When i think of ESPN i think of sports…but when i think of ESPN Wide World of Complex i think of race weekend. ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex opened March 1997 making it 20 years old and being only 20 it has some AMAZING and incredible history!
The complex hosts more than 100 annual athletic events and have featured more than 70 different sports for amateur and professional athletes. Here are the Top _ moments in the complex history:
March 28 1997
The grand opening included spring training from Major League baseball game featuring the Atlantic Braves as they defeated the Cincinnati Reds 9-7. The complex sold out with more than 10,000 people.
July 5-12 1997
The first AAU boys basketball national championship.
February 13- March 25 1998
The Atlantic Braves relocated to the Sports complex from West Palm Beach for spring training.
July 29- August 21 2006
Tampa Bay Buccuneer’s training camp marks the NFL pre season training at the complex
July 6 2008
Was the grand opening of the J Center, a multi sport facility that houses cheer, dance, basketball and volleyball courts
March 6-8 2009
The Inaugural Princess half marathon weekend
Oct 1-3 2010
Over 14,000 runners ran through the complex…runDisney Kid Races, 5k and Half Marathon in the Inaugural Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend
Feb 11 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to children and parents about the importance of healthy living
June 19-27 2012
AAU set the Guinness world record for the largest volleyball tournament division
Jan 13, 2013
Walt Disney World Half Marathon celebrates 20 years of running
February 27 2014
John Grudens QB camp relocated to the complex
April 15-17 2016
The Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon-Dark Side had more than 43,000 runners
May 5-12 2016
Invited Games held by Prince Henry had over 500 wounded, ill and injured military personal participate in 10 sporting events
January 25-28 2017
From Hawaii to the sports complex NFL Pro Bowl week of football events, activities and practices were held at the complex
What was your favorite memory at eh complex mine is definitely watching my little cousin roll across the finish line in her first ever Diaper Dash! It will always be my favorite memory at the ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex.