Sport Facility Operations Management

1st Edition

A Global Perspective

Authors: Eric Schwarz
Paperback ISBN: 9781856178365
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 23rd December 2009
Page Count: 280


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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.

This textbook provides the theoretical foundation for sport facility operations management, and is supplemented in the text 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.

Key Features

  • Students gain a global understanding of the topic that they will be able to apply when working in the industry, anywhere in the world
  • Brings theory to life with practical insights and real life applications, drawing on the extensive industry and teaching experience of the three authors
  • The book contains short cases and examples


Sports managers who are involved in managing sports facilities.

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


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About the Author

Eric Schwarz

Dr. Schwarz has been a member of the faculty within the Division of Business and Management at Daniel Webster College since 2000. Currently holding the rank of Associate Professor, he serves as the Program Coordinator, and is the faculty advisory for the Daniel Webster College Society for Sport Management. During the 2006-2007 school year, he took a sabbatical leave to serve as a Visiting Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Ballarat in Australia. His responsibilities included teaching classes; conducting research in leisure and professional sport marketing; and developing an MBA program. Dr. Schwarz received a B.S. degree in Physical Education from Plymouth State University in 1991; a M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Salisbury University in 1992; and an Ed.D in Sport Management from the United States Sports Academy in 1998.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Sport Business, Saint Leo University, Florida, USA