The North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex is now under construction on 160 acres of land west of the Intracoastal Waterway. Even though it will not open until March 1, 2014, sports tourism event bookings for the March 2014 –November 2014 time frame have already exceeded the initial annual impact and that’s great to tourism!
With the facility now well underway, the City’s sports tourism division has generated firm verbal commitments for March 2014-November 2014 events that promise to have a direct impact of at least $13.5 million on the North Myrtle Beach economy. The names of the organizations involved in the events have not yet been released
The sports complex offers six baseball/softball fields, and eight multipurpose soccer/lacrosse/football fields. $10.3 million of the recent commitments are for baseball and softball events, and $3.2 million are for soccer/lacrosse events.
The first sports tourism event will begin March 2, 2014 at the new facility. The National Collegiate Sports Invitational (NCSI) softball tournament and spring practice will feature 20 college teams each week for a three week period, and the NCSI baseball tournament and spring practice will feature eight college teams each week for a three week period.