Conceptualizing Sport Mega-Events

  • Gonzalo A. Bravo
  • David J. Shonk
  • Jorge Silva-Bórquez
  • Silvana González-Mesina
Part of the Mega Event Planning book series (MEGAEP)


This chapter provides a broad conceptualization of sport mega-events (SMEs), including various definitions, characteristics, and classifications. The impacts and legacies of SMEs are explored, thus referring to the short-term consequences and more long-lasting factors such as economic growth and well-being of the population. Structural dimensions, size, and categories such as first-, second-, and third-order SMEs are also examined. We argue that no two types of SMEs of the same order are alike, neither are two emerging economies. Therefore, it is imperative to put attention to contextual differences when examining SMEs to help determine how these differences might affect the outcomes and processes of these events.


Impacts Legacies Context Structural dimensions First-order Second-order Third-order SMEs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gonzalo A. Bravo
    • 1
  • David J. Shonk
    • 2
  • Jorge Silva-Bórquez
    • 3
  • Silvana González-Mesina
    • 4
  1. 1.Exercise and Sport SciencesWest Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA
  2. 2.Sport & Recreation ManagementJames Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA
  3. 3.Pontifical Catholic University of ChileSantiagoChile
  4. 4.Freelance JournalistSantiagoChile

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