Olympic Gigantism and the Multifaceted Concept of Sports Venues

  • Melina Giannakopoulou
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics book series (SPBE)


The immense growth in popularity and the universal acceptance of the Olympic ideals has led, amongst others, to an increase in all aspects of Games participation, organization, complexity and cost. Increases in the number of sports, disciplines and events, as well as competing nations, athletes and attending media, have led to a quadrupling in numbers and requirements in all Games-related areas. These increases have affected not only the number of technical officials, workforce, security, volunteers, accommodation and transport, but most notably the number and size of venues and their standards. Through literature review this paper discusses the key factors in connection to the increasing scale and scope of the Olympics and outlines the underlying problems, whilst simultaneously shedding light on the diverse and controversial attributes ascribed to sports venues, which impede their post-Games management.


Olympic gigantism Spots venues Flagships White elephants 

JEL Classification

L83 Z20 Z23 Z28 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melina Giannakopoulou
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  1. 1.Department of Sports Organization and Management, Faculty of Human Movement and Quality of LifeUniversity of PeloponneseSpartaGreece

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