B.A.S.S. announced today that the Cherokee Nation-owned Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa will be the presenting sponsor of the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, which will take place Feb. 22-24 at Oklahoma's Grand lake.
“We are proud to continue the Cherokee Nation’s legacy of being a good community partner by helping bring large events like the 2013 Bassmaster Classic to northeast Oklahoma,” said Cherokee Nation principal chief Bill John Baker. “This event will be an economic boost for the entire region, especially our Cherokee communities. We are pleased to partner with B.A.S.S. and the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s Tulsa Sports Commission to make this wonderful event possible.”
The sponsorship will support both the B.A.S.S. organization and the Tulsa Sports Commission in execution of the 3-day competition predicted to bring roughly 100,000 attendees and an economic impact of $26 million to the region.
Said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin: “This newest Classic partnership is very fitting because we’re planning to rock Tulsa with the Classic. We couldn’t do that without the help of the many partners we have from the Tulsa area. The instantly recognizable Hard Rock name is a great addition to what is quickly coming together to be one of our best Classic events ever.”