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July to be a big month for sports tourism

Sports tourism is big along the Grand Strand in July. (Source: WMBF News) Sports tourism is big along the Grand Strand in July. (Source: WMBF News)
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Many people may not realize how much money sports tourism brings to the Grand Strand.

However, if history is any indicator, tens of millions of dollars are being spent at area businesses during July.

City of Myrtle Beach officials have a graph that shows their estimate of how much money sports tourism brought into the area every single month of 2015.

For July, it brought in almost two-and-a-half times more economic spending than any other month.

Basically every single facility in Myrtle Beach is packed with ball players and dancers during July 2016. People are traveling from across the country, bringing themselves, their teammates and their families to the area.

"I'm from Pickerington, Ohio. I'm here with my mom, my dad, my cousin," Jordyn Reidel, a dancer in the Star Systems Nationals, came to the Grand Strand from Pickerington, Ohio with her mom, dad and cousin. 

She didn’t just bring her family; she brought some of their friends who thought a trip to the beach was just what they needed. They all got a house, and the group is staying for a week.

The Ripken Experience and Grand Park have baseball tournaments on-going through July. The Myrtle Beach Sports Complex is also almost completely booked through the month with different sports tournaments.

At the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, where Reidel was with her family, July is a month of dance competitions. Local competition Showstopper finished its nationals last weekend before Star Systems started.

Those who watch the sporting events will see mostly smiling, excited faces. Still, there might be a few disgruntled siblings, like Parker Lawson and Trentez Curry, whose sisters dance for Southern Strutt dance team.

They refer to themselves as the dance brothers, and they find ways to spend their time while supporting their favorite teams.

Eventually, that last dance will come.

"I am excited for the competition to end," Lawson said.

That's simply because there's just so much to do in Myrtle Beach. Some of Lawson's favorites are Broadway Grand Prix and Ripley's Aquarium.

For what it’s worth, parents seemed to confirm they like it in Myrtle Beach, too.

"The road trip is more exciting for us than anything," said dance spectator Erica Cornwell, in town with Reidel’s family. "So coming to Myrtle Beach, we know there's a lot of positive influences here from other families. We know the camaraderie's great here, so we're just excited to be here."

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