Football Season Kickoff: What You Need to Know at Walt Disney World

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You can’t keep a football fan down–as long as games are being played, fans are going to want to watch. That includes when fans are on vacation! Thankfully, there are many places you can view football at Walt Disney World, from the comfort of your own hotel room to more public locations.

As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many operating changes throughout Walt Disney World, not all of the usual sports viewing locations are currently open. ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk, the usual go-to football destination for both vacationers and locals, is closed. At other establishments like lounges and pool bars, bar seating is prohibited and food/drinks must be consumed at tables. Resort hopping for dining is also restricted, and making plans to “just stop by” to watch a game isn’t always an option. As a result, diehard sports fans will have their options for viewing (especially of out-of-market games) extremely limited during the pandemic.

It is unclear if AMC Cinema 24 at Disney Springs will be showing out-of-market games on the big screen this season. We reached out to them for comment but they said that they didn’t “have any details to share just yet” and suggested checking their website for updates. If a schedule is eventually posted, we will let you know.

The college football schedule will remain on the lighter side all season long as a number of conferences including the Big 10 and Pac-12 have cancelled/postponed their seasons. Nevertheless, other conferences will continue play.

While you’re here, make sure to subscribe to TouringPlans.com so you can customize your Walt Disney World touring plans to include a break in the middle of the day to catch a football game! Plus get complete access to all of our other great vacation-planning tools like the Crowd Calendar, Cheapest Ticket Calculator, Dining Reservation Finder, Hotel Room Request automator, and MORE! And did you hear we now have a TRAVEL AGENCY? Book a trip to see your favorite team live in person (assuming they allow that sort of thing) or vacation to Disney destinations or anywhere else in the world right here!

So what can you expect for viewing games at Walt Disney World? Here’s what this first week looks like.

LISTINGS FOR SEPTEMBER 8-14

All times EDT. Games and listings subject to change. Make sure to check back Sunday morning for updates.

 

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE – WEEK ONE

Thursday, September 10

Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs, 8:20 PM, NBC

Sunday, September 13

Seattle Seahawks @ Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 PM, FOX

Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots, 1:00 PM, CBS

Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ New Orleans Saints, 4:25 PM, FOX

Dallas Cowboys @ Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 PM, NBC

Monday, September 14

Pittsburgh Steelers @ New York Giants, 7:10 PM, ESPN

Tennessee Titans @ Denver Broncos, 10:20 PM, ESPN

AMC Dine-In 24 Disney Springs – TBA

 

 

NCAA FOOTBALL

Saturday, September 12

12:00 PM

Arkansas State @ Kansas State, FOX

Louisiana Lafayette @ Iowa State, ESPN

Charlotte @ Appalachian State, ESPN2

1:30 PM

Louisiana Monroe @ Army, CBS Sports

2:30 PM

Duke @ Notre Dame, NBC

3:30 PM

Georgia Tech @ Florida State, ABC

Texas San Antonio @ Texas State, ESPN2

Campbell @ Georgia Southern, ESPNU

7:00 PM

Citadel @ USF, ESPNU

7:30 PM

Clemson @ Wake Forest, ABC

Tulane @ South Alabama, ESPN2

 

NFL LOOKING AHEAD

Projected Listings – Week of September 15-21

(Note: These are PROJECTIONS and all games are officially to be announced!)

Thursday, September 17

Cincinnati Bengals @ Cleveland Browns, 8:20 PM, NFL Network

Sunday, September 20

Carolina Panthers @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1:00 PM, FOX

Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans, 1:00 PM, CBS

Baltimore Ravens @ Houston Texans, 4:25 PM, CBS

New England Patriots @ Seattle Seahawks, 8:20 PM, NBC

Monday, September 21

New Orleans Saints @ Las Vegas Raiders, 8:15 PM, ESPN

Neil Trama

Neil is a radio and podcast host from Scranton, PA. He's a husband of one and father of two (one human; one dog.) When not visiting Walt Disney World he can be found at home drinking craft beers, eating pizza, and watching old school pro wrestling.

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