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Construction for the Myrtle Beach Sports Center will start soon, officials say

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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach Center is set to begin construction on February 24, and completion is expected to be one year later, on February 24.

The indoor tournament facility is being built adjacent to the existing Myrtle Beach Convention Center. When construction is completed it will include hardwood floors for 16 volleyball courts or eight full-sized basketball courts that can be configured for a variety of other indoor sport activities.

The Myrtle Beach Sports Center will also feature a retail area, a café, a 1,500-seat telescopic bleacher system and an entertainment zone, for visiting teams and players.

The City of Myrtle Beach will sign a contract with Dargan Construction of Myrtle Beach this week, to build the 100,000 square foot facility. This will include a sports center that is valued at approximately $13 million dollars, and 500 additional parking spaces.

"We are excited to get vertical construction underway on this indoor tournament venue," Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes said. "In fact, we are already accepting events for 2015.

Having the sports center next to the convention center nearly doubles the available floor space at that location. And we're especially pleased at how well it complements our outdoor sports venues at Grand Park and elsewhere."

According to officials with the City of Myrtle Beach, several events are already scheduled for March 2015 at the Sports Center. Also, from April 4 through August 1, 2015, 17 additional tournaments are already booked at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center, states officials with the City of Myrtle Beach.

They include:

- A 48-to-64 team volleyball tournament the weekend of March 7, 2015

- A 128-team volleyball tournament the weekend of March 21, 2015

- A cheerleading competition the weekend of March 28, 2015.

The indoor sports complex is projected to generate $6.9 million in direct visitor spending, in its first year.

And that number is expected to reach $28.4 million annually, by its fifth year. Two-thirds of the additional visitor revenue will occur outside of the peak summer tourism season.

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