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1st Edition

Sport Stadiums and Environmental Justice

Edited By

Timothy Kellison

ISBN 9781032201825
Published December 14, 2022 by Routledge
278 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Table of Contents



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

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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.