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ESPN Zone

ESPN Zone is a restaurant at Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, formerly a restaurant chain that included arcades, TV studios, and radio studios, formally owned by the American cable network ESPN. The first ESPN Zone opened in Baltimore, Maryland, on July 11, 1998, in the Power Plant on the Inner Harbor. This was a pivotal moment in Disney's history as it was the first ever major business venture outside of Disney's highly controlled theme parks. Producer for the grand opening event was Paulette Wolfe Entertainment, Ivan Healy Purvis was charged with the task of production director advising Disney on the best systems and logistics of this ground breaking event. It transformed what was once a massive brick building that housed coal-fired generators for the city trolley system into a dining and entertainment complex. It proved to be a cornerstone in the development of Baltimore's Inner Harbor before its sudden closure in June 2010.

In June 2010, all but two locations were shuttered, with the remaining restaurants located in Southern California. As part of the decision by The Walt Disney Company through their Disney Regional Entertainment division to no longer operate the restaurants in 2010, they sold the rights to operate the location in Anaheim to Zone Enterprises of Anaheim, a subsidiary of the Walt Disney Company, and the Los Angeles location to Anschutz Entertainment Group, the company that owns the L.A. Live and Staples Center locations. The L.A. Live location, housed in the ESPN West Coast headquarters building, closed in July 2013.

There is also a restaurant called ESPN Club at Disney's BoardWalk Inn and an ESPN Grill at ESPN Wide World of Sports, both located within the Walt Disney World complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. However, they are not related to ESPN Zone restaurants.

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