From Fan Parks to Live Sites: mega events and the territorialisation of urban space

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This article draws on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari to consider the phenomenon of Live Sites and Fan Parks which are now enshrined within the viewing experience of mega sports events. Empirically, the article draws upon primary research on Live Sites generated during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Live Sites are represented as new spaces within which to critically locate and conceptually explore the shifting dynamics of urban space, subjectivity and its performative politic. The authors argue that the first, or primary, spaces of mega sporting events (the official venues) and their secondary counterparts (Live Sites) simply extend brandscaping tendencies but that corporate striation is always incomplete, opening up possibilities for disruption and dislocation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number52
Pages (from-to)2649-2663
Number of pages15
JournalUrban Studies
Issue number14
Early online date16 Sep 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2015


  • corporate striation
  • cultural consumption
  • deterritorialisation
  • mega sports events
  • urban space

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