SPT6720EN - International Sport Event Management

Course description

This course provides a fundamental understanding and practical application of the planning stages, development, and operation of sport facilities and events. It is essential for sport management professionals at all levels to be able to integrate management and financial principles and strategies in the operation of a sport facility or event. Assigned readings, discussions, and critical evaluation of international case studies guide students through theory and application of key topics including event planning, project management, staffing, budgeting, financing, sport facility operations, managing personnel, facility design, and risk management. This course engages students in the competencies necessary for managing and operating sport events and facilities and is an essential component for students pursuing future careers in sport management.

How this course benefits students

This course provides practical application and understanding of how to develop, design, implement, and manage sport events and facilities. Students are able to identify and implement strategies for event planning, finance, risk management, personnel management, facility design, and event logistics. This course is structured around evaluative case studies, challenging students to utilize problem-solving skills with an opportunity to practically apply course content. Students learn how to critically analyze detailed information in order to anticipate and effectively solve problems related to the management of sport facilities and events.

Why this course is important

Sport management professionals are often tasked with being able to effectively plan and organize events while working strategically with facilities. Effectively managing events begins with a planning process that initiates months before the actual event is set to take place. This course identifies the key fundamental tasks and core competencies required of sport event managers, and the level of planning and oversight that is essential to stage quality events and deliver value.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Sports Management
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.
Dr. Tracy Yoder, Professor of International Sports Management

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

In the study of event and facility management, we draw on biblical principles of how Christ-followers should conduct business, make ethical decisions, and serve as strong leaders in the industry.

Missionally driven

In our study of event and facility management, students learn essential leadership skills, how to value the events as entities they have been trusted with, and how to make ethical business decisions in the event planning process.

Contextually informed

The content of this course examines how to ethically lead and manage sport events and facilities, taking into account the unique context of sport and the particular challenges and opportunities involved at a variety of levels.

Interculturally focused

This course accounts for the international aspects of sport, and how cultural, social, and political norms might impact the management of sporting events and facilities.

Practically minded

In this course students learn how to plan, organize, and implement a sport event, based on the theoretical aspects and practical understanding of the course content.

Experientially transformed

Students develop a sports event plan, discuss the resources for development, strategies for event implementation, assess facility risk management, and determine how to monitor performance standards.