Barriers to managing environmental sustainability in public assembly venues

Walker J. Ross, Haylee Uecker Mercado*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Many sport and entertainment venues are still not major adopters of environmental social responsibility (ESR) despite evidence to suggest their benefit. This qualitative study investigated the major barriers that still prevent ESR adoption in public assembly venues (PAVs) used by sport and entertainment organizations. Using resource-based view (RBV) as a framework for analysis, PAV managers of stadiums, arenas, and performing arts centers were interviewed to collect data. Findings suggest a lack of resources to devote to ESR which displays an overall lack of priority given to ESR adoption