Myrtle Beach, SC, has broken ground on a new sports facility. The Myrtle Beach Sports Center in Myrtle Beach, SC, scheduled to open its doors in early 2015, is being developed with the help of Sports Facilities Advisory (SFA) to attract new visitors and support the local economy. The facility is anticipated to impart a $30 million economic impact for Myrtle Beach within the first five years of its opening.
Myrtle Beach’s newest indoor sports facility will be connected to the current Myrtle Beach Convention Center and Sheraton. The Myrtle Beach Sports Center is expected to reinforce the city’s economy by attracting $30 million in new spending within the first five years. It aims to build on the reputation of Myrtle Beach as a leading sports tourism market, taking advantage of the beaches, resorts and attractions that have turned Myrtle Beach into America’s third largest vacation destination.
The 100,000-square-foot Myrtle Beach Sports Center is built to cater to tournament play, with hardwood floors that can be used as eight basketball courts or 16 volleyball courts. There also will be a café, a retail area, and team rooms. (4)
Collectively known as the “Grand Strand,” the Myrtle Beach area stretches 60 miles along the South Carolina coast, and is a seaside haven known for its family-oriented atmosphere. The area also receives over 14 million visitors annually.
The Mayor of Myrtle Beach, John Rhodes, says he is confident that Myrtle Beach will continue its long-standing place as a major player in sports tourism.
“With this development, we have taken the next step in our long term plan,” said Rhodes.