Super Regional Tourney could be home run for local businesses

By A.J. Ross - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) –   The NCAA Super Regional Tournament taking place this weekend at BB&T Coastal Field could be a grand slam for nearby hotels and businesses.   According to Myrtle Beach AAA the majority of hotels in the Grand Strand are sold out for the weekend, and some business owners say they're already seeing an increase in foot traffic.

"We've definitely seen an increase in business, by far there's a lot more people in the neighborhood and people coming in here," said Patrick Carroll, the manager of Dirty Don's Oyster Bar & Grill.  "We've had a lot of people come that said they were going to the games and it's just been great it's been a big business boom for us."

Carroll says his restaurant has seen a twenty percent increase in business over the past few days.  Jane Slattery, the general manager for LaQuinta Inn & Suites on 48th Avenue North, says her hotel and several others in the same franchise are also seeing a boost.

"From Wednesday on I sold 60 something rooms and I'm oversold for tonight," said Slattery.  "I know a lot of it has to do with the tournament."

Sandra Horton, the general manager for Myrtle Beach AAA, says a lot of her employees are having a hard time finding people places to stay this weekend.

"We have really seen a lot of people coming into the office trying to find hotels in the area and we are finding limited availability," said Horton.   "The traffic is also heavy out there and you see since school is out people are getting away for the weekend."

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