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AAU wrestlers get first taste of new arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex this summer

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, the Complex opened the doors to a new multi-purpose arena that further expanded the 220-acre sports venue that is widely regarded as the leading facility for youth sports in America.

This year, AAU Wrestlers get their first taste of the new The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the AAU Scholastic Duals on June 23-28. Designed specifically for cheer and dance events, the 8,000-seat arena will hold 32 mats for this year's event and, for the first time in the event's 21-year history in Orlando, an all-girls division will compete on June 24-26.

"We are looking forward to introducing this fantastic new space to all our wrestlers this summer," said Bob Johnson, AAU Wrestling National Chairman. "ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is one of the most unique sporting venues in the country. There is no better place to host the AAU Scholastic Duals than in a facility that puts our athletes, coaches and parents in the same competition arenas as the pros."

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is one of the most unique sporting venues in the country," Dr. Goudy said. "The new arena is a fantastic new space and we are looking forward experiencing it together this weekend with our athletes, coaches and parents."

Earlier this year, AAU President/CEO Dr. Roger J. Goudy joined ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex executives to help mark the occasion with a special dedication ceremony featuring a giant ribbon-cutting, plus a cheerleading routing with Minnie Mouse in her new cheerleader uniform amid a blast of streamers.

The AAU joined the Atlanta Braves as the anchor tenants of the ESPN Complex back in 1998. Since then, the AAU has attracted more than 50,000 athletes to Disney property for national championship events in at least six sports annually.

Visit www.aauwrestling.net to register for AAU Scholastic Duals by May 28 and follow AAU Wrestling on social media for news and results from all of this summer's national championship events.

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