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Professional Arena Football coming to Myrtle Beach

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Sports fans in the Myrtle Beach area have a new team to root for next year, the Myrtle Beach Freedom.

"I think this is the perfect place for arena football," said Ronnie McCuin, owner of the Myrtle Beach Freedom. "The town, it's the beach. It's just been a vision for years and a reality for about a month now."

Myrtle Beach Freedom will play at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center starting in March 2016. The athletes will play indoor arena football in the X-League, which has been around for three years.

"Their teams are doing very well and being supported by their communities, so we hope to get the same reaction here," McCuin said.

The league is the level under the AFL, or Arena Football League, which is the highest level of indoor football.

Arena football is played on a carpeted 50-yard field with eight players per side. The team will have a total of 25 players. Tryouts will be next year, closer to when the season starts.

"It's a much faster, high-scoring game with a lot of excitement," McCuin said.

An open house is scheduled for September 6 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. There will be an arena football demonstration and people will be able to pick seats for season tickets.

The season starts March 2016 and will last through mid-June.

"Everybody goes in that little depression funk of football after the Super Bowl before the season starts, so the timing of it, it won't interfere with college or the NFL," McCuin said.

You can follow the X-League at: xleaguefootball.com.

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