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All About Disney's Wide World of Sports

Disney's Wide World of Sports is an international sports complex capable of accommodating amateur and professional training events and competitions, including festivals and tournaments for more than 30 individual and team sports. One of the world’s premier sports destinations for athletes and spectators, the sports complex offers the drama and exhilarating thrill of sports nearly every day of the year. The complex includes weight training equipment and facilities, locker rooms, athletic training facilities, classrooms, office space and media facilities and serves as headquarters for most sporting events at Walt Disney World Resort.

Situated on 220 acres of Walt Disney World property along the southern boundary near Interstate 4 between Osceola Parkway and U.S. 192 in Osceola County.

  • Athletes of all ages and abilities participate in events in more than 30 sports year-round. The broad spectrum of competitors includes: youth, recreational athletes, amateurs, seniors, collegians and professionals. Spectator opportunities are also available for all those who love the exhilaration of sports at Walt Disney World.
  • The Atlanta Braves annually participate in Major League Baseball spring training at the sports complex (beginning mid-February). The Braves opened the facility with an exhibition game on March 28, 1997, and moved their spring training headquarters to Walt Disney World in 1998. The Braves’ year-round presence also includes: extended spring training (April-June), the Gulf Coast League season (June-September) and Fall Instructional League (September).
  • The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) annually conducts more than 30 championship events at the sports complex. The nation’s largest amateur sports organization moved its national headquarters to Walt Disney World Resort in 1996.
  • The Tampa Bay Buccaneers conducted their first NFL training camp at the sports complex in 2002 and captured their first Super Bowl title in franchise history. The team has returned for training camp every year since.
  • The Pop Warner Super Bowl has been played at Walt Disney World Resort since 1995 and at the sports complex since it opened. The youth football championship also annually includes the Pop Warner Cheer and Dance National Championships.
  • The NBA (National Basketball Association) relocated its annual pre-draft camp to the sports complex in June 2006.
  • Major league Baseball (MLB) selected the sports complex as a first-round site of the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.
  • The United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) conducts baseball, softball and other events throughout the year at the sports complex. The USSSA relocated its national headquarters to Osceola County, Fla., in the spring of 2003, and continues to explore new event opportunities at the complex.
  • A majority of the sports and fitness events that comprise Disney’s Endurance Series are headquartered at the sports complex. The lineup of events annually includes the Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon, the Walt Disney World Inline Marathon, triathlons, cross country and track and field events, and a handful of 5/10K road races.
  • The All Star Cafe sports-themed restaurant at the entrance to the complex is filled with baseball mitt-shaped booths and large-screen televisions. The menu features a variety of bar-fare favorites and traditional Southern dishes.
  • Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex is overseen by Reggie Williams, vice president of Disney Sports Attractions. Williams, who played 14 seasons (1976-89) in the National Football League with the Cincinnati Bengals, was named to Sports Illustrated’s listing of the “101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports” in April 2003. Other key players include: Mike Millay, director of sports events for Disney Sports Attractions, and Lee Rawls, director of Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex and Walt Disney World Golf.

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Facility Breakdown

ARCHITECTURE (Overall Facility)

  • Architect: David Schwarz (Washington, D.C.). Schwarz also designed The Ballpark at Arlington, home of Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers.
  • Design: “Florida Picturesque” style embodies a Florida- or Mediterranean-flavor design with Spanish-style roofing, blue and green accent tiling, vibrant yellow colors and symmetrical tower-like structures.
  • Venues: Champion Stadium, The Fieldhouse, Jostens Center , Hess Sports Fields, Baseball Quadraplex, Softball Complex, Tennis Complex, Track and Field Complex, including cross country, covered training facility, Production Center and Welcome Center. A state-of-the-art bowling center is coming in 2012.
  • Other amenities: Expanded retail pop-ups (four locations), ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill, PlayStation Pavilion, a welcome center and a parking lot with more than 5,000 spaces.


CHAMPION STADIUM

  • The centerpiece of the sports complex, Champion Stadium is a retro-style Major League Baseball ballpark that annually hosts MLB spring training (Atlanta Braves) and numerous amateur tournaments. With permanent seating and existing infrastructure, the facility can also host concerts, corporate hospitality functions, event opening ceremonies and other large gatherings.
  • Maximum capacity for 11,500 guests, including 9,500 permanent upper and lower deck seats (80 percent are located between first and third base), plus a grass berm in left field that offers seating for an additional 2,000+ guests.
  • Four luxury suites (all include indoor and outdoor seating areas), plus an additional suite that features a large conference room; two upper-level outdoor suites; and two mezzanine-level outdoor terraces.
  • Display booth equipped with state-of-the-art production equipment for managing in-stadium entertainment, including a 33’ 7” wide by 21’7” high jumbo screen which can display ESPN programming, customized videos, daily highlight reels and interviews from the sports complex.

