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New Venue Planned at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports

Walt Disney World has submitted documents to the state of Florida to build a 286,000-square-foot venue at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Plans say the gross square footage would be 286,000 and the building footprint would be 180,000 square feet. The current Jostens Center gymnasium is 70,000 square feet.

The new project would be on 10 acres and includes additional parking.

The Wide World of Sports currently hosts numerous cheerleading events that includes The Cheerleading Worlds Championship held each April.

Cheerleading competitions have been held at Walt Disney World since 1980, when Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) hosted the first National High School Cheerleading Championship. They also host the National All-Star Cheerleading Championship, and the College Cheerleading National Championship at Walt Disney World Resort. All of the events air on ESPN.

The plans filed with the South Florida Water Management District do not specify what the sports venue would be, and Disney does not provide details. However, rumors circulate throughout the cheerleading industry that this arena could be named “Varsity Arena.”

The complex opened in 1997 and currently has a number of facilities for sports from baseball to tennis. Other buildings on the complex include the HP Field House and the Jostens Center.

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