Re-defining temporal notions of event legacy : lessons from Glasgow's Commonwealth Games

Rogerson, Robert J. (2016) Re-defining temporal notions of event legacy : lessons from Glasgow's Commonwealth Games. Annals of Leisure Research, 19 (4). pp. 497-518. ISSN 1174-5398

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Abstract

Recent research into legacies derived from major sporting and cultural events has highlighted the need to explore more critically the ways in which such legacy is defined and assessed in specific contexts and how different approaches to production of legacy are being created. This paper examines how, associated with the XX Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow in the summer of 2014, there has been an attempt to redefine temporal notions of event legacy. In particular, the focus is on the creation of measurable and visible legacies in advance of the event. Using two illustrations associated with increasing participation in sport and physical activity and community regeneration, the paper considers how such re-framing has helped to generate early legacies but also created challenges in terms of event management and legacy sustainability. The paper concludes by discussing some of the wider implications in terms of alternative framing of legacy research arising from this alternative temporal timeframe.