PRODUCTION CENTER

  • 2,500 square foot state-of-the-art facility with eight edit bays and uplinks to ESPN in Bristol, Conn., Los Angeles and New York.
  • 56 high-definition cameras (42 robotic, 10 handheld and four studio) and 40 high-definition video screens, including 3 jumbo screens that can capture and display footage, event highlights and interviews that will broadcast throughout the complex and on various Disney and ESPN platforms.

THE FIELDHOUSE

  • Versatile indoor arena includes high arches and trusses and other architectural and design elements reminiscent of a classic 1950s style fieldhouse (capacity: 5,500). This multi-purpose facility can accommodate virtually any indoor sport that does not require ice, including basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, volleyball, martial arts, team handball, roller hockey, cheerleading and dance, trampoline and tumbling, indoor tennis, etc., in addition to concerts and conventions.
  • Room for six full-size collegiate basketball courts (four on main level and two upstairs on auxiliary court).

JOSTENS CENTER

  • A state-of-the-art multi-sport fieldhouse, Jostens Center includes space for six college-size basketball courts, or 12 regulation-size volleyball courts, or two roller hockey rinks, and four locker rooms, two conference rooms and two officials’ rooms.

HESS SPORTS FIELDS

  • The Sports Fields venue, sponsored by Amerada Hess Corporation, are large enough to accommodate a variety of outdoor sports -- soccer, football, lacrosse, baseball, field hockey, rugby, softball, cricket, etc.  The seven grass playing surfaces and four fields may be used collectively for one large event or multiple events may take place simultaneously on various fields.
  • Permanent bleacher seating is available at each field and additional bleachers may be added for larger events (capacity: 10,000).

BASEBALL QUADRAPLEX/ SOFTBALL COMPLEX

  • The Baseball Quadraplex includes four professional baseball fields and a half field (used for infield drills). The quad annually hosts MLB players during spring training and minor league players during Rookie League (Gulf Coast League) and Fall Instructional League seasons, as well as camps, clinics and tournaments for amateur and youth players.
  • The Softball Complex includes six fields that can accommodate fastpitch and slowpitch softball, as well as youth baseball (12 and younger).

TENNIS COMPLEX

  • Tennis complex includes 10 “HAR TRU” green clay courts, including a stadium court, and can accommodate events ranging from youth clinics to major professional tournaments. Formerly hosted U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships on ATP Tour (1997-2000).

TRACK and FIELD COMPLEX

  • World-class 400-meter polyurethane Track and Field Complex meets IAAF world governing body standards and measurements, and is consistent with Olympic T&F venues throughout the world.
  • The Track and Field Complex features an adaptable Cross Country Course.

ESPN WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS GRILL

  • An enlarged and enhanced sports-themed fast casual restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating located across from Champion Stadium. The restaurant contains a full bar and menu items include burgers, pizza, signature sandwiches and salads, along with a variety of desserts and beverages.
  • Includes high-definition TV screens, live radio remote capabilities and a SportsCenter desk.

ESPN INNOVATION LAB

  • New home for the Emerging Technology group at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
  • Facility develops various broadcast-related technologies that eventually may make their way to air on ESPN Networks.
  • ESPN has utilized the sports complex and its numerous sporting events to build and test future on-air applications, such as player and object tracking and player game simulation.

UNIQUE EXTRAS

  • Retail facilities: Three sports-themed merchandise locations reside at the sports complex, while customized merchandise vehicles are located throughout the other venues during individual events.
  • The Welcome Center provides assistance to sports complex guests during their visit to Walt Disney World Resort, including planning for theme park visits, dining and golf reservations.
  • The PlayStation Pavilion features 17 state-of-the-art PlayStation 3 systems, including a SingStar stage, and a collection of just-released game titles.

Athletes, Celebrities and Special Events

Grand Opening -- The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds played a Major League Baseball spring training exhibition on March 28, 1997, in the official grand opening event at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Two-sport star Deion Sanders, then the Reds' lead-off hitter and starting centerfielder, recorded the first hit, stole the first base and scored the first run in The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex history. Former Braves slugger Fred McGriff hit the first home run, as the Braves won 9-7 in front of a capacity crowd of 10,000.

