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dc.contributor.authorThomson, A
dc.contributor.authorSchlenker, K
dc.contributor.authorSchulenkorf, N
dc.contributor.authorBrooking, E
dc.contributor.editorStephen Frawley
dc.description.abstractThe social and environmental consequences of sport mega-events have become increasingly important when trying to understand the benefits and costs of hosting such events for cities and their residents. Certainly, the most common way of evaluating the impact of these events on host cities has been to focus on economic outcomes or so-called ‘hard legacies’ (Hiller & Wanner, 2014; Preuss, 2007). However, critical occurrences such as the cost overruns of the Montreal and Atlanta Olympic Games have led to host governments and event governing bodies taking into account the broader potential of mega-events to justify hosting them (Davidson & McNeill, 2012). Thus, event bids and related marketing campaigns often tell us about the benefits that mega-events may bestow on host cities, such as community pride and the enhanced community cohesion. The possibility of regenerated urban environments and the opportunities to develop and highlight new sustainable standards, technologies and lifestyles have also been used to justify hosting mega-events. However, these intangible, or soft, opportunities are not always backed up by evidence, nor are they founded on an adequate understanding of how these results may come about. Fortunately, we now have a burgeoning body of research that is shedding light on these social and environmental outcomes. This chapter presents an overview of recent research in the areas of social and environmental consequences of mega-events, including: a) civic pride and community cohesion; b) displacement effects; and c) environmental impacts and legacies. The chapter explores this recent literature and highlights emerging issues and considerations for future research.
dc.publisher.placeUnited States
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleManaging Sport Mega-Events
dc.subject.fieldofresearchTourism not elsewhere classified
dc.titleThe social and environmental consequences of hosting sport mega-events
dc.typeBook chapter
dc.type.descriptionB1 - Chapters
dc.type.codeB - Book Chapters
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gro.griffith.authorThomson, Alana

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