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The Construction and Location of National Sports Stadia in the UK and Ireland : Issues and Controversies

The Construction and Location of National Sports Stadia in the UK and Ireland : Issues and Controversies

Room G01 – Clore Management Centre,
Birkbeck College,
Torrington Square,
London WC1 7HX

Wednesday 24th May 2006 at 6pm

Given by:

Dr David Hassan, University of Ulster at Jordanstown

This seminar will examine issues surrounding the construction and location of national sports stadia, focusing specifically on the controversies that have beset the proposed developments at Wembley Stadium (England), the former Maze Prison site (Northern Ireland) and Stadium Ireland (Republic of Ireland). There are significant commonalities between each of the aforementioned projects. These include a failure to arrive at a consensus concerning the proposed location of any new stadium, a profound lack of leadership on the part of the project’s stakeholders and an arguably over inflated level of public investment into each of the three ventures. Not only will this seminar address these issues it will also focus on the political and sporting backdrops against which these projects have sought to unfold.

Dr Hassan is a member of the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute at the University of Ulster . He is the current Academic Editor of Sport in Society (Taylor and Francis) and has published extensively on the relationship between sport and politics in the UK and Ireland .

Reading

  • Bale, J. and Moen, L. (Eds.) (1995). The Stadium and the City . Keele: Keele University Press.
  • Hewlett, G. (Ed.) (1979). A History of Wembley . London : Brent Library Service.
  • Bairner, A. (Ed.). Sport and the Irish . Dublin : UCD Press.
  • Hassan, D. An opportunity for a new beginning: Soccer, Irish Nationalists and the construction of a new multi-sports stadium for Northern Ireland . In Soccer and Society (forthcoming).

For further details on this seminar series contact:

Sean Hamil
Department of Management
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Tel: 020-7631 6763
Email: s.hamil@bbk.ac.uk

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