SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Shreveport Aquarium officials say the riverfront venue will open Nov. 1.
The announcement was made during a news conference Thursday afternoon at the aquarium, 601 Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway.
Tickets now are on sale on the aquarium's website for limited viewing on opening day.
"When you purchase your tickets, you will select a date when you would like to attend," spokesman Jake Wood said. "It breaks it down into time slots as well. You can purchase the time slot at which you would like to arrive.
"And the way that will work, for example, is if you choose to come at 1 p.m. Nov. 1, you will be able to come between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. You will have that 30-minute window to arrive.
"We will limit the amount of people who go in at any given time. You will see there is a limited amount of tickets on the website for each time slot."
Ticket prices are:
- Adults: $12
- Children ages 3-12: $8
- Seniors 55+: $8
- Children under age 3: free with paid adult
- Special rates for schools and groups.
Meantime, work continues at the aquarium.
"The biggest focus at this point between now and our opening day is just small aesthetic changes," Wood said. "We're acclimating our fish, and then also training the staff they're bringing onto the aquarium team."
The aquarium will serve as home to 3,000 animals representing 270 different species in a variety of settings, from brightly colored coral reefs to shipwrecks to tropical lagoons, to name just a few.
"It's an opportunity to see tropical sea life that you may never have an opportunity to see elsewhere," said operations director Adrea Gibbs.
Gibbs explained they chose Shreveport largely because many local residents have never been to an aquarium, including many adults.
She told us a feasibility study estimated 140-thousand people could visit this facility every single year.
Gibbs added that such a place is also a great way to show how water all around the world is interconnected.
"If you toss a can into the Red River out here, it only takes five days for it to get to the gulf," said Gibbs.