Stadium as Backstory: Looking at the "corporatization" of soccer stadium and the loss of backstory.

Authors: Michael Hawkins*, Kent State University
Topics: Landscape, Historical Geography, Human-Environment Geography
Keywords: Sports geography, soccer, backstory as lanscape
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Gallier A, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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The fusion of memory and place for many soccer fans is the stadiums of their club teams. Their memories are the backstories of the grounds. However, many fans suggest that with the building of new more corporatized stadiums, they lose that backstory, those memories. In an age of cooperate naming of stadia, we see a concern among fans of losing the backstory that has been created. For many, this backstory is their expression of fandom. This paper examines the backstory of two football grounds (Arsenal F.C and Tottenham Hotspur F.C.) in England and the effects of the ‘erasing’ of that backstory on memory and sense of place for fans.

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