"Coming Soon" billboards appear outside Pyramid - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

"Coming Soon" billboards appear outside Pyramid

Coming soon? A tractor trailer parked outside the Pyramid Friday caught the attention of Memphians. Coming soon? A tractor trailer parked outside the Pyramid Friday caught the attention of Memphians.

(WMC-TV) - The only sound outside the Pyramid Arena Friday was a passing trolley. But it was what you could see, not hear, that caught Memphis resident Justin Ragsdale's attention.

"Looks like they are finally going to do it," he said.

Ragsdale pulled off the road to photograph Bass Pro Shops billboards mounted on tractor trailers which appeared in the Pyramid's parking lot Friday morning.

It was the first sign of the company logo at the building. There was no sign of ongoing construction to transform the Tomb of Doom into a sporting goods Mecca, but city officials were on hand conducting a routine monthly fire test.

While Bass Pro Shops hasn't specifically defined the word "soon" with a projected grand opening date, last month architects revealed what they expect the Pyramid to look like in two years.

Ragsdale, who lives nearby expects some growing pains.

"I know the traffic is going to change due to construction, but I think we can accept that," he said.

Especially since he is a fisherman.

"I am," he said. "I do get my fish and tackle from Bass Pro and other sources, and I will be in here as a regular customer."

Ragsdale planned to post a picture of the semi on his Facebook page Friday with a simple status update:

"Finally."

He hops the Bass Pro at the Pyramid, when open, will reel in enough customers to insure long-term success.

Friday, a Bass Pro Shops spokesperson said there were no construction updates to provide, and no company officials were in Memphis Friday.

But just seeing signs in the Pyramid's parking lot generated a buzz that Bass Pro may finally be coming to the empty arena.

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