PHOTO - Disney releases concept art for new 8000 seater cheer and dance venue at ESPN Wide World of Sports

Jul 26, 2016 in "ESPN Wide World of Sports"

Posted: Tuesday July 26, 2016 9:54am EDT by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has provided a first look at the new 8000 seater cheer and dance venue currently under construction at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

Currently under construction and expected to open within the next 18 months, the new venue will feature a flexible design that can host a multitude of different events. Although primarily designed to host cheerleading and dance competitions, the building can be reconfigured for other sports, such as basketball, volleyball and concerts.

In addition to the new 286,000 sq. ft. venue, the project will also include new parking lots and entrances to the complex.

ESPN Wide World of Sports is aiming to become the leading location for cheerleader and dance events in the country, and already hosts nine major events in the year, including six elite Varsity events, including the USASF Cheerleading and Dance Worlds.

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Next Big ThingApr 08, 2019

Here's the best picture I could find showing off the whole inside. It looks like it's a pretty intimate venue (holds 8K) when compared to larger arenas like Orlando's Amway Center, but it's still probably bigger than most places the cheerleaders that perform here are used to. Here's the WDWMagic article:

mm121Apr 07, 2019

Are there any photos anywhere showing the complete interior of this new venue?

Cesar R MJan 19, 2018


wdwmagicJan 19, 2018

Thanks for your valuable contribution to the thread.

Jon81ukJan 19, 2018

Quite a few uses of the arena are actually events that already happen in other places. Such as the Indiana Jones arena at DHS being used for cheer competitions. Or the marathon expos that already happen elsewhere. Also if someone is at WDW for a sports competition the majority of their time will be spent doing sports, visits to the parks is a secondary thing 🙂

disney4life2008Jan 19, 2018

Stop building dvc and sports complexes. We do not need anything else that will add more people here.

dan8302Jan 18, 2018

Get ready for the Indy theater to close now. I am convinced the only reason they didn't do something with it sooner is because of the cheer competitions. With a new home for those they can convert the space to something new.

Walt dJan 18, 2018

Could of gone with the kelly slater wave pool. And skate park. I would never leave, put the pool to lefts for me” barrel please!

dvitaliJan 18, 2018

Late news... seen these photos and story last week on Apple News app.

wdwmagicJan 18, 2018

Walt Disney World's new 8000 seat arena is now open at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

RteetzOct 31, 2017

No different than before. They had readers at the previous entrance.

danlb_2000Oct 31, 2017

I assume they are going to manage event ticketing through the bands.

Texas84Oct 31, 2017

MagicBand readers?

Cesar R MOct 30, 2017

The stadium entrances do not feel that big. Just how big is this stadium? Smaller than Houston's ?