Disney’s ESPN Sports Complex Wins award for Best Amateur Single Sport Event

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ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (credit: The Walt Disney Company)

Disney News: 2011 Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival lands award for ESPN Wide World of Sports

SportsTravel magazine held its annual Sports conference and Expo in Detroit this month and part of the event is award ceremony. This year, Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex snagged a spot, among other winners such as The 2012 National Football League Super Bowl XLVI, the 2012 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials and the 2012 BCS Championship Game between Alabama and LSU. The honor went to the Best Amateur Single Sport Event for the 2011 Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival, which the sports Complex helped to produce.

The Walgreens Orlando International Dragon Boat Festival

This annual event in Orlando takes place in Downtown Disney where dozens of teams travel from across North America to compete. Both recreational and competitive, the teams that race on Lake Buena Vista. Each team is quite large as the boats have a drummer, steersman and 20 paddlers.

The SportsTravel awards program

SportsTravel awards consider sporting events that are amateur, collegiate or professional and its readers nominate and then vote on each category. Some of the criteria that determine whether the sporting event is a “superior experience for competitors and spectators” are:

  • Superior organization
  • Outstanding event attendance
  • Enhancements offered by the host city or venue

Back in 2006, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has also won a SportsTravel award for the 2005 AAU 16U Girls Basketball National Championship in the category for “Best Single Sport Event” Amateur Division.

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