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Before the changeover to ESPN, the area was called Disney's Wide World of Sports.

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is an athletic complex located in Walt Disney World in Florida as a part of the Disney Parks. The complex host many amateur and professional sporting events and holds nine venues. Prior to 2009, the complex was called "Disney's Wide World of Sports"; however, Disney executives made a transition to the ESPN name in that year due to their 80% ownership of the sports network.

History

Disney built the complex over former wetlands similar to the history of Walt Disney World. The entire project cost US $100 million. The original complex includes multi-purpose fields, the Milk House (an sports arena), baseball diamonds and a baseball stadium where the Atlanta Braves hold spring training every year. A new multipurpose center, called the Josten's Center, opened in 2008.

Expansion of Complex

Disney announced plans to construct a 160,000 square foot 100-lane bowling stadium, which would be the largest in the country. It will offer stadium-style seating, a restaurant and would be completed in early 2011. The stadium would be used for events or open to guests, and would also be used as a venue to host the United States Bowling Congress tournaments, which would boost the economy by bringing guests and visitors to local hotels and restaurants.

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