Heritage and Sport

Ramshaw, G and Gammon, Sean James orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-5053-8763 (2015) Heritage and Sport. In: The Palgrave Handbook of Contemporary Heritage Research. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 248-260. ISBN 978-1-349-45123-4

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1057/9781137293565_16


Heritage and sport have a long history, though it is only recently that this relationship has been examined in any great detail. Timothy (2011) argues that sport has played a central role in various cultures and societies for millennia, while the relics, events and locations of the sporting past are celebrated, venerated and protected like any other type of heritage. Bale (2000) further notes that sports teams and athletes hold a special place in the community in which they play, while sport sites, such as stadia and sporting venues, are imbued with special cultural meanings by supporters. However, the relationship between sport and heritage has only come into focus within the past generation. This chapter explores the connections between sport and heritage, noting that the primary focus of sport heritage has been touristic consumption. We then examine sport heritage through recognizable attractions, namely sports museums and halls of fame, sports stadia and sporting venues, heritage-based sporting events, and sport-based fantasy camps, as well as through personal sport heritage journeys. Finally, we consider the future directions for the heritage/sport relationship, both inside and outside of touristic use.

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