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Coordinates: 28°20′13.5″N 81°33′21.6″W / 28.337083°N 81.556°W / 28.337083; -81.556

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Current logo
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Entrance to Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex
Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex
Resort Walt Disney World Resort
Opening Day March 1997[1]
Theme Sports Complex
Website Disney's Wide World of Sports Homepage
Operator The Walt Disney Company
Walt Disney World Resort
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Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex is a 220 acre (89 ha) athletic complex located in the Walt Disney World Resort. The complex includes 9 venues and hosts numerous amateur and professional sporting events throughout the year.



Disney built the US$100 million facility on former wetlands[2] that it owned near Interstate 4. The venue opened on March 1997 with an exhibition baseball game between the Atlanta Braves and the Cincinnati Reds.



Champion Stadium

A 9,500 seat baseball stadium built in 1997. One of the original components of Wide World of Sports, it was formerly known as Cracker Jack Stadium and The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports. It is the spring training home of the Atlanta Braves and the recurring home for the Gulf Coast Braves. The stadium has hosted two regular season Major League Baseball series in 2007 and 2008 featuring the Tampa Bay Rays as the home team.

Milk House

A 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena sponsored by the National Dairy Association. It host the Old Spice Classic annually. The Milk House has 70,000 square feet with Stadium style seating with the highest row 35 feet off of the floor. It also features a smaller gymnasium behind the main arena with retractable seating.

Jostens Center

First announced in March 2007, the complex's 10th anniversary year, the Jostens Center is a 44,800-square-foot (4,160 m2) arena (36% smaller than the Milkhouse without the stadium seating) that opened in the fall of 2008.[3] Sponsored by the class-ring manufacturer, the center will feature six college-size basketball courts, twelve volleyball courts and two roller hockey rinks. Its seating capacity is yet to be determined. The Milk House will remain in operation after the Jostens Center's completion. [1]

Hess Sports Fields

Presented by Hess Corporation, these eight multi-purpose fields can host a number of different sports. Two fields are equipped for night play, and four are made to international soccer dimensions. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers conducted training camp at the facility from 2002-2008.

Baseball Quadraplex

Consisting of four professional baseball fields and one practice infield, the quadrapelex also includes batting tunnels, pitching mounds, hitting tunnels, masters pitching machines, and ten bullpens. Two fields are equipped for night play.


The first venue to be completed at the facility, it consists of six fields used for softball and youth baseball. Organized with four fields in circle and two adjacent.

Centre Court Stadium

A 1,000 to 8,500 seat ten-court tennis complex.

Cross Country Course

Consists of multi-purpose fields, the Track and Field Complex, and a 0.7-mile (1.1 km) wooded trail.

Track and Field Complex

A 500-seat competition facility for track and field events, designed to International Association of Athletics Federations specifications.


Former logo

Disney announced plans to construct a 160,000 square foot 100-lane bowling stadium, which would be the largest in the country. It will offer stadium-style seating, a restaurant and would be completed in early 2010. The stadium would be used for events or open to guests. It would also be used as a venue to host the United States Bowling Congress tournaments, which would boost the economy by bringing guests and visitors to local hotels and restaurants. [4]

Facility renaming

On May 13, 2008 The Walt Disney Company announced plans to rebrand Disney's Wide World of Sports using the ESPN brand.[5]

On November 5, 2009, Disney announced that the complex would be renamed "ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex". It will open in the Spring of 2010. The complex is currently in the middle of a massive upgrade including the installation of HD video scoreboards at several of the venues, a new complex-wide audio system and an HD broadcast production facility.[6]

The ESPN Innovation Lab, a facility dedicated to advancing sports television technology, opened on October 15, 2009, as part of the rebranding and renovation process.[7]


A former baseball umpire and an architect alleged that they approached the Walt Disney Company in 1987 with plans for a sports complex, and that Wide World of Sports, which opened 10 years later, was heavily based on their designs. Disney claimed that, while the designs had some similarities, the complex was also similar to numerous other sporting facilities, and the concept of a sports park was too generic for any one group to claim ownership. The two men, represented in part by noted attorney Johnnie Cochran, sued Disney in Orange County civil court. In August 2000, a jury returned a verdict for the plaintiffs with damages in the amount of $240 million, a fraction of the $1.5 billion sought.[8] Disney appealed the judgment, and settled out of court in September 2002 for undisclosed terms.[9]

External links


  1. ^ - Disney's Wide World of Sports
  2. ^ Dame, Mike (2002-09-18). ""Sports Complex overview"". Go2Orlando.,0,3948558.story. Retrieved 2008-09-05.  
  3. ^ Scott Powers (2008-09-24). "Disney's name coming off its Wide World of Sports complex". Orlando Sentinel.,0,5191395.story. Retrieved 2008-09-24.  
  4. ^ Pino, Mark (2008-06-10). ""Disney plans 100-lane bowling stadium for Wide World of Sports"". Chicago Tribune.,0,3110047.story. Retrieved 2008-06-10.  
  5. ^ Disney Sports Complex to Become ESPN-Branded Immersive Sports Venue
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  8. ^ "Disney must pay $240 million in sports park lawsuit". 2000-08-11. Retrieved 2008-09-03.  
  9. ^ "Disney Settles Suit Over Sports Complex". LA Times. 2002-09-26. Retrieved 2008-09-03.  


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