Myrtle Beach is bustling with sports teams this time of year – and we are excited to welcome ESPN back to The Beach for the Myrtle Beach Invitational on Nov. 18, 19, and 21 (there will be no games played on Nov. 20). This basketball tournament brings Division 1 teams from various conferences for a weekend of action. The Myrtle Beach Invitational showcases these 2021 post-season participants:

  • Davidson (Atlantic 10)
  • Oklahoma (Big 12)
  • Utah State (Mountain West)
  • East Carolina (The American)
  • Indiana State (Missouri Valley)
  • New Mexico State (Western Athletic)
  • Old Dominion (Conference USA)
  • Penn (Ivy).  


These competitive matchups will be played at the HTC Center at Coastal Carolina University down the road from Myrtle Beach in Conway, SC. During a break in the games, explore all the thrilling attractions, coastal style restaurants, fabulous shopping, and the beach, of course. The fall really is the best time to visit The Beach, with cooler temperatures and less crowds, still with plenty of Carolina sunshine. As we like to say, everyone belongs at The Beach – and that includes sports fans!

New this year, Horry County elementary students from Carolina Forest Elementary, Lakewood Elementary, Ocean Drive Elementary, Palmetto Academy and Socastee Elementary created “Welcome To Myrtle Beach” cards for each player on the eight teams. This program provided a special memento for the players to The Beach and allowed the students to learn more about college-level athletic competitions.

Kids coloring on Myrtle Beach invitational welcome cards

For more information on the matchups and tickets to the Myrtle Beach Invitational, please visit the Myrtle Beach Invitational website.

The sporting events don’t stop with the Invitational. In December, the Myrtle Beach Bowl, an ESPN post-season bowl game, and the Beach Ball Classic and United Bank Holiday Invitational, a matchup of dozens of high school and prep basketball teams, are returning for several days of non-stop sports.

Find hotels, beach house rentals, and more on our STAY page, or book a reservation at one of the many restaurants in the Grand Strand.