Build it and they will come. That's the feeling in North Myrtle Beach about the new North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex that will open in spring 2014.
When the city began discussions on building this facility, Coastal Carolina conducted a study estimating the annual economic impact of the complex. We now know that planned events for the first year exceed the initial estimates by more than $2.9 million and that number should actually grow as the year progresses.
North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Florence and other cities across the region are realizing that our area is ripe for growing sports tourism. Our fantastic climate, wonderful amenities and state of the art facilities lure teams and events. With success firmly in place for baseball, softball and soccer we should now look at growing the category by adding volleyball, basketball, swimming and equestrian sports.
Today, however, we'll offer our congratulations to North Myrtle Beach leaders for making a wise decision to get into the game of sports tourism.