The role that sports facilities are considered to play in the regeneration of urban areas has been well documented. Several cities bidding to host the Summer Olympic Games have citied urban regeneration as part of their motivation for hosting the Games. This strategy has trickled down so that smaller events and single facilities are now expected to stimulate further economic benefits and physical regeneration. However, not all developments have delivered on these expectations and many are poorly integrated into the urban fabric, disconnected from developments around them by road networks and large parking lots.
This book presents a review of stadia development from football stadia and cricket grounds constructed in dense urban areas, to Olympic campus developments and relocated football stadia in suburban and edge city locations. The chapters will compare their impacts on and relationships to their surrounding area using a range of international case studies, and reviews attempts to retrofit some developments. Using illustrations and photographs, this book presents a new hierarchy of sports facilities that seeks to further inform the debate on stadia redevelopment and provide architects, urban designers, landscape architects and planners with a catalogue of best practice case studies to inform future designs.