Coast Spring Classic hosts record numbers on Strand

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The Seventh Annual McDonald’s Coast Spring Classic, the largest soccer tournament in South Carolina, was hosted by Coast FA Youth Soccer Club over the weekend at fields throughout Horry County.

With competition held at Grand Park Athletic Complex, Michael Nash Fields, Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium and Ashley Booth Field in Myrtle Beach; the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex in North Myrtle Beach; Socastee Park in Socastee; and South Strand Recreation Park near Surfside Beach, atotal of 370 teams from the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia completed in 603 matches on 42 fields in Horry County.

“This year’s tournament has attracted about 100 more teams than last year,” said Coast FA director Heyward Gulledge, who estimates a $3.5 million economic impact on the Strand as a result of the tournament.

Host club Coast FA claimed one championship and two runner-up medals from the event. “Winning medals at a tournament with 370 teams is quite an accomplishment. It was great to see the Coast teams do so well against major metropolitan areas,” said Coast DOC Ross Morgan.

It has been confirmed that this will be the largest soccer tournament ever held in South Carolina by SCYSA Executive Director Rachel Bolick. The cities of North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach and Horry County have partnered to host the event.

“We are excited to once again partner with Myrtle Beach and Horry County to host this prestigious event,” said North Myrtle Beach Superintendent of Recreation & Sports Tourism Matt Gibbons.  “The McDonald’s Coast Spring Classic is a great example of the impact sports tourism can have on our communities during a time of year when we need it most. We look forward to participating as a host for many years to come.”

“The annual Spring Classic has become a staple of our spring sports tourism season,” said City of Myrtle Beach Sports Tourism Director Tim Huber.  “By combining our resources with those of North Myrtle Beach and Horry County and the team at Coast FA we have all managed to create a tremendous weekend for Horry County.”

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