MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The Myrtle Beach area will soon have a 100,000-sqaure foot indoor sports facility that will help expand sports tourism along the Grand Strand.

Construction on the $12.4 million facility is slated to start in February 2014 and will open a year later in February 2015. 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."

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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