Let's Get It Started -- Since its opening summer, Disney's Wide World of Sports has been a proving ground for top prep basketball players hoping to make the jump to top colleges and the NBA. The first game ever played in The Milk House was the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit in 1997, a U.S. high school versus international select team all star game that included some 10 future NBA players, including Elton Brand, Baron Davis and Dirk Nowitzki. ... The Milk House has continued to host top prep players during annual Amateur Athletic Union National Championships, as evidenced by the three first round picks from the 2004 NBA Draft who played in past AAU 17:U Super Showcase events at the sports complex -- Emeka Okafor (No. 2 pick), Houston Hoops in 2000; Luol Deng (No. 7), New Jersey Demons in 2002; and Al Jefferson (No. 15), Jackson (Miss.) Tigers in 2003. Other NBA players who competed in AAU basketball tournaments at Disney's Wide World of Sports include: Yao Ming, Richard Jefferson, Amare Stoudamire and Darius Miles.

Olympic Heroes -- Two international sports icons to light the cauldron during Summer Olympic Games opening ceremonies have visited Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Former boxing heavyweight champion and 1960 gold medalist Muhammad Ali lit the cauldron in Atlanta in 1996 and visited the sports complex in February 1999 as part of the National Consortium for Academics and Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Australian track star Cathy Freeman, who lit the cauldron in Sydney in 2000 and captured the 400m gold medal, participated in Disney's Dreamers and Doers in May 2001.

Tiger Tales -- The sports complex played host to the first-ever Tiger Woods Foundation junior golf clinic on March 16, 1997, just 12 days prior to the official grand opening of the facility. Woods hosted 150 players, ages five to 17, for an instructional session and a hitting display that left the young fans breathless. Woods also made an appearance at the All Star Cafe grand opening party at the sports complex on March 31, 1998, along with tennis great Andre Agassi and actor Cuba Gooding Jr.

Future Diamond Stars -- One of the first events in the history of Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex was a youth baseball exhibition in September 1996. The game included a pair of talented young players from Central Florida -- Zack Greinke and Prince Fielder -- who were eventually selected in the first round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft. Greinke, a pitcher from Apopka, Fla., was picked sixth overall by the Kansas City Royals, while Fielder, a first baseman and the son of former big league slugger Cecil Fielder, was picked seventh by the Milwaukee Brewers. In a sign of things to come, both youth players homered at Disney, recording two of the first round-trippers in the history of the sports complex.

First Pitches -- The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex is one of the most popular spring training ballparks in Major League Baseball. Sports celebrities and entertainers are often part of the experience, as many have taken the mound for ceremonial first pitches in front of sellout crowds. Some of the famous names who have thrown first pitches include: Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward, Tracy McGrady, NASCAR legend Richard Petty, actors Cuba Gooding Jr. and Matthew McConaughey, Derrick Brooks, Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks and football coach George O'Leary. Tiger Woods has not thrown the first pitch, but he did take batting practice with the Braves prior to a 1999 game at Disney.

Where Pro Teams Train -- Disney's Wide World of Sports is the only sports facility in the country to host training events for teams in the three primary American professional sports leagues. In 2003, the complex welcomed the Atlanta Braves (Major League Baseball), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (National Football League) and the Orlando Magic (National Basketball Association). The facility has also hosted training events for Major League Soccer franchises (1998), football teams from NFL Europe (1999), the United States Men's (1998) and Women's (1999) National soccer teams and the inaugural WNBA Pre-Draft Camp (1997). On the international front, the sports complex welcomed Scotland's Celtic Football Club for mid-season training in 2001 and 2003 and remains a warm-weather training destination for elite athletes from the British Olympic Association (BOA).

World Champs -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers moved their NFL training camp to Disney's Wide World of Sports in 2002 under new head coach Jon Gruden. The move paid dividends immediately, as the franchise captured its first-ever Super Bowl title that season. The Bucs have returned to Walt Disney World Resort for their pre-season training every year since.

A Smash Hit -- In September 1997, Disney's Wide World of Sports played host to one of the most star-studded events in its history, the World TeamTennis/Elton John All Star Smash Hits. The line-up included Elton John, Billie Jean King, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Mary Pierce, Venus and Serena Williams and others in a celebrity tennis fundraiser at Disney's Milk House.

