On May 3, Walt Disney World Resort announced it will provide soccer fans with special screening opportunities for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
ESPN Wide World of Sports, Disney’s multi-sport entertainment venue, will be an official viewing location for the 19th annual FIFA World Cup, the premier global football tournament that will be hosted by South Africa. Soccer fans living in Central Florida or visiting Walt Disney World over the month-long competition will be able to see live matches broadcast on Disney-owned ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 at this location.
The 2010 matches will take place between June 11 and July 11, offering fans a month of international competition between the world’s best football teams. It is the first time that an African nation has hosted the FIFA World Cup.
The FIFA World Cup matches will be shown at ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill, which boasts seven indoor high-definition screens as well as an outdoor patio with two high-definition screens. The Grill is adjacent to the PlayStation Pavilion, which features 17 Playstation 3 consoles that also offer free WiFi, good news for fans who decide to stay a while.
Between June 11 and June 25, ESPN Wide World of Sports will offer soccer fans and Disney guests open seating for breakfast and lunch. (The Grill is normally open from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.)
For dedicated footie fans, ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill will also throw several special viewing parties. These parties will take place between June 26 – July 10, as the matches move through the Round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals, and third-place match. They will also feature limited 3D viewing of each game, and will utilize ESPN’s Virtual Playbook application to integrate video-game style graphics with real-life commentators.
In addition to providing guaranteed seating for these prize-money games, the parties will include an all-you-can-eat buffet. The Grill’s FIFA World Cup buffet will include typical sporting-event fare – hot dogs, a nacho bar, Buffalo wings – but also offer healthier choices like seasonal fruit and build-your-own-salads. Desserts and non-alcoholic drinks are included. Cost for these sports and dining experiences are $19.99 per person, per game (tax not included).
For the finals championship match on July 11, 2010, ESPN Wide World of Sports will offer a special viewing area.
Reservations for the 2010 FIFA World Cup special viewing and dining parties can be made starting May 27. Disney guests may either call the general Walt Disney World Dining number, 407-WDW-DINE (407-939-3463), or visit the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex website. More information on soccer and other athletic events held is also available on the website.
Being designated an official viewing location for the 2010 FIFA World Cup reflects ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex’s ongoing expansions of the diversity of its offerings. In 2010, the complex has also served as the site for several cheer and dance competitions, the Major League Pro Gaming Circuit, the Princess Half Marathon Expo, and ESPN The Weekend.
Future ESPN Wide World of Sports events include an expanded range of soccer matches, in addition to its already strong number of youth soccer tournaments – such as the Disney Cup International Youth Soccer Tournament and the Disney Soccer Showcases that are sponsored by the Chelsea Football Club.
The complex continues to host a variety of running, cheer, baseball, basketball and cheer and dance events. ESPN will also be the site for fencing, judo, wrestling, touch rugby, and volleyball. The complex continues to move into non-traditional areas, including an Iron Kids Triathlon and the VEX Robotics competition.
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