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Huge Turnout for Garth Brooks at New Thunder Ridge Nature Arena

Historical 4-night event opens with special performance exclusively for Bass Pro Shops team members

RIDGEDALE, Missouri (Sept. 7, 2022)—Excitement is building throughout the Ozarks. Not only is Garth Brooks, one of history’s greatest entertainers, coming to town, but he’s opening Thunder Ridge Nature Arena. An immersive, nature-based amphitheater Thunder Ridge is unlike anything in the world. The combination of Brooks’ special four-night showcase and the natural wonder of the setting will set a new standard in the long, storied tradition of Ozarks hospitality.

When the Thunder Rolls (Brooks’ iconic 1991 hit song) into Thunder Ridge, guests from throughout the Ozarks and around the world will come to understand the unique charm of nature-based hospitality that exists only at Big Cedar Lodge—America’s Premier Wilderness Resort.  We look forward to seeing you at Thunder Ridge… in fact, we can hardly wait.

“It will be a hoop-de-doo to remember,” said Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops Founder and noted conservationist.   

Four nights of concerts to kick off 50 year celebration for 20,000 Bass Pro Shops team members and their families.

As a tribute for the 50th year, Garth Brooks’ four-night showcase will kick off with a special concert exclusively for Bass Pro Shops outfitters, team members and dealers. In celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary, the concerts are the latest in a line of incredible events that kicked off with the Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open Amateur Bass Fishing Championship in November 2021 and the World’s Fishing Fair in the spring of 2022, events that hosted hundreds of thousands of people. “We couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to say thank you and salute the many wonderful people at Bass Pro Shops who make up the greatest team in the great outdoors! We are also deeply grateful to Garth Brooks for his kindness in agreeing to perform four nights in the Ozarks to us help celebrate our 50th Anniversary and say thank you to our team,” said Johnny Morris.

Following opening night, there will be performances on Friday, September 30; Saturday, October 1; and Sunday, October 2. Tickets for each of these performances have been capped at 25,000 people. The result will be an immersive, intimate concert viewing experience in a setting like no other.

As excited as the Ozarks are to host such a legendary entertainer, Brooks himself is excited for the occasion. “There may be sites on this Earth that are as pretty, but there’s nothing prettier than this right here. It is gorgeous,” said Garth Brooks during a recent television appearance. “I couldn’t be happier for Johnny Morris and team. His story is truly the American tale. I love him.”

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, and Johnny Morris at Thunder Ridge Nature Arena, August 4, 2022

News of the Garth Brooks showcase has drawn considerable national and international media attention. Brooks will be coming to the Ozarks fresh off a sold-out, five concert run in Dublin, Ireland in front of more than 400,000 people.

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About Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”