Players Choice Awards -- Following their record-setting home run race during the 1998 baseball season, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa reunited for the first time at Disney's Wide World of Sports at the MLB Players Choice Awards. The charismatic duo posed for the cover photo of Life Magazine's Year in Pictures inside the Disney ballpark. They then took center stage while surrounded by a dizzying line-up of ballplayers, including Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Alex Rodriguez and Cal Ripken Jr., who celebrated their remarkable season achievement.

Production Value -- From commercials to made-for-TV broadcast specials, the sports complex has hosted its share of productions. Famed director/producer Spike Lee filmed a New Era cap commercial with NFL twins Tiki and Ronde Barber in 1998. ESPN has conducted multiple on-location broadcasts, including an Outside the Lines Town Hall meeting on Sportsmanship (1997) hosted by Bob Ley, the Major League Baseball Players Choice Awards (1998), The Home Depot College Football Awards (1999) and Battle of the Gridiron Stars (2005, 2006). ESPN has also conducted on location broadcasts of signature shows, such as Baseball Tonight and NFL Live.
The Old College Try -- Collegiate events have been a major part of the schedule at Disney's Wide World of Sports. Three top leagues have conducted conference championships at Walt Disney World Resort, including the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). Top women's basketball programs competed at The Milk House in the made-for-TV Honda Elite 4 Holiday Classic doubleheader (1998-2001), and men's and women's programs from all parts of the country continue to participate in the annual Disney's Division II Tip Off Classic and Old Spice Classic. More than a thousand of the nation's best and brightest student-athletes also travel to the sports complex each year for the NCAA Leadership Conference.

All Ages and Abilities -- Disney's Wide World of Sports prides itself on being a facility that athletes of all ages and abilities can enjoy and experience. The oldest competitor in sports complex history is 99-year-old archer John Piño from New Mexico, who competed in the 1999 U.S. Senior Olympics. Athletes equally as inspirational participated in the National Kidney Foundation's Transplant Games (2000 and 2002) and the 2002 Disabled Sports USA International Challenge at Disney's Wide World of Sports.

Smells Like Teen Spirit -- High school athletes from Florida and around the country continue to compete in events throughout the year at Disney's Wide World of Sports. Lacrosse, softball, baseball and track and field teams from the Midwest, Northeast and other areas have escaped winter weather back home and participated in Disney's Spring Training programs since 1997. The Kaylee Scholarship Association (KSA) has brought hundreds of prep football, basketball, wrestling, field hockey and other teams to Walt Disney World Resort for signature events. Florida High School State Championship events in lacrosse and girls volleyball have also been contested at the Disney sports complex.

Every Kid's Super Bowl -- Only a small fraction of youth sport athletes ever get the chance to compete at the college level, in the pros or on the world stage at the Olympics. Disney's Wide World of Sports aspires to give every athlete who enters the complex the experience of a lifetime. This goal is evident in the Pop Warner Super Bowl, Major League Baseball R.B.I. World Series and others that give kids from less fortunate backgrounds the opportunity to travel to Walt Disney World Resort and compete at world-class facilities.

Concerts, Congratulations and Corporate Groups -- The sports complex offers a handful of unique venues that push the envelope well beyond what traditional convention facilities can host. From The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex to the Sports Fields, the complex has played host to a Stevie Wonder concert during a theme park opening party, numerous corporate team-building events, graduation ceremonies for area high schools and even a Homecoming event for Florida National Guardsmen and their family members.

Sporting Events

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is home to more than 300 events each year, accommodating 60 different sports, and drawing athletes from more than 70 countries. Competitors range from the young to the old, from the amateur and highly skilled to the Special Olympian and the weekend warrior. Below are a handful of signature events:


Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA (January)
The Walt Disney World Marathon began in 1994 and takes runners along a magical 26.2-mile journey through all four Disney theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom).  Known as one of the top family-destination races, marathon weekend attracts more than 55,000 runners and their families (more than 100,000 people total) to enjoy the weekend’s activities - Kids Races, a Family 5K, half marathon, marathon and Health and Fitness Expo.
 
Tom Shaw Performance Camp (February)
Since 2006, renowned speed and conditioning coach Tom Shaw has trained some of the top NFL players at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Notable athletes include Deion Sanders, Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes (Pittsburgh Steelers), 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison (Pittsburgh Steelers), Calvin Johnson (Detroit Lions), Glenn Dorsey (Kansas City Chiefs), Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans) and Devin Hester (Chicago Bears).
 
