1st Edition

Sport Stadiums and Environmental Justice

Edited By Timothy Kellison Copyright 2023
    278 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the local environmental impact of sports stadiums, and how that impact can disproportionately affect communities of color. Offering a series of review articles and global case studies, it illustrates what happens when sport organizations and other public and private stakeholders fail to factor environmental justice into their planning and operations processes.

    It opens with an historical account of environmental justice research and of research into sport and the natural environment. It then offers a series of case studies from around the world, including the United States, Canada, Kenya, South Africa, and Taiwan. These case studies are organized around key elements of environmental justice such as water and air pollution, displacement and gentrification, soil contamination, and transportation accessibility. They illustrate how major sports stadiums have contributed positively or negatively (or both) to the environmental health of the compact neighborhoods that surround them, to citizens’ quality of life, and in particular to communities that have historically been subjected to unjust and inequitable environmental policy. Placing the issue of environmental justice front and center leads to a more complete understanding of the relationship between stadiums, the natural environment, and urban communities.

    Presenting new research with important implications for practice, this book is vital reading for anybody working in sport management, venue management, mega-event planning, environmental studies, sociology, geography, and urban and regional planning.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    PART I


    1 Considering Environmental Justice in Sport: Green Fields, Gray Skies

    Timothy Kellison

    2 Stadiums, Gentrification, and Displacement: A Comparative Overview of U.S. Cities

    John Lauermann

    3 Indigenous Environmental Justice in U.S. and Canada Sport Stadiums

    Alisse Ali-Joseph, Kelsey Leonard, and Natalie M. Welch

    4 Environmental Impacts of Shadow Stadia

    Taryn Barry, Daniel S. Mason, and Lisi Heise

    5 Stadiums and State Environmental Policy Acts

    Kellen Zale


    Case Studies

    6 Stadiums, Race, and Water Infrastructure: Flooding on Atlanta’s Southside

    Marni Davis, Richard Milligan, and Andy Walter

    7 Intracity Team Relocation and Environmental Justice in Baltimore

    Jessica R. Murfree and Walker J. Ross

    8 Old and New Stadium Development in Miami

    Laura Sivels

    9 Stadia and Community Stewardship: Community Benefits and Public Finance for New York’s Yankee Stadium

    Austin H. Thompson and Kyle S. Bunds

    10 The Anacostia Waterfront Initiative, Nationals Park, and Environmental Justice in Washington, D.C.

    Michael Friedman

    11 Cape Town’s 2010 FIFA World Cup Stadium Location and Its Spatial and Environmental Justice Implications

    Aadil Engar and Jacques du Toit

    12 Settler Colonialism as Environmental Injustice: Rogers Place and Edmonton

    Chen Chen and Judy Davidson

    13 Micro Land Grabbing of Sporting Grounds in Nairobi: A New Form of Environmental Justice at Play

    Stephanie Gerretsen

    14 Politics and Decision-Making in the Taipei Dome Complex Project

    Chun-Chieh Lin

    15 Seattle and Climate Pledge Arena: A Progressive and Sustainable Arena that Must Integrate Equity and Increase Accountability

    Alex Porteshawver


    Timothy Kellison is Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Sport and Urban Policy at Georgia State University, USA. His research is primarily focused on sport in the urban environment, with special emphasis in sport ecology, urban and regional planning, public policy, and politics. He is coeditor of the Routledge Handbook of Sport and Sustainable Development and the Routledge Handbook of Sport and the Environment.