The Infrastructure, Facility, and Institutional Legacies of the 1988-2008 Olympic Games

By Dean Baim and Marilyn Misch.

Published by The Sport Collection

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Olympic host cities invest heavily in venues and infrastructure in preparation for sixteen days of competition. In addition, they often undertake or accelerate projects designed to enhance the appeal of the city. This paper surveys the long-term effects of these investments on the cities that hosted the 1988-2008 Olympic Games, as well as the institutional legacy on the Olympic movement. A unique contribution of this paper is its inclusion of the impact on host cities for the Winter Games- a topic often overlooked. The paper reveals an apparent causal relationship between fiscal discipline, clear objectives, careful planning, and success.

Keywords: Olympic Games, Legacy, Winter Games, Summer Games, Venues, Infrastructure Investment, Calgary, Seoul, Albertville, Barcelona, Lillehammer, Atlanta, Nagano, Sydney, Salt Lake City, Torino, Beijing

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.25-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 667.358KB).

Dean Baim

Professor of Economics and Finance, Business Administration Division, Seaver College, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, USA

Dean Baim is a professor of economics and finance at Pepperdine University. He is the recognized authority in the economic impact of sports stadiums and arenas on local communities and the financing of sports stadiums. He is the author of “Sports Stadiums as a Municipal Investment (Greenwood Press, 1994). He, and co-author Marilyn Misch, wrote “Beijing Olympics 2008: What Kind of Games to You Want to Play?” which appeared in “Review of Business Research”. Professor Baim also teaches a class in sports management at the UCLA Anderson School of Business.

Marilyn Misch

Associate Professor of Accounting, Business Administration Division, Seaver College, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, USA

Marilyn Misch is an associate professor of accounting. She is the recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. Along with co-authoring “Beijing Olympics 2008: What Kind of Games do You Want to Play?” with Dean Baim, Professor Misch has written several articles on international accounting, finance, and marketing.