Power, space and the new stadium: the example of Arsenal Football Club


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Church, Andrew and Penny, Simon (2013) Power, space and the new stadium: the example of Arsenal Football Club Sport in Society, 16 (6). pp. 819-834. ISSN 1743-0437

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In many sports, but especially professional soccer in the United Kingdom, clubs have recently relocated to new stadiums so as to meet new health and safety requirements and also develop new opportunities for income generation. The process of stadium relocation involves the emergence of new spaces that have implications for the power relations between stadium owners, managers and sport supporters. Existing studies provide a limited understanding of the changing nature of power relations in new stadiums. This paper reveals the power modalities and resources involved in the constantly changing new stadium spaces. A case study of Arsenal Football Club in London and the process of ‘Arsenalisation' in the club's new stadium reveals how material and virtual spaces are used by supporters to resist, confirm and negotiate the resources and practices of stadium managers seeking to control their activities.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article submitted for consideration in Sport in Society, copyright Taylor & Francis; Sport in Society is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17430437.2013.790888
Uncontrolled Keywords: Stadium; spaces; power; modalities; resources; Arsenal
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N260 Sport, Leisure and Recreation Management
L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography > L720 Human and Social Geography by topic > L726 Cultural Geography
L000 Social Sciences
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1080/17430437.2013.790888
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2013 03:02
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 14:34
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/11516

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