Construction Worker Gives Video Tour of Bass Pro Shops Pyramid

It’s one of the most massive undertakings in Bass Pro Shops history—converting a 20,000 seat basketball arena into a flagship retail destination. The project inside of the Memphis Pyramid has been underway since 2012 and is scheduled to open later this year, but the doors of the mysterious, Mid-Southern Wonkaland have been closed to the outside world since February. Now, an Arkansas construction worker has taken to Facebook to give the public an insider’s view of the incredible project. 

CD Heaton’s tour, first posted his personal Facebook page and reported by WMCTV of Memphis, includes a look at a glass elevator shaft running 320 feet to the top of the world’s sixth-largest pyramid; the location of an indoor lake where anglers can test kayaks and outboard motors; and the first of a forest of cypress trees being installed to create a virtual swamp inside of the towering structure. WMCTV has given FTR permission to embed the video tour above.

The original post and more videos can be found on Heaton’s Facebook page.

The Memphis Pyramid first opened in 1991 and served as the home for University of Memphis basketball until 2001, when it became the shared home of the Tigers and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies. In 2004, the building’s basketball tenants moved to a new arena in the city’s Beale Street Entertainment District. Absent a major tenant, the Pyramid shuttered its door in 2007 with a final concert by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

In 2008, the City of Memphis and Bass Pro Shops entered a tentative agreement, which ultimately culminated in the beginning of construction in 2012.

Bass Pro’s new Pyramid megastore is set to include other features like a hotel, restaurant, observation deck overlooking the Mississippi River, alligator pit and bowling alley. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River and in the heart of a tri-state Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee corridor in the midst of the Mississippi Flyway, the ambitious Johnny Morris-led project hopes to become a mecca for outdoorsmen in the United States.

Opening is presently set for December of 2014.