City of MB holds groundbreaking ceremony for new sports complex

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Grand Strand is moving closer to the building of a brand new multi-million dollar indoor sports facility. The City of Myrtle Beach will hold the groundbreaking ceremony for the project Tuesday morning.

The ceremony is considered to be happening a little early, since the project is not even ready for construction. Myrtle Beach Spokesperson Mark Kruea says the city is speeding up the usual process in order to quickly bring in the business.

"It will draw a lot of sports tourism to the community," said Kruea. "And we want folks to know across the country, literally, that it's coming, so that they can get on the schedule and so we can start booking events for it."

Right now the clearing is still underway for the $12.4 million indoor facility that will be the newest addition next to the convention center. WMBF News has shown the preliminary designs for the project, but Tuesday morning the latest rendering for the facility will be revealed. The complex will feature eight full size-basketball courts and six full-size volleyball courts, a rock climbing area, and concession stands. But it's not only for sporting events-- the facility will also be used as extra space to help bring in bigger convention center events like trade shows and conventions.

On the sports side, events get planned so far in advance that the city hopes the groundbreaking will help to spread the word early. Actual construction is expected to begin in the early part of 2014, and the project is expected to be finished by March of 2015. The groundbreaking ceremony will start at 10 a.m. at the Myrtle Beach Area Convention Center.

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