Myrtle Beach's upcoming sports complex has one mission, and that is to put heads in beds during both our peak and shoulder seasons.
As sports tourism continues to grow, it's only plausible that the Myrtle Beach area work to make itself not just a premier beach destination, but a world-class sports destination as well. This 100,000 square-foot indoor facility will include eight basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts, a cafe and retail area, an entertainment zone complete with a climbing wall and a 1,500-seat telescopic bleacher system. It is also configurable for numerous indoor sports. Additionally, this facility is going to be located adjacent to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and will have 426 parking spaces.
Construction on the $12.4 million facility is slated to start in February 2014. Work is expected to take one year before its grand opening in February 2015.
Myrtle Beach's evolution into a premier sports tourism destination is projected to be a successful and profitable venture. The total number of sporting events is expected to go from 21 in the first year to 33 by year five. By that fifth year, the projected economic impact is $28.5 million.
This complex is going to be a major victory for the Myrtle Beach area. We look forward to how it will help us expand and grow our family-friendly brand.