With uncertainty surrounding the safety of playing sports during the current pandemic, a variety of sports organizations have made the difficult decision to postpone or cancel sporting events altogether. The Myrtle Beach Invitational, which was typically held at Coastal Carolina University, will not be held along the Grand Strand this year.
The Myrtle Beach Invitational is a Division I college basketball tournament, usually taking place in November and featuring a variety of basketball teams from across the nation. This year’s tournament would have featured promising teams like the University of Nebraska, University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Missouri.
The cancellation of the Myrtle Beach Invitational will not only bring a hit to basketball fans but also to the city of Myrtle Beach itself.
It is estimated that the invitational brings in around $2 million in sports tourism every year. With tourism to the city already taking a hit, this will inevitably cause more uncertainty for many businesses who were counting on the increased revenue.
As many basketball teams have been pulling out of the invitational, it is uncertain whether or not the invitational will take at all.