MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Myrtle Beach's 100,000-square foot indoor sports facility set to open in February 2015 needs a name! So, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is asking for the public's help in choosing one.

Those with a great name for the new facility are encouraged to submit their ideas. Entries can be submitted by going to www.myrtlebeachareachamber.com/sports/give_me_a_name.html from Sept. 30 to Oct. 18, 2013.

Notes For Entrants

1.     The new indoor facility will be developed to become a national leader for youth and amateur sporting events of all kinds. 

2.     The facility will be known as an inspirational environment that uses quotes and messages related to leadership, motivation, goal setting and teamwork.

3.     The facility will be a unique educational center where college interns will learn about sports management through internships and other programs.  

A panel of local judges will be selected to at all the submissions. If a name is selected from this pool of entries, that person will receive a $250 American Express gift card and an exclusive invitation to VIP grand opening events for the sports complex. The official complex name will be announced no later than Dec. 31, 2013. 

Construction on the $12.4 million facility is slated to start in February 2014 and will open a year later. It will be located adjacent to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

This complex will include eight basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts, a café and retail area, an entertainment zone complete with a climbing wall and a 1500-seat telescopic bleacher system. It is also configurable for numerous indoor sports.

The Myrtle Beach City Council voted July 9 to push the complex forward into the planning and construction phase.

"We applaud the Myrtle Beach City Council's decision to move this project forward after many years of discussions," said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. "The continued growth of sports tourism is undeniable, and this sports complex will only help to position Myrtle Beach as one of the nation's premier sports tourism destinations."

In its first year, the sports complex is projected to generate $6.9 million in additional visitor spending. By its fifth year, that number is expected to reach $28.4 million annually. Two-thirds of the additional revenue will occur outside of the peak summer season.

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About The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the MBACC its five-star accreditation, one of only several chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The MBACC serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. For more information, visit MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com.