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ESPN Wide World of Sports official re-opened

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex was officially rededicated today with a sports and ESPN celebrity filled event complete with a ‘Green’ carpet. I’ve got some celebrity photo highlights below along with a video of the actual ceremony, which I must say started everything off with a real kick.

Mike and Mike of the ESPN Radio morning show sign autographs along the ‘Green Carpet’

Chad OchoCinco gave a great interview and was very good with his fans.

Brandi Chastain, US Women’s Soccer star. A funny note, my first official Disney Media Event was covering the 1999 US Women’s World Cup Championship US Team at Disneyland. So this was sort of full circle for me.

Tim Hudson, pitcher for the Atlanta Braves. The Braves have spring training at WWOS every year since it opened.

Garrett Hartley, kicker for the New Orleans Saints, 2010 Super Bowl Champs.

Jennie Fitch, Olympic Gold Medalist in Women’s Softball.

Maurice Jones-Drew, running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Finally, here’s a video of Garrett Hartley with special guest Minnie Mouse and a whole crew of helpers opening the ESPN Wide World of Sports with one amazing kick.

A big thanks to everyone involved in putting together this wonderful event. It was spectacular!

5 thoughts on “ESPN Wide World of Sports official re-opened”

  1. I wouldn’t be surprised to see an ESPN branded hotel built close by in the near future. Or, perhaps they could finish the other half of Pop Century and give it an ESPN branding. Regargless, they’re starting to host more and more events there and transportation to/from has always been sporadic. I know they’re changing that now, but still, a hotel right there within the complex, might be sustainable soon.

  2. Based on my conversations with those in charge at ESPN WWOS, I don’t see a hotel on the complex anytime soon. They see their role as being one part of a complete Disney vacation for athletes. But I do see a need for more activities for non-competing athletes to partake in. Right now they have Playstation Pavilion and… um, nothing else. A 100 lane bowling alley is in the works, but ground hasn’t broken yet. I’d like to see something like a ‘Sportscenter the Experience’ attraction where you get to be an ESPN on-air personality for a day, or something like that.

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