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2007, ABA Announces Multi-Year Agreement With Disney's Wide World of Sports®

  • Written by Jos Wissink
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Waalre, January 21st 2007

Gilbert, Arizona—April 5, 2007
The American Bicycle Association ( ABA ) has signed a multi-year agreement with Disney Sports Attractions to host National bicycle motocross (BMX) race events. The events will be held at Disney's Wide World of Sports® complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The first event, the Fall Nationals will be held October 25-28, 2007 and is just the first of several events planned for the Disney Sports complex.

The ABA has structured the Disney events as family adventures, allowing BMX racers and their families to enjoy the Walt Disney World® Resort and race an ABA National event. Disney's Wide World of Sports® complex will provide an unique location that has never before been experienced in the sport of BMX. The 220-acre sports complex host over 180 professional and amateur sporting events each year. The variety of events include major league baseball, tennis, marathons, soccer and even paintball. The sport of BMX is one of the very first “Action Sports” to host a national level event at this site.

“The ABA is excited to partner with Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex. BMX has continued to grow and offering events that are destination driven are a natural progression. Our members will see the ABA continue to work with Disney over the coming years to provide magical races in Florida!”, said Clayton John , President of the ABA .

The Walt Disney World® Resort will offer special travel packages for the racers and their families during the week of the Disney Wide World of Sports ABA Fall Nationals. In addition to racing, the ABA will offer special Pro Clinics and other special events that will make this a must attend Disney vacation. Specially priced travel packages are being offered and you can read more information at www.ababmx.com.

"BMX racing is one of the hottest emerging sports in America, making this ABA event a perfect fit among the growing list of nationally-recognized sports events taking place at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Bringing this action sports event to our complex represents another step in our commitment to broaden the variety of prestigious sports events we're able to offer athletes and guests.”, stated Kellen Winslow , Director of New Business for Disney's Wide World of Sports ®.

About Disney's Wide World of Sports® Complex

Opened in 1997 at Walt Disney World, Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex is the premier sports venue for amateur and professional sports in the United States. The sprawling 220-acre­state-of-the-art­complex features the Milk House, a 165,000 square foot field house which seats 5,000 for basketball; the 9,500 seat Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex; and the Hess Sports Fields, which include multiple baseball, softball and soccer fields. In addition, the complex has 10 tennis courts, including a stadium court, and a track and field complex. The complex is home to more than 180 amateur and professional sports events each year, including the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp, the Major League Baseball Atlanta Braves spring training and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays - Texas Rangers regular season series, the Pop Warner Super Bowl and AAU National Championship events.

To learn more about the Disney's Wide World of Sports® complex visit www.disneysports.com

About the American Bicycle Association

The ABA (American Bicycle Association), formed in 1977 and headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, is “The Sanctioning Body of BMX”©. The ABA organizes BMX racing for boys, girls and adults, nationwide and Canada. With 60,000 active members, 274 racing facilities and a 27 event-national race schedule; ABA is the largest promoter of action sports. For additional press information about ABA, the sport of BMX, ABA events or Professional racers, call bonspeed Media; (714) 666-1999. To find races in your area or view the national event schedule, visit www.ababmx.com.

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