Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports will be home to a few college basketball events this season!
Disney World played host to the NBA this basketball season. Players stayed onsite and games were broadcasted inside the Wide World of Sports. While they won’t be stuck inside a Disney bubble for an extended amount of time, college teams will hold some of their annual events and games inside the sports complex.
According to ESPN’s sources, college basketball teams will run ten non-conference events in November and December. All of the events will be held in controlled environments and will begin at the start of the season, November 25th. So far, eight of the events have been moved from other locations to take place at the Wide World of Sports.
Here are the ESPN events expected to move to Orlando:
- Champions Classic: Duke, Michigan State, Kansas, Kentucky
- Charleston Classic: Charleston, Florida State, Houston, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Seton Hall, Tennessee, VCU
- Myrtle Beach Invitational: Charlotte, Dayton, Loyola Chicago, Missouri, Nebraska, Penn, Pitt, Utah State
- NIT Season Tip-Off: Arizona, Cincinnati, St. John’s, Texas Tech
- Wooden Legacy: Georgetown, Kansas, UCLA, Virginia
- Orlando Invitational: Auburn, Belmont, Boise State, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Siena, Saint Louis, Xavier
- Jimmy V Classic: Gonzaga, Tennessee, Baylor, Rutgers
- Diamond Head Classic: Arizona State, Hawaii, North Texas, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Saint Mary’s, Seattle, Temple
Much like the NBA, teams will most likely be separated from the general public. As events unfold, we’ll be curious to see if Disney World continues to use its facilities to host more sports teams and large gatherings. We’ll continue to keep you updated on the developments of this in the future!
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