Proposal to Host Major League Soccer Summer Tournament at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Walt Disney World Currently Pending Approval

It seems like basketball isn’t the only sport seeking sanctuary in Walt Disney World during the aftermath of COVID-19. According to ESPN, Major League Soccer plans to make its return with a summer tournament proposed to take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

With post-pandemic plans underway, the league is proposing a 26-team summer tournament; training would begin on June 1, and no fans would be present at matches once they’d begin three to four weeks later.

The proposal still needs to be approved by the MLS Players Association, plus the MLS would have to figure out COVID-19 testing for players, coaches, support staff, and hotel staff if they were to stay on-site, similar to the “bubble” concepts currently under consideration by the NBA.

Logistical components of setting up MLS at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex would include the ability to create a contained “bubble” of playing venues and lodging within private Disney property, not to mention the already-existing positive relationship between MLS and Disney.

You can read further details on the Major League Soccer-ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex proposal here.

Source: ESPN