The much anticipated addition to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex opened ceremoniously this past Friday, January 12th; The Arena occupies 30,000 square feet and seats 8,000.
Disney said in a release,
“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.”
According to the Disney Parks Blog, The Arena will host “a variety of sports for girls and boys, such as basketball, volleyball, gymnastics and, in particular, cheerleading and dance.” It is the first venue of this size built with an emphasis on cheerleading and dancing. In addition to more traditional athletics, eSports may also end up showcased in The Arena.
Disney has partnered with athletic groups for the creation of this new venue, primarily the cheerleading organization Varsity Spirit.
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