SPT4720EN - Sport Facility and Event Management

Course description

This course provides an overview of the planning, development, and operational strategies for 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. Through assigned readings, discussions, and review of case studies, students gain a practical understanding of topics such as sport event planning, project management, staffing, budgeting, financing, promoting, 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 a foundational course for students pursuing careers in sport management.

How this course benefits students

This course provides a practical application and understanding of how to develop, design, implement, and manage sport events and facilities. Students identify common strategies for event and facility planning and management, articulate risk management skills, and understand the basic foundational components of an event proposal.

Why this course is important

Sport management professionals are often tasked with being able to effectively plan and organize events, operate sport facilities, and assess risk management. This course identifies the key fundamental tasks and core competencies required of sport event managers and facility operators, and the level of planning and oversight that is essential to stage quality events.

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

Contextually informed

The content of this course examines how to ethically lead, operate, 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 event management and facility operations, and how cultural, social, and political norms might play a role in the decision-making process of a sport management professional.

Practically minded

In this course students learn how to plan, organize, and implement a sport event, principles and strategies to operate a sport facility, essential risk management skills, and how to measure the performance of the event or facility from both internal and external stakeholders.

Experientially transformed

Students outline and discuss the phases of sport event planning, including the feasibility of hosting an event, identifying the resources for development, event implementation, and monitoring performance standards.