Practice, compete and qualify at some of the state's top facilities, then get ready for some serious play time. For all the same reasons and more, sports event organizers are quickly discovering what 19.6 million annual visitors already find interesting in the Myrtle Beach Area. History shows that many sports events reach record attendance along the Grand Strand, as the Atlantic Ocean and unlimited entertainment options set the perfect background for free time and family entertainment.
The highly-anticipated Myrtle Beach Sports Center opened its doors for business along the Grand Strand in March 2015 after a year of construction.
With the addition of the sports complex, sports tourism generated $167 million for the local economy in 2015. By its fifth year, the Myrtle Beach Sports Center is expected to contribute over $28.4 million to sports tourism annually.
To service the event space, there is room for eight basketball courts or 16 volleyball courts, seven team rooms, telescopic bleachers with a seating capacity for 1,500 to 2,000 spectators, a private mezzanine for elevated viewing, a retail area, an entertainment zone and a café with indoor/outdoor seating.
In its first year, the sports complex is projected to generate $6.9 million in direct visitor spending. By its fifth year, that number is expected to reach $28.4 million annually. Two-thirds of the additional visitor revenue will occur outside of the peak summer tourism season.
The Myrtle Beach Sports Center joins Grand Park at The Market Common and the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex as the latest state-of-the-art facilities capable of hosting large numbers of sporting events and teams in the Myrtle Beach area.
Additionally, the North Myrtle Beach Park and Sports Complex recently opened the Go Ape Zipline and Treetop Adventure course, which includes five ziplines.
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