Sport Event and Facility Management – SMGT 631

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course will examine the current research related to planning, funding, and operating sporting events and sport/recreation facilities.




This is a required course in the core component of the Sport Management Master’s degree program. The course is designed to provide sport managers with the knowledge necessary for planning and operating sport and recreation facilities and events.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explain the basic issues related to planning facilities, including site selection, design and the construction process.
  2. Explain the different forms of public and private funding of sport facilities and ethical issues involved in utilizing public funds.
  3. Describe the process involved in event planning and management.
  4. Explain the event and facility issues pertinent to participants, spectators and sponsors.
  5. Describe the operation of venues and events including staffing, box office management, security, concessions, and maintenance.
  6. Explain the legal issues facing event and facility management including the risk management process.
  7. Analyze the process of event bidding and venue selection.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Regular readings from the textbooks and/or selected journal articles, as well as viewing of presentations, will be scheduled. Assignments and tests will be scheduled related to the readings.

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board forums (2)

There will be two Discussion Board assignments, one in Module/Week 1 and one in Module/Week 6.  Students are expected to post an initial thread in selected modules related to an article(s) posted in that module. Threads should be no shorter than 500 words and should build upon the information in the articles including reflective statements and specific applications of the concepts in the article(s). In addition, students must make at least one reply to another classmates’ thread of a minimum 250 words. The purpose of the reply is to advance the discussion begun in the initial thread. Initial threads are due Thursday and replies are due Sunday of the module/week assigned.

Event Bid

Students will select a city from North America and submit a bid for either a summer or winter Olympic Games following the general guidelines of the IOC for candidate cities. The topic selection (city) is due by the end of Module/Week 1. Once the topic has been selected, students will prepare a PowerPoint presentation to be posted in Blackboard, promoting their bid. Sources will be required in APA format for all information used in putting together their bid. This assignment is due by the end of Module/Week 4.

Event Bid Comments

Students will be required to comment on at least 2 of their classmates’ Event Bid presentations. These comments should be constructive in nature and should focus on how specific event and facility management principles were applied. Each comment should be a minimum of 200 words. This assignment is due by the end of Module/Week 5.

Research Paper

Students will be writing a formal research paper on one of the topics covered during the course. This paper should be a reflection of current issues and academic research regarding that topic. The paper must be written using APA formatting. The body of the paper should be 12–15 pages, and students should utilize no fewer than 5 peer-reviewed sources. Students will submit an Outline with their key sources listed by the end of Module/Week 3. The final draft of the paper will be submitted as a Microsoft Word document via SafeAssign by the end of Module/Week 7.

Tests (3)

There are three tests in this course, they are found in Modules/Weeks 2, 5 and 8.  Each test will be open book/open notes and will be composed of 47 multiple choice and short answer/essay questions.  You will have 2 hours  to complete each test.  Test 1 covers all  material from Modules/Weeks 1 and 2, Test 2 covers all material from Modules/Weeks 3, 4, and 5, and Test 3 covers all material from Modules 6, 7, and 8. Each test must be completed by the end of the module/week assigned.