This chapter will provide an overview of how the planning and management of the stadium can impact on the customer experience. The task of ensuring that the customer’s experience within the ‘sportscape’ (Wakefield, Blodgett and Sloan, 1996) is memorable is one strategy for increasing stadium attendance and customer satisfaction. In the business of stadium management, many experiential aspects are influenced by aesthetics, space and accessibility within the built environment. The increasing professionalisation of sport has seen stadium developments begin to reflect the requirements of the sport business. Contemporary stadia are more than just sporting facilities and their services; sporting and non-sporting organisations now have to cater for more than one type of customer. These stadia can also assist in the acquisition of major events to cities and regions. For instance, the staging of the Olympic Games has led to many host cities building or redeveloping their stadium in order to meet event requirements. These requirements are one of a number of factors that have led to a proliferation of stadium development in many countries. This chapter will examine strategic management considerations for providing optimal customer experiences to ensure long-term benefit to the sport business. First, this chapter will review the key drivers of stadium developments. Designing stadia to be accessible, spacious and aesthetically pleasing is important in order to provide the setting for enhanced customer experiences (Bitner, 1992; Bodet, 2009; Chanavat and Bodet, 2014). These designs provide the link to allow operations to support the creation of memorable experiences and will be the focus of the second part of the chapter. The final part of this chapter will focus on how Tottenham Hotspur Football Club employ a Dedicated Access Team to offer exceptional match-day experiences for their purple members (supporters with disabilities). This case forms a practical example of the issues discussed.
|Title of host publication||Managing Sport Business|
|Place of Publication||Oxon|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 1 May 2018|
- Customer Experience Management
- Sport Management
- Disability Liaison Officer