Fostering Community Development through Sporting Events Strategies: An Examination of Urban Regime Perceptions1,2

in Journal of Sport Management
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  • 1 University of Windsor
  • | 2 University of Alberta
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This article examines the perceptions of members of urban regimes in three cities: Edmonton, Manchester, and Melbourne, regarding the use sporting events for broadbased community outcomes. In Edmonton, members of the urban regime interviewed did not perceive the sporting events strategy to be directly tied to community development objectives. In Manchester and Melbourne, regime members believed that the use of events for development was uniquely tied to communities and community development goals. In addition, regime members in the latter two cities provided examples of symbolic attempts to foster community around the sporting events strategies. While this study could not reveal whether attempts to meet the needs of local communities were being achieved through the sporting events strategies, it is at least encouraging to note that those who control resources and conceive of, oversee, and implement growth strategies within cities view community development as important to these strategies.

Misener is with the Dept. of Kinesiology, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4, Canada. Mason is with the Dept. of PE and Recreation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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