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Myrtle Beach considers multi-million dollar sports facility

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Mayor John Rhodes says city officials are considering a $10 - $12 million indoor sports facility. Mayor John Rhodes says city officials are considering a $10 - $12 million indoor sports facility.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The City of Myrtle Beach is working on plans for a huge sports related building project in the Market Common area. The city has been focused on outdoor sports with Grand Park for years, but now it's moved on to indoor sports.

Mayor John Rhodes says city officials are considering a $10 - $12 million indoor sports facility.

"Another venue to bring more tourists in to Myrtle Beach," said Mayor Rhodes. "Sports tourism is still the fastest growing segment of the tourist industry in our country today. It's a proven fact."

The new facility would be built on the Grand Strand campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College off of Meyers Avenue in Myrtle Beach. The preliminary plans call for a 100,000 square foot indoor sports facility on top of the abandoned outdoor fields. The new indoor facility would boast 10 multipurpose basketball courts among other amenities.

The goal is to expand what the city has to offer, which would bring in more sports tournaments and events to Myrtle Beach. Right now the city has paid a company to evaluate how an indoor facility will affect our area. Even though Mayor Rhodes insists taxes will not be raised to fund the multi-million dollar project, tax payers say they still have some concerns.

"I do," said Theresa Dooley, who lives in Myrtle Beach. "It's good. Any building is good. But you know that $10 million is a lot of money for an indoor facility that maybe wouldn't even be used that much."

The study that is going on right now is expected to analyze all those questions and concerns, and it will determine a more exact figure of how much this facility will cost. Mayor Rhodes tells WMBF News although tax dollars will be used, the city will try to look for private investors to help pay for the project.

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