Walt Disney World Reportedly Reworking Hotel Spaces to House NBA League for Remaining 2020 Season
Throughout the pandemic, sports have ceased to exist, and many leagues are trying to find ways to finish off the season. The NBA has been considering Walt Disney World as their designated location to finish out the 2019-2020 season.
Back in April, Cast Member-turned-Sports Commentator Keith Smith proposed the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Walt Disney World as an ideal “bubble-like” location. Logistical components of setting up the NBA 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 the NBA and Disney. For more details on Keith Smith’s ESPN Wide World of Sports proposal, we highly recommend reading his full post here.
Walt Disney World has begun the early stages of re-working some of their hotel spaces for housing the NBA and their needs. The Wide World of Sports Complex has also had some work done in anticipation of hosting the NBA and possibly MLS, per Disney sources.
Walt Disney World has been reportedly re-working some of their hotel spaces to best accommodate the NBA to finish their season, according to sources by Keith Smith. (It’s unknown what exact resorts are involved in this re-working.)The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex has also undergone some changes in anticipation of hosting the NBA, and possibly even the MLB.
I'm told from an NBA source: "Finishing the season at Disney isn't a done deal. But the fact that it is a private property and controlling access can be done far easier than other proposed sites is something we consider to be heavily in Disney's favor. That's very important."
However, this is not a completed deal, according to an NBA source. Smith has been posting facts about the Walt Disney World property this afternoon, such as the size and logistics that would go into this transition if it becomes a finalized decision.
The NBA has Orlando/Disney World as a clear frontrunner for return-to-play site for resuming 2019-20 season, sources tell me and @sam_amick. Orlando has gained significant seriousness among other cites such as Las Vegas.
Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium has also tweeted this afternoon regarding the future home for the NBA season. He too was another commentator on this matter back in April.
Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger has been in talks with the NBA, giving advice on how the company has dealt with its theme parks, theaters, and ESPN since the COVID-19 outbreak. Although nothing is confirmed yet, the possibility of this becoming a reality is quickly drawing near.