This Friday, January 12, a brand new multipurpose arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will have its grand opening at Walt Disney World. The moment will be marked with streamers, a high-energy cheerleading routine featuring Minnie Mouse and an official ribbon-cutting.
The grand opening ceremony, part of the 20th-anniversary celebration of ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, will showcase the new multi-purpose sports and entertainment arena, which continues the growth and expansion of the 220-acre Disney sports venue, widely regarded as the leading facility for youth sports in America.
ESPN Wide World of Sports executives and longtime partners from AAU and Varsity will be on hand to officially dedicate the 300,000-square-foot indoor venue, which will host its first event this weekend – the UCA and UDA College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championship, which runs through Sunday.
In the coming months and years, the 8,000-seat arena, one of the largest in the nation designed specifically for cheer and dance events, will host a variety of major indoor sports events, everything from basketball to volleyball to gymnastics to wrestling, and even
some e-sports events.
The launch of the arena, the third indoor competition venue at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, marks another milestone for the Disney sports facility, which opened in 1997 and pioneered a new type of sports vacation experience where athletes at all levels and
ages can pursue their sports dreams.
Over the last two decades, Disney has expanded its sports business with a relentless growth strategy centered on enhancing existing events, developing new and more diverse events such as tournaments, competitions and entertainment and creating additional sports
experiences that exceed the expectations of guests in a way that only Disney and ESPN can.
Stay tuned to Chip and Co for pictures and video of the big grand opening ceremony!
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