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American Professional Sport Facilities: Considerations for the Future


  • Chad Seifried

    (The Ohio State University)

  • Dave Shonk

    (University of Louisville)


This work reveals American professional sport facilities impose staggering financial and spatial costs on the surrounding communities and suggests three areas future professional sport facility designers should consider before partaking in future renovations or new construction opportunities. The three areas include reducing the size, considering the environment, and embracing interaction and telecommunication technology. This work supports future American professional sport facilities are quite capable of reducing their size and costs while also maintaining or creating social and financial benefits for itself and the local community. For example, the professional sport facility can support more community-oriented activities through using the ‘innards’ of the stadium to justify public money. The professional sport facility will also need to respect the physical and biological environment and can through the use of renewable sources of energy (e.g. sun, water, wind). Finally, future professional sport facilities ought to embrace interaction and telecommunication technology to help improve the spectator experience.

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  • Chad Seifried & Dave Shonk, 2007. "American Professional Sport Facilities: Considerations for the Future," IASE Conference Papers 0718, International Association of Sports Economists.
  • Handle: RePEc:spe:cpaper:0718

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    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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