Myrtle Beach Freedom plan to bring new, unique brand of football to Grand Strand

Arena football is coming to the beach.

However, fans of the sport will need to wait until next year.

The Myrtle Beach Freedom arena football team’s inaugural season isn’t slated to begin until March, but X-League Indoor Football President and Co-founder Kacee Smith said the organization is already ahead of schedule during the upstart team’s press conference Monday at the Sheraton Hotel in Myrtle Beach.

“I love what they’re doing here. They’re so far ahead,” Smith said of the Freedom. “Most people that want to get into indoor football usually don’t get much done this quick but they’re on top of things and they’re so far ahead it’s awesome.”

The X-League was founded in 2013 by CEO and commissioner Michael Mink and Smith and currently has 10 teams with the Freedom being its second expansion team heading into its third season of play.