What’s so special about Myrtle Beach?

When traveling for sports events, some coaches approach the opportunity as a vacation while others encourage their team to treat it as a business trip. Regardless of your outlook on team travel, packing up your players and bringing them to compete in Myrtle Beach will give your athletes the chance to break from their well-worn routines and relax, bond and compete in one of the nation’s most well-loved vacation destinations. Graced with swaying palms and pristine beaches, this South Carolina town sits directly on the windswept shores of the Atlantic Ocean and attracts thousands of visitors per year.

What does Myrtle Beach have to offer my teams?

In addition to the friendly warmth of beaches and crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean, your teams can find additional excitement and adventure at every turn in Myrtle Beach. If your teams want to take a break from the seashore but stay outdoors, head to rapids and waterslides at Myrtle Waves or strap on a harness and try out the zip line and treetop adventure course over at North Myrtle Beach Park. If your teams are interested in history, schedule a trip to the Hopsewee Plantation, where you can enjoy traditional English tea and tours of the gorgeous plantation, or take a Segway tour around an old Air Force base. If the weather isn’t cooperating, spend an afternoon at the Coastal Grand Mall, Medieval Times or the Ripley Museums. Rain or shine, Myrtle Beach will keep your teams entertained between games and after the tournament.

X Factors

  • Site Visits – We will happily arrange site inspections of the properties and attractions you are considering for your upcoming event.
  • Visual Aids – Photos depicting the Myrtle Beach area are available upon request. See our Photo Request page for more information
  • Promotional Collateral – Complimentary promotional and attendance building materials are available to help showcase the Myrtle Beach area to your conference attendee(s)
  • Planning Assistance – We will provide assistance with, dining, and entertainment information. Our sports services staff is eager to assist or answer questions of any kind in order to make sure your event is a complete success.
  • Media List – The Bureau will provide convenient media lists for securing local publicity for your events
  • Liaison with Public Officials – The Bureau will happily contact public officials or other government and civic organizations to assist you in planning your activities

Planner Perspective

In 2011 the International Senior Softball Association was invited to bring a senior softball tournament to Myrtle Beach. The event was able to use the first phase of the newly developed synthetic turf fields at Grand Park, and players and fans loved it. In fact, the new facility became the talk of the senior softball world as word spread around the United States about the great new softball fields at Myrtle Beach. Today with seven new fields completed, we annually hold two senior tournaments at The Beach…..one in the early Spring and one in late October. These events have become two of our largest tournaments and this is the only destination where the ISSA holds two in the same year. The players simply love coming to Myrtle Beach. The outstanding facilities are not the only reason the seniors like coming to Myrtle Beach. The Grand Strand is a world-class ocean resort and a favorite vacation spot. Off the field the amenities and attractions abound. And as an event organizer we find the staff at Myrtle Beach to be very supportive for each event and are an excellent host for our senior tournaments. In closing, Myrtle Beach at a great ocean resort destination, with outstanding playing facilities and committed host services provides us the opportunity to professionally organize the highest quality events and provide the players and their guests with a memorable tournament experience.

–  RB Thomas, Jr., ISSA

Myrtle Beach is such an easy sell to my travel teams that play in our events. The city sells itself! With miles of sandy beach, tons of attractions and plenty of hotels that accommodate any budget, teams simply love coming to play in our tournaments. Parents use our events as a vacation while getting a chance to watch their child play in a national championship. The city facilities are top-notch as well. I highly recommend Myrtle Beach, SC to any event organizer as not only will you not find better amenities and a better location in the country, but more importantly your teams will thank you for hosting your event there and come back year after year.

John Whitley, National Travel Basketball Association

Myrtle Beach was the second city we went to six years ago when re-establishing our company, Continental Event & Sports Management Group, LLC. Since then the city has been amazing to work with. From the mayor and the council members to the CVB, they all have been incredible partners. This year, once again, our event, the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon, will be the largest in the six years and now it has become the largest half marathon & 5K in the state. This would not have been possible without the help of the Myrtle Beach CVB.

Robert Pozo, Continental Event & Sports Management Group, LLC

What kinds of facilities are available in Myrtle Beach?

Myrtle Beach Sports Center

Sports: Basketball, volleyball, badminton

This brand new facility offers 100,000 square feet of indoor courts, as well as a café, retail area and entertainment zone. The complex contains eight basketball courts and 16 volleyball courts, and can be easily configured to accommodate a variety of indoor sports such as badminton.

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Sports: Cheer, dance

Adjacent to Myrtle Beach Sports Center, this facility consists of 250,000 square feet of flexible space as well as a 30,000-square foot outdoor plaza that’s perfect for dance and cheer competitions.

Grand Park Athletic Complex

Sports: Baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, football

GrandPark2012This multi-use complex features seven lighted, full-size baseball fields that can be easily converted to accommodate soccer, lacrosse and football. The facility also offers two natural grass youth baseball fields that also can be converted, as well as three full-size natural turf fields for soccer and lacrosse. Additional amenities include multiple concession locations and a batting cage.

Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium

Sports: Track and field, football, lacrosse, soccer

This NCAA-certified track is made of a full pour polyurethane synthetic surface with embedded texture, and is complete with a Daktronics video board and a FieldTurf infield that can accommodate football, soccer and lacrosse.

Ashley Booth Field

Sports: Football, soccer, lacrosse

Renovated in 2013 and ideally located next to Doug Shaw Stadium, the multi-purpose field is permanently lined for football, soccer and both men’s and women’s lacrosse. Ashley Booth includes bleacher seating for 300, lights, a press box, concessions and a scoreboard.

Myrtle Beach Recreation Centers (Pepper Geddings, Canal Street and Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium)

Sports: Basketball, swimming

All three centers include one full-size basketball court, but the Pepper Geddings facility also houses a 25-yard, six-lane lap pool complete with a Colorado Timing system.

Ned Donkle Field Complex

Sports: Baseball, softball

This natural turf complex is adjacent to Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium and boasts two adult fields, five youth fields, batting cages, restrooms, concession locations and press boxes.

North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

Sports: Baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse

This baseball and softball park consists of four fields with dirt infields and a 225 foot fence, along with two adult softball fields with dirt infields and a 330-380 foot fence that can be used for collegiate baseball games. The soccer and lacrosse complex consists of eight natural-grass regulation fields, four of which are lighted, as well as an official’s room and a full service concession stand.

So, how do I get the teams there?

Myrtle Beach is easily accessible by both car and plane.

By Car: If your teams are interested in driving, Myrtle Beach connects to Highway 17. Cities that are less than eight hours away from Myrtle Beach include Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Jacksonville, Florida; and Virginia Beach, Virginia. Highways 501 and 73 run through the Myrtle Beach area.

By Air: Myrtle Beach International Airport is a mere seven minutes from the heart of Myrtle Beach and is serviced by Allegiant, Delta, Spirit and United.