Myrtle Beach City Council will continue to discuss a potential name for the 100,000-square-foot indoor sports facility being built adjacent to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center during a special workshop Thursday.
Representatives from the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce presented a list of three potential names for the estimated $12,4 million complex, including The Grand Sports Center Myrtle Beach, The Wave Myrtle Beach and The Beach House Myrtle Beach – though City Council members said they were not excited by any of the names.
Council also will discuss the zoning rewrite during the workshop scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday at City Hall.
There is no immediate deadline to select a name for the sports facility, city spokesman Mark Kruea said.
“I don’t know that it needs a name sooner than a year from now,” he said. “But I think they’d like to decide on one for marketing purposes.”
Danna Lilly, director of sales for the chamber, said she hopes to have a final name for the complex by mid January “at the absolute latest” so materials and logos can be designed and prepared by early April, when she said she will make a pitch for a major sponsorship.
The chamber worked with city staff, students from Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Costal Carolina University, and the public to compile the suggestions. The public was asked to submit potential names online earlier this fall.
“We wanted a name that sets us apart from the competition,” assistant city manager John Pedersen said. “We want it to make a statement about community and the [facility’s themes of] leadership, character and sportsmanship.”
The three top names were chosen from about 75 suggestions from multiple sources.
Pedersen said the city will advertise a call for bids this week, with construction hopefully beginning in February 2014 and ending in February 2015.
“We’re on schedule,” Pedersen said. “The building design’s been approved and the site’s been cleared. … We hope to open the first weekend in March 2015.”
The special workshop will be held 9 a.m. Thursday in the first-floor conference room in City Hall, 937 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach.
Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.