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Thursday, April 5 • 3:10pm - 4:35pm
TH3.10.17 Mega-Event Planning: Sporting Events as Political Tools for Urban Growth, Regeneration, and Revitalization

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The political strategy of using global sporting events, such as the Olympics, for urban regeneration, economic growth, and global image creation, are at a cross-roads. On the one hand, previous host cities show a renewed interest in staging mega-events, e.g. Paris 2024 Olympics and Los Angeles 2028 Olympics. On the other hand, the wave of recent bid cancellations may signal the end of a mega-event era. Presentations will explore the various impacts the bidding, planning and/or hosting of events have had on their hosts economically, politically, socially, and spatially. Panelists will end the session by discussing the future of events as political tools.

Moderator: Eva Kassens-Noor, Michigan State University 

When Entrepreneurial Cities Stop Buying Mega-Events 
John Lauermann, City University of New York

A ‘Host of Priorities’: A Post Mortem of Toronto’s Recent Pursuit of Sport Development 
Robert Oliver, Virginia Tech

A Mega-Event Center and the Economics of Tourism in Las Vegas: Can A $2 Billion Stadium Payoff for The Public and Private Sectors? 
Mark Rosentraub, University of Michigan; Mackenzie Zondak, University of Michigan; Madelaine Moeke, University of Michigan; Sierra Bain, University of Michigan

Reconsidering the Mega-event Strategy: How Do the Olympics Impact Cities? 
Greg Andranovich, California State University Los Angeles; Matthew Burbank, University of Utah

Transportation Planning and Policy During Mega-Events: Boston’s 2024 Olympic Bid 
Eva Kassens-Noor, Michigan State University

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Eva Kassens-Noor

Michigan State University
“Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.”Albert Szent-Györgyi[Nobel Prize 1937]

Thursday April 5, 2018 3:10pm - 4:35pm EDT
Willow Centre (Mezzanine Floor)