Atlanta Braves Spring Training (February-March)
On March 27, 1997, the Atlanta Braves exhibition game versus the Cincinnati Reds marked the grand opening of the sports complex. Led by manager Bobby Cox and perennial all-star Chipper Jones, the Braves enjoyed a string of nine straight division titles while at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and now feature one of the most promising young teams in baseball.
 
Cheerleading Worlds Championship (April)
Considered the Super Bowl of cheerleading events, the Cheerleading Worlds Championship features the globe’s best cheerleading squads. Participation in the event has grown dramatically from three international teams representing two countries to more than 100 teams (8,500 cheerleaders) from 40 countries.
 
AAU Boys Basketball National Championships (July)
The tournament features some of the top high school-age players from across the country. Known as a breeding ground for future NBA stars (Lebron James, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade), the event attracts NCAA coaches from the top basketball programs, making it the premier collegiate recruiting event in the nation.
 
ESPN RISE Games presented by Target (July)
The multi-sport festival anchored by several elite high school sports events including the AAU 17-under Boys Basketball Super Showcase, the Under Armour High School Softball All-American game and the Gridiron Kings, an elite 7-on-7 football event. The event also includes an open division for baseball, basketball, field hockey, lacrosse and track and field competitions.
 
Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend (debuts October 2010)
The Disney Wine and Dine Fall Half Marathon Weekend will make its debut Oct. 1-2, 2010. The nighttime race will take participants through multiple theme parks and will culminate at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival for an exclusive after-hours party. The weekend will include Mickey’s Halloween Family Fun Run 5K, Kids Races and the event’s first-ever half marathon two-person relay.
 
Children’s Miracle Network Classic (November)
Since 1971, the PGA TOUR’s most magical stop has taken place at Walt Disney World Resort. The Palm and Magnolia golf courses play host to the final tournament of the PGA TOUR Fall Series. Notable winners of the event include Jack Nicklaus, who won the first three Classics (’71-’73), Payne Stewart (’83), Tiger Woods (’96, ’99), Vijay Singh (’04), Davis Love III (’08) and Stephen Ames (’07,’09).
 
Old Spice Classic (November)
The premier pre-season Division I event is an eight-team, 12-game men’s basketball tournament that takes place over Thanksgiving weekend and features some of the top collegiate teams in America. Past winners include Arkansas (2006), North Carolina State (2007), Gonzaga (2008) and Florida State (2009).  Competing this year will be Notre Dame, Temple, Boston College, California, Georgia, Manhattan College, Texas A&M and Wisconsin.  
 
The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards/Disney Spirit Award (December)
The star-studded awards show features the live presentation of nine of college football’s most prestigious awards, along with Disney’s Spirit Award. The event takes place at Atlantic Dance Hall at Disney’s BoardWalk. Disney’s Spirit Award has been presented annually to college football’s most inspirational figure since 1996, including Tim Tebow in 2008 and Mark Herzlich in 2009.
 
Pop Warner Super Bowl (December)
Sixty-four of the top youth football teams in the nation compete in this week-long Super Bowl after advancing through regional competitions. National crowns will be won in four divisions based on size and age - Jr. Pee Wee (ages 8-11 yrs.), Pee Wee (9-12 yrs.), Jr. Midget (10-13 yrs.) and Midget (11-15 yrs.). The Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships also takes place, bringing together thousands of cheerleaders from across the country.
 
Disney’s Soccer Showcase presented by Chelsea Football Club (December)
Widely regarded as the leading elite youth soccer tournament in the nation, this event annually attracts the top high school-aged boys and girls soccer players from across the country. The tournament features more than 500 teams (roughly 9,500 athletes). More than 800 college coaches attend, making it the place where top college prospects are recruited.

Fun Facts

Green Acres -- The complex has 105 acres of the finest Tifway 419 Bermuda sports turf, enough to sod an entire 18-hole golf course.

Even on Rainy Days -- Fields are always in playable condition, thanks to drainage systems that remove 5-7 inches of rainfall or more per hour.

Laying the Foundation -- 750,000 tons of orange grove sand was imported and spread throughout the property during the first stage of the sports complex construction process.

All Wired Up -- With more than 26 miles of state-of-the-art electrical conduit and fiber optics technology, the complex has the capacity to broadcast four sporting events simultaneously.

 A Cut Above the Rest -- The only double-decker spring training baseball stadium in Florida, the home of the Atlanta Braves - The Ballpark at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex - is also the state's tallest spring training ballpark at 100 feet high.

