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Did you know… That the economic impact from sports tourism in the City of Myrtle Beach totaled $167.7 million in 2015? The estimate is up $12 million over 2014 and $42 million over 2013.

The dollar amount represents direct spending by event attendees at facilities inside the city, including the Grand Park Athletic Complex, the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium and the Myrtle Beach Sports Center, among others.

Baseball tournament attendees were the biggest economic contributors at more than $51 million, followed by Cheer and Dance competition participants at nearly $49 million.

Other top revenue-generating sports for the community included fast-pitch softball ($21.4 million), basketball ($19.8 million), running events ($6.8 million), slow-pitch softball ($5.7 million) and soccer ($4 million).

Dollar-wise, July was the biggest month with $58.2 million in direct spending, while September was the smallest ($988,000).

The Myrtle Beach Sports Center, which just opened in March, was responsible for $22 million in direct spending during 2015. Events at the Sports Center included basketball, volleyball and cheerleading.

Source: The City of Myrtle Beach

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