Myrtle Beach, S.C., will hold a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday morning to officially begin the construction process of a $12.4 million indoor sports facility, which will be adjacent to the convention center.
The new facility will have eight basketball courts, room for 16 volleyball courts, a cafe, retail space, climbing wall, entertainment zone and feature a 1,500-seat telescopic bleacher system.
The groundbreaking will be a bit early (three months before construction begins), but that is by design, Assistant City Manager John Pedersen said. “We’re just ready to move forward,” Pedersen said. “There’s a lot of positive momentum behind the project. We feel good about the enthusiasm of the public.”
The city is working with Sports Facilities Advisory, a Florida-based management consultant firm, to help with the design of the property as well as with booking business. The complex won’t be open until 2015, so it will be a while before any business is officially booked, SFA said.
The money for the complex will come via bonds through hospitality fee revenue and wouldn’t cause property tax rates to increase. The bonds will be paid in full in 25 years, city officials say.
Pedersen said he sees more than just sporting events coming to the facility, as it will have convention capabilities, though he was quick to note the complex would not want to poach business away from the convention center.