Feb. 26, 2001
Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford announced earler this year that the ACC will send eight of its spring championships -- women's lacrosse among them -- to Orlando, Florida, and Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex between April 19-22, 2001. Men's and women's golf, lacrosse, tennis and outdoor track & field are the eight championships that are slated to take place that weekend at Disney's world-class facilities.
The 2001 ACC SpringFest is the highlight of a four-year relationship with Disney's Wide World of SportsTM Complex. The 200-acre facility began hosting ACC Championships in 1997 with men's soccer followed by women's soccer and men's and women's outdoor track & field in 1998 and volleyball in 1999. In addition to the five league championships, the popular ACC Disney Baseball Blast had its three-year stint from 1998-2000 featuring all nine ACC institutions during that time period.
"The Atlantic Coast Conference and Disney's Wide World of SportsTM Complex have formed a unique relationship. By sending our student-athletes to their world-class facilities and housing those athletes in close proximity, we are able to create a bowl-like environment for our Olympic sports," states Swofford.
For the first time in ACC history, all student-athletes and coaches will be housed in the same area (a series of hotels along a half-mile stretch of Palm Drive in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.), providing an Olympic Village style of experience for those 1,000 athletes participating in the championships.
During the four days of competition, men's and women's track & field and lacrosse will be held at Disney's Wide World of SportsTM Complex. Men's and Women's golf will be located at Disney's Palm and Disney's Magnolia Golf Courses, which annually host a PGA TOUR stop in Orlando. The men's and Women's tennis championships will be held at the Lake Cane Tennis Center located just off the Walt Disney World property.
Disney's Wide World of SportsTM Complex is spread over 200 acres and hosts more than 30 sports in professional and amateur competition and training in the heart of the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort. The state-of-the-art facility includes nine venues and is home to more than 40 Amateur Athletic Union National Championships, the Atlanta Braves Spring Training, the Orlando Rays minor league baseball, the Harlem Globetrotters training camp and holiday series, the only permanent version of the NFL Experience and the Official All Star Cafe. To enhance the experience of the participants and spectators at this years spring championships, Disney's Wide World of SportsTM Complex has partnered with Anthony Travel, the Official Travel Planner for the ACC Springfest.
Anthony Travel (ATI) is a full-service travel management company with unparalleled expertise in sports travel, and has worked with Disney Sports Attractions since the opening of their doors in 1997. Since 1997, Anthony Travel has serviced over 10,000 athletes and 15,000 spectators attending sporting events at Disney's Wide World of SportsTM Complex. For spectator transportation and packages please call the Sports Team at Anthony Travel at 1.800.736.6377 or visit www.anthonytravel.com.
"The ACC Springfest is a perfect culmination to the numerous Atlantic Coast Conference events that have highlighted our schedule at Disney's Wide World of SportsTM Complex," said Reggie Williams, vice-president of Disney Sports Attractions. "The ACC represents the best in college athletics and we are thrilled to welcome so many talented student-athletes, coaches and family members to Central Florida for this unique Olympic-style event."
In summary, Swofford states, "The Disney experience is consistently mentioned by many of our schools' student-athletes as the highlight of their ACC Championship experience. What the ACC SpringFest at Disney's Wide World of SportsTM Complex all adds up to is a great opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans. We believe this event will be remembered by many of them long beyond their collegiate careers. We're proud to be partnering with the excellent staff at Disney Sport Attractions to bring this weekend to fruition."
For more information contact the Sports Team at Anthony Travel 1-800-736-6377 or visit us at www.anthonytravel.com.