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Interest gaining for new North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex

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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Teams from all over the country, from Illinois to West Virginia, are competing in North Myrtle Beach for the National Collegiate Sports Invitational this week. Next year this competition will be held at the new North Myrtle Beach Sports Complex, which is under construction now. 

Paige Sneed is a softball player with Tusculum College, and said she is looking forward playing in the new complex as a senior in 2014, "It's really exciting for me and my team to have anywhere to get out there and play the game."

Sneed is not the only player looking forward to the new turf - others are already booking their events with at the new sports complex. 

Leaders in North Myrtle Beach have been traveling and meeting with people in charge of organizing sporting events to promote the 15 million dollar complex. 

So far, leaders report they have been getting great feedback from people looking to book their event for next year. In the next few weeks, details on some of those contracts will be worked out between both parties and then finalized. Superintendent of Sports Tourism for the city of North Myrtle Beach, Matt Gibbons said the calendar for next year will be released sometime this summer or by early September. 

Gibbons said they have been in talks with representatives from the following sporting groups: Frisbee, soccer, baseball, and softball. "Lacrosse is coming this way," added Gibbons. "We feel there is potential in Lacrosse." 

The potential of the sporting complex is huge, with many people staying in the region for an extended time benefiting from its use. 

Gibbons talked about what was next for crews, "we'll start building the structures within the next month, then we will put down the sports fields down around May for the first of June. That will give them a full growing season to get established before we start playing the next month."

The on site supervisor of the complex said crews will be irrigating the soccer fields, laying down clay for the baseball diamonds, and continuing to put storm drains throughout the complex. 

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