COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) - Now that the Confederate flag is down from the State House grounds, opportunity is knocking for Myrtle Beach sporting locations.
On Friday, NCAA leaders announced they will lift the post-season event ban in South Carolina that was in place because of the Confederate flag. The ban has been in place for nearly 15 years, and it has actually prevented some events from coming to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans' TicketReturn.com Field.
A few years back, the city had an agreement with the ACC to bring the playoffs here, but the conference pulled out because of the Confederate flag.
Now, without that ban, the possibilities are endless.
From April to September, the seats inside Ticketreturn.com Stadium are full of baseball fans from all over. But the months when the Pelican's aren't in season? Not so much.
Now that could change with the NCAA's decision to once again allow post-season games in South Carolina. For years, a ban was in place because of the confederate flag, but today that ban is no more.
Chad Stockton is excited for the possibilities. "That'd be great, I mean, they got the facilities for it. I mean, great facilities here," he said.
Stockton and his son are avid baseball fans and wouldn't mind catching some college baseball regionals here.
Several years ago, the ACC came close to coming, but it's never been a real possibility. With the NCAA's new change of heart, that could mean more father son time for the Stocktons.
"It's only five hours for us," Stockton said. "So it would be something that if it were to come to this area, and it were close and within our time schedule, it would be a great thing to do."
You'll find that same overall happiness with today's news in baseball's next generation, as well.
"That's good because then more people can come watch their favorite teams play and stuff like that," said fan Drew Lloyd
For Lloyd, the news means something extra special. His favorite team is hundreds of miles away, and would really only come here for a regional playoff game. He hopes the city can lock down something soon so he can watch his favorite players do one thing, "to watch people hit dingers, homeruns," he said.
That excitement from ballpark to ballpark today isn't going unnoticed either. Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce leaders say they're excited to get some post-season games out here, and the Pelicans are on board too.
"We want to be a part of it," said Andy Milovich, Vice President and General Manager of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. "I think it just helps us grow in the community and make the community stronger and bring people together, which ultimately is great for everyone."
Lifting this postseason ban would open up opportunities for all college sports. Chamber leaders say right now, the city is most prepared for baseball, basketball, golf and track and field events.