Sport and economic regeneration in cities

GRATTON, Chris, SHIBLI, Simon and COLEMAN, Richard (2005). Sport and economic regeneration in cities. Urban Studies, 42 (5/6), 985-999.

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Investment in sporting infrastructure in cities over the past 20 years was not primarily aimed at getting the local community involved in sport, but was instead aimed at attracting tourists,encouraging inward investment and changing the image of the city. The first example of this new strategy was seen in Sheffield with the investment of £147 million in sporting facilities to host the World Student Games of 1991. More recently, Manchester spent over £200 million on sporting venues in order to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, with a further £470 million expenditure on other non-sport infrastructure investment in Sportcity in east Manchester. In the British context, most of the cities following this strategy of using sport for economic regeneration have been industrial cities, not normally known as major tourist destinations. The drivers of such policies were the need for a new image and new employment opportunities caused by the loss of their conventional industrial base. This article analyses the justification for such investments in sport in cities and assesses the evidence for the success of such strategies.

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Page Range: 985-999
Depositing User: Richard Coleman
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 17:04
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 17:45

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