Mega sports events and public spaces: the case of Doha and the 2022 World Cup

Azzali, Simona (2017) Mega sports events and public spaces: the case of Doha and the 2022 World Cup. In: The Entrepreneurial City: 10th conference of the International Forum on Urbanism. pp. 453-463. From: IFOU 2017: 10th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism, 14-16 December 2017, Hong Kong.

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With the aim of diversifying its economy and developing itself as a tourist destination, in recent years, Qatar has hosted many international sports events and will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Doha, its capital city, is literally under construction, and is facing important changes in terms of transportation, infrastructure, and sports facilities. However, past experiences show that outcomes from staging major events are mostly harmful, and their legacies planned to last only for a short time. This trend is even stronger when considering how sports facilities and their surroundings are utilized after the event is over. Usually, sports venues are under-used and very costly to maintain, while their neighbourhoods are underutilized and abandoned pieces of cities. What will be left after the 2022 World Cup? How to leverage this event as a momentum of experimentation and sustainable growth of its capital city, Doha? Within this context, the aim of this research is to identify strategies to plan and maximize the post-event use of event sites and venues, and make their neighbourhoods more liveable and sustainable. The research has a specific focus on the city of Doha, which hosted the 2006 Asian Games and will host the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The study investigates firstly its public spaces, and then analyses the government's legacy plans for the 2022 World Cup. The research aims at deriving some of the most recurrent mistakes and malpractices by hosting cities, by defining a lowest common denominator' of key factors to consider when planning mega sports events and their legacies

Item ID: 54632
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
ISBN: 978-962-8272-33-4
Keywords: open public spaces, mega sports events, sustainable legacies, Doha, liveability
Funders: Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF)
Projects and Grants: QNRF GSRA1-1-1119-13007
Date Deposited: 02 Apr 2019 23:43
FoR Codes: 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330411 Urban design @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4407 Policy and administration > 440714 Urban policy @ 50%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8701 Construction Planning > 870105 Urban Planning @ 100%
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