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Professional Arena Football coming to Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - After nearly a decade, the sights and sound of professional football are back in Myrtle Beach.

“It is my proud honor to announce to everyone today that the Myrtle Beach freedom, professional arena football organization will become the X-league’s second expansion team this off season," said Myrtle Beach Freedom founder, owner, Director of Football Operations and General manager, Ronnie McCuin. 

McCuin’s previous attempt at team ownership was broken up by the players after a short stint in 2009 but today McCuin is hopeful game checks will be the added motivation for the athletes.

"These players will get paid so it will be a part-time job for them," said McCuin, "so [if] they don’t show up, they are going to get docked their pay.”

It’s an eight-game league that typically plays four home and four away. So far, organizers have reserved dates at the Myrtle Beach convention center, however opponents have yet to be determined. 

"We’re actually going to have six home games and our open house here so we have seven events," said McCuin, "so [officials with the convention center have] been able to work a package deal with me on that to really help me out this first year.” 

McCuin looks to get the ball rolling with several ticket packages, ranging from $10 per game to $75 for season tickets to front row action. City officials are hoping that the finances that come along with football will help the score an economic touchdown. 

“We’ve gone from 10 years ago, from a $20 million direct economic impact in sports tourism and to this past year, over $150 million," said John Rhodes, Mayor of Myrtle Beach, "so that’s tremendous increase and we look to build from there.”

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