Aligning the world's No. 1 family vacation destination with the worldwide leader in sports, Walt Disney World
® Resort and ESPN have joined forces to re-imagine Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex as ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, creating an entertaining and immersive sports experience for the nearly 2 million amateur athletes, coaches and spectators who visit the sports complex each year.
The re-imagined ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex features:
- A state-of-the-art HD broadcast production facility that will capture complex event highlights and produce live events for ESPN media outlets
- High-definition video screens and "jumbotrons" bringing the complex to life with updates from around the sports world and ESPN Wide World of Sports
- ESPN Innovation Lab developing new technology to shape the future of sports broadcasting and production
- ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill with a replica SportsCenter desk and guest access to ESPN360.com, ESPN.com and more
- New and expanded amateur and elite sports events such as ESPNHS Games presented by Target
"This is a natural and exciting pairing of two powerful brands to create a one-of-a-kind, immersive sports venue that will enable athletes, coaches and guests to experience sports in a whole new way," said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Disney Parks and Resorts. "This project builds on our collaborative successes and positions us to explore more opportunities with ESPN to create new experiences for guests at Walt Disney World
"Our involvement in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will provide greater opportunities for us to connect directly with athletes, coaches and fans in a highly immersive way, as well as develop new broadcast technologies to enhance the viewing experience of sports fans across the globe" said George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN Inc. and ABC Sports, and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks. "Our involvement also provides us with a unique and exciting new media platform that will enable our advertisers and sponsors to reach new customers and bring their products and services to life."