To celebrate tonight’s Final of the MLS is Back Tournament between Orlando City SC and the Portland Timbers, Walt Disney World Resort temporarily lit the iconic Cinderella Castle in the two teams’ primary colors – Orlando City’s purple and Portland’s green. The specially colored Cinderella Castle honors the successful return of professional sports and the cast members who helped make the tournament happen, in addition to the improbable and magical tournament success of both teams who, like Cinderella, were not expected to have such a fairy-tale ride through this historic tournament.
The tournament, which marked the restart of the league’s milestone 25th season, brought approximately 750 players and 500 MLS staff to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for 51 matches in 35 days. Earlier this week, Guinness World Records recognized Major League Soccer (MLS) with the World Record for largest single location professional soccer tournament for the MLS is Back Tournament!
For more information about MLS visit MLSSoccer.com, and for details about ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex check out https://www.espnwwos.com/.
As a friend of mine says from time to time (read it through before you dismiss it): Sports are unimportant. Which is exactly WHY they’re so important.
Thank you, Walt Disney World and the Wide Word of Sports complex and various resort hotels, as well as MLS and NBA for bringing us a sense of normalcy in very NOT-normal times, but working hard to do so in a SAFE way.
The job these leagues and Disney has done to make this possible are laudable, and prove that if we take the proper precautions, we can get through this. It may be different for a while, but we WILL see the other side if everyone follows the recommended precautions.
This tournament was SO fun to watch and so important as an example of how to do things right! MLS was the first to successfully pull this off in the bubble and the first to showcase unified BLM support. Well done by Major League Soccer and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex!