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Public Stadiums and Urban Development


Studies exploring the interaction of sports stadiums and their communities have almost exclusively centered on economic impact. Less frequent in the literature are discussions of how the construction of a new urban stadium affects communities in other ways, such as the extent to which it impacts the quality of life (positively or negatively) of citizens. In nearly every stadium development case worldwide, with the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility comes the promise of economic development (or redevelopment) and enhanced livability and vibrancy in the neighborhoods surrounding the venue. As has been well established in the literature, stadium issues are often sources of significant debate among citizens and policymakers, who deliberate over cost, financing, and location at public hearings, in the media, and occasionally, at the ballot box. Embedded in these conversations are questions of urban renewal (i.e., to what degree will a new downtown stadium create jobs and spur economic growth?) and displacement (i.e., if building a new stadium downtown, what happens to those in the nearby neighborhoods, who are commonly poor and racial minorities?).

Answers to these questions have clear implications for understanding and responding to the unique and complex challenges that face cities. Therefore, research from CSUP seeks to identify the economic, social, and political consequences of urban sports stadiums. Responses address several topical perspectives, including city infrastructure and development, civic governance and public management (e.g., public–private partnerships and public stadium financing), social and economic issues of cities (e.g., job creation, local spending induced by sports developments), and urban social development (e.g., displacement of residents).

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