Co-Hosting Major Sport Events – an Emerging Trend

Stefan Walzel, Becca Leopkey

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Criticisms of hosting major sport events have increased significantly in recent years. Rising costs as well as negative outcomes in economic, ecological and social terms question the legitimacy of hosting major sport events. One-way sport event organisers and international sport federations have responded to this change is by engaging with the concept of co-hosting sport events. That is to say, to share hosting responsibilities for the event between multiple nations, regions or cities. Both the number of bids to co-host and the actual hosting of major sport events by at least two locations have significantly increased in the last couple of decades. This chapter provides an overview of the evolution of co-hosted sport events, their characteristics and manifestations. Furthermore, the management of co-hosted sport events is considered as a strategic alliance and special features are presented in relation to the four phases of the sport event management process. Here the focus will be on the motives (analysis), the bidding process (planning), the challenges of successfully implementing co-hosted sport events (implementation), and the analysis of the outcomes (evaluation). At the end of the chapter, implications and conclusions for sport event stakeholders are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch Handbook on Major Sporting Events
EditorsHarry Arne Solberg, Rasmus Storm, Kamilla Swart
Number of pages13
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
Publication date2024
Pages426 - 438
ISBN (Print)978 1 80088 564 6
Publication statusPublished - 2024


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