ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Fact Sheet
What: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort is a 220-acre venue widely regarded as the leading facility for youth sports in America
Years of Operation: The sports complex opened in 1997 and has been in business for 21 years
Sports Mecca: The sports complex hosts more than 100 sports and entertainment events per year. Key events include Atlanta Braves Spring Training, NFL Pro Bowl Week, the Pop Warner Super Bowl, Disney’s Soccer Showcase, a La Liga youth soccer academy, the Disney Cup International soccer tournament, the AAU National Basketball and Volleyball Championships, plus the expos for four runDisney endurance races.
Sports Complex Versatility: Designed to provide professional, amateur and youth athletes with the same experience synonymous with names like “Disney” and “ESPN”, the sports complex features multiple competition venues, including 18 multi-purpose outdoor fields for football, soccer and lacrosse, a Major League ballpark along 16 diamonds for baseball and softball, and three field houses (HP Field House, Visa Athletic Center and The Arena) for sports such as basketball, volleyball, dance and cheer. The Arena, which opened in early 2018, is an 8,000-seat building specifically designed with cheerleading and dance competitions in mind
Variety of Sports: More than 60 different sports featuring athletes from 70 countries have been held at the sports complex
Additional Amenities: The sports complex has a track and field facility and a cross country course. There is also an ESPN-style broadcast center that produces live sports event programming on various ESPN platforms.