Not a Bad Seat in the House -- The ballpark seats are the roomiest in the industry at 21 inches wide -- 80 percent of which are in prime viewing areas between first and third base.

Buy Me Some Peanuts and Cracker Jacks -- Fans will not miss a single pitch thanks to a pair of concession stands that face the field inside the ballpark.

That Old Time Feel -- Reminiscent of 1950s-style architecture, the ceiling trusses in The Milk House (fieldhouse) are 83 feet high and include no catwalks.

The Wood That Makes it Good -- The Connor Sports Flooring in The Milk House uses a state-of-the-art shock system and consists of two types of environmentally protected hardwood, both specially imported from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The permanent surface throughout The Milk House is Type 1 maple wood, while the main arena parquet floor is a darker Type 3 maple wood.

Pumpin' Iron -- Every athlete at the complex has access to the finest Hammer Strength equipment in The Milk House's 3,000-square-foot weight room.

Cool as Ice -- The Milk House is cooled by the two largest air conditioning units on Walt Disney World Resort property.

On the Fast Track -- The double-layer polyurethane surface at the track and field complex is resilient enough for both training and high performance competition.

Always Something to See -- Double straight-aways allow sprint and hurdle races on both sides of the track, while the dual directional pits and runways allow two competitions to take place at the same time in each of the field events, regardless of wind direction.

Eyes on the Skies -- Two state-of-the-art Data Tracking Network weather stations at the complex provide up-to-the-minute information about storms and other meteorological activity that could affect play.

Shop 'Til You Drop -- A pair of retail merchandise shops - D Sports and Disney's Clubhouse - are located at the complex. D Sports, adjacent to the ticket office, includes all types of general sports and Disney character merchandise, while Disney's Clubhouse, inside the ballpark, offers authentic Major League Baseball uniforms and other baseball merchandise and memorabilia.

All Star Dining --The All Star Cafe is a sports-themed restaurant filled with all types of sports memorabilia, photos, baseball mitt-shaped booths, and large-screen televisions. The restaurant is located adjacent to the entrance to the sports complex.

Just Doing It -- More than 150,000 athletes of all ages and abilities participate in events annually at the sports complex, while another 35,000 compete in Disney's Endurance Series, including the Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon, the Walt Disney World Inline Marathon and Half Marathon, the Walt Disney World Minnie Marathon, triathlons and other events.

Games, Games and More Games -- In one year, Disney's Wide World of Sports competition schedule included more than 3,000 basketball games, 2,400 softball games, 1,800 baseball games and 3,900 soccer matches.

Attendance Mark -- The Ballpark at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex has been the spring training baseball home of the Atlanta Braves since 1998. The single-game stadium attendance record is 11,431 from the Braves-Yankees game on March 27, 2006. In 2004 the Braves led the 18-team Grapefruit League in spring training attendance with a mark of 136,446 over 16 games, including seven sellouts.

No. 42 -- During the spring of 2004, Disney's Wide World of Sports unveiled a special No. 42 tribute inside The Ballpark at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex to Jackie Robinson, the Hall of Fame Brooklyn Dodger who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947. Similar to tributes in big league stadiums across the country, Robinson's No. 42 is framed within the image of a baseball. It resides inside the ballpark for fans to see during Braves spring training and other events throughout the year.

Where Pro Teams Train -- Disney's Wide World of Sports is the only sports facility in the country to host training events for teams in the three primary American professional sports leagues -- Atlanta Braves (Major League Baseball), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (National Football League) and NBA pre-draft training camp (National Basketball Association). On the international front, the sports complex also welcomed Scotland's Celtic Football Club.

Ice Dream in Florida -- In April 2004 Disney's Wide World of Sports played host to one of the largest corporate special events in the history of Central Florida. The event included more than 1,500 sales representatives from a leading athletic footwear and apparel company. Proving that virtually any event set-up is possible, the sports complex accomplished the improbable, overseeing the construction of several temporary athletic facilities in the Town Green area, including an outdoor ice rink ... in 90-degree temperatures!

Venue Expansion -- Disney's Wide World of Sports unveiled its first-ever venue expansion in August 2004 with the addition of the 20-acre Hess Sports Fields. Sponsored by Amerada Hess Corporation, a leading company in the petroleum industry, the venue includes four new multi-sport fields for soccer, football, lacrosse and other sports, as well as four new diamonds for baseball and softball. The fields offer event opportunities for more than 10 sports.