Going for gold: a prospective assessment of the economic impacts of the Glasgow 2014 Games upon the East End of Glasgow

Julie Clark, Ade Kearns

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Host cities have increasingly sought to combine the staging of a multi-sports event with the regeneration of run-down areas. Like London 2012, Glasgow has sought to use the Commonwealth Games 2014 as a catalyst for the physical, social and economic renewal of its East End. This paper presents a novel approach to the assessment of legacy for a host community which recognises the complexity of potential impacts, without assuming a trickle-down effect to the local area. This comprises a holistic approach to evaluation, encompassing consideration of plausibility, the specifics of people and place, and legacy programmes. Three requirements for sustained economic legacy impacts for the host community are identified: continued and extended partnership working at a strategic level; extending the scope and duration of legacy programmes beyond that required for the event itself; resolving inherent tensions between delivering legacy at different spatial scales, and ensuring the equitable treatment of disadvantaged areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1474-1500
Number of pages27
JournalEnvironment and Planning C: Politics and Space
Issue number8
Early online date18 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes



  • mega sports events
  • Regeneration
  • economics
  • Glasgow Scotland
  • Evaluation
  • Commonwealth Games

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