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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex celebrates 20 years

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Amateur and professional athletes have played more than 70 different sports at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which celebrates its 20th anniversary today.

Since it opened in 1997 the story of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort has been written through the athletes who have competed on its fields, courts and diamonds.

The grand opening of the sports complex featured the Atlanta Braves as they defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 9-7, in front of a sellout crowd of more than 10,000 at a spring training game.

Each year the complex hosts more than 100 annual athletic events. It has become a place where athletes challenge themselves, push their limits and make their sports dreams come true.

Michelle Obama spoke to hundreds of children and their parents about the importance of healthy living during the Let’s Move! health initiative February 11, 2012, at the complex. Orlando City Soccer played its full regular soccer season there in 2014. More than 500 wounded, ill and injured military personnel competed in 10 sporting events during the 2016 Invictus Games led by Prince Harry.

The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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