The Ripken Experience is going Disney World! On Tuesday, August 20, Cal joined the Ripken Baseball team in Flordia to announce a partnership between ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Ripken Baseball that will bring Ripken’s premier youth baseball tournaments to Walt Disney World® Resort beginning in 2020.
Ripken Baseball, known for delivering big-league baseball experiences to youth ballplayers, will launch with top-level youth baseball tournaments next year for ages 6-18 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World® Resort.
The Ripken Experience at Walt Disney World® Resort will encompass 11 ballfields – six youth-sized baseball fields equipped with lights for night games and five professional-sized fields, including The Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosted big-league spring training games for more than two decades.
“One of the core pillars of Ripken Baseball is to remember to have fun, so what better place to compete and maximize the family sports travel experience than right here at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort,” Ripken said. “We are thrilled to be working with such an iconic and internationally-respected brand as Walt Disney World to provide teams and their families with the most memorable experiences.”
Read the full press release here.
As part of the announcement, Cal participated in media interviews across the country, including this MLB Network segment.
Two-time MVP, 19-time All-Star, THE IRON MAN!
Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. joins us LIVE on #MLBCentral! pic.twitter.com/o6YlrEVK5d
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) August 20, 2019