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Bass Pro's Pyramid construction still on schedule

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Action News 5 has a look inside the Pyramid and it's a view you've never seen before. Action News 5 has a look inside the Pyramid and it's a view you've never seen before.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – Action News 5 has a look inside the Pyramid and it's a view you've never seen before.

The new images come the same day the Shelby County Commission voted to formally dissolve its last interest in the iconic building.

Monday, the commission dissolved the Memphis and Shelby County Building Authority that governed the Pyramid. That officially cuts out red tape so the City of Memphis is the only governing body Bass Pro has to answer to.

Progress is also being made on the building's ground floor.

After months of demolition, our cameras can now show you a worms-eye view inside the Pyramid Arena - for the first time.

"The only things remaining are the mechanical rooms and the stairs," said Alan Barner, senior project manager at O.T. Marshall Architects. "Bass Pro wanted a blank canvas to work with."

Now, the ground floor is clear and pristine.

"About the end of March, you will see the workers putting in the below-ground seismic wall," said Barner.

Barner said the fun will begin when they finish the above-ground earthquake retrofits.

"That's when they'll put in the swamp where we're standing right now," he said. "When they'll put in the foam Cyprus trees and put in the board walks across the swamp."

In the southwest corner of the building near the Mississippi River, Bass Pro will install a general store. In the northwest corner, there will be a 60-foot waterfall.

"In this area, towards Front Street, could possibly be where the elevator is going to go to the top, to the observation deck for the restaurant and bar that will be there," Barner said.

Barner said the elevator might even penetrate the roof of the arena so people can get an unobstructed view of the Memphis skyline.

But Bass Pro may not stop there.

"They talked about having a zip-line across where the Tigers once played on the arena court," Barner said.

The adventurous could be harnessed to a cable and propel across a portion of the 14-acre Pyramid.

Bass Pro representatives say the store is still scheduled to open in August 2013.

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