Sports tourism events to have direct impact on the local economy
By Pat Dowling|
The city of North Myrtle Beach will welcome over 400 collegiate sports teams from 33 states and the District of Columbia in a series of spring training events to be held throughout the month of March. The events will have a direct impact of $5 million on the local economy.
Of the 400 teams, 87 are collegiate softball teams participating in the Fastpitch Dreams event, held in North Myrtle Beach for the third consecutive year, and the remaining teams are associated with collegiate Ultimate Frisbee teams who will engage in tournament play. Fastpitch Dreams and High Tide Ultimate each recently signed five-year contracts with the city, which will keep these events in North Myrtle Beach through the year 2020.
For the second year, one of the nationís largest collegiate Ultimate Frisbee tournaments will call North Myrtle Beach home. High Tide Ultimate Frisbee will celebrate their 20th year as an organization in March.
Wilmington Ultimate will continue offering Ultimate Frisbee events in North Myrtle Beach with two prestigious tournaments, Easterns and Division III Easterns. Easterns will be held March18-20 and will feature 30 premier Ultimate Frisbee teams. Division III Easterns will be held April 1-3 and will feature up to 30 Division III Ultimate teams.
All events will be held at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. Additional city facilities will also be used.
For a list of teams and the schedule for the Fastpitch Dreams Collegiate Softball event, visit www.fastpitchdreams.citymax.com.
For a list of teams and schedules for the High Tide Ultimate Frisbee event visit www.hightideultimate.com.
For a list of teams and schedules for the Wilmington Ultimate events, visit www.easterns.org.