With ‘First Five’ Help, ESPN Opens New Digital Center

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) _ Sports broadcaster ESPN is opening its new digital broadcast center on its Bristol campus.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and ESPN president John Skipper on Monday morning will record the first broadcast from the studios, which will be the new home of the network’s signature “SportsCenter” show, among others.

The state-of-the-art 193,000 square foot building is the cornerstone of ESPN’s expansion in Bristol, where it was founded in 1979.

The $125 million center was built with the help of a state package that included a $17.5 million loan, up to $1.2 million in job-training grants, and up to $6 million in tax exemptions on capital equipment and construction materials.

The deal was part of the state’s “First Five” job creation program for businesses agreeing to bring more jobs to Connecticut.

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