Sport Facility Operations Management

A Global Perspective


  • Eric Schwarz, Associate Professor of Sport Business, Saint Leo University, Florida, USA

Sports facilities management is in the national news with reports from the BBC that three 2012 Olympic venues in London are being evaluated by accountants to see whether they will deliver value for money. The current estimate of government spending on the games is £9.3billion. There is also an ongoing debate about the fate of the 80,000 seat stadium that is being constructed for the games at a cost of £500million.

This is the first book to take a truly global look at facilities operations management in the sport industry. The lead author, Eric Schwarz, and his co-author Stacey Hall have joined forces with Simon Shibli an academic from Sheffield Hallam (a leading University for Sport Management in the UK).

Sport facilities of all shapes and sizes are an ingrained part of global sport management culture. As such, it is inevitable that students who enter into the field of sport management will interact with the management and operations of a sport facility at some point during their career.

This book is published with the sport management lecturer and student in mind, complete with a companion site.

This textbook provides the theoretical foundation for sport facility operations management, and is supplemented both in the text and in the companion site containing: schematics, planning documents, sample forms, and sample ownership/ management structures.

In addition, each author will infuse research and experiences from sport facilities around the world (North America; Europe; Middle East/ Asia; Australia and New Zealand) to ensure that a global perspective is at the core of this book.
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Sports managers who are involved in managing sports facilities.


Book information

  • Published: December 2009
  • ISBN: 978-1-85617-836-5

Table of Contents

PART I:  Evolution and Variations of Sport Facilities; Chapter 1: History of Sport Facilities; Chapter 2: Types of Sport Facilities; PART II: Pre-Management and Pre-Operations Issues; Chapter 3: Ownership Structures; Chapter 4: Financing; Chapter 5: Planning, Design, and Construction Processes; PART III: Implementation of Management and Operations; Chapter 6: Organizational Management; Chapter 7: Human Resource Management; Chapter 8: Operating Procedures; Chapter 9: Legal Responsibilities; PART IV: Management and Operations in Action; Chapter 10: Facility Ancillaries; Chapter 11: Facility Marketing; Chapter 12: Event Planning; Chapter 13: Risk Management; Chapter 14: Security Planning