extremely chaotic. The chaos extended to the interstate near Northgate, where numerous drivers got stuck in the backup. Colorado Springs police and Colorado State Patrol were called in to help direct some of the traffic flow in and out of Bass Pro Shop.

We're told this is the fifth Bass Pro Shop in the nation to open its doors this year, and it's also one of the largest.

KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 232781381 -
Gray Television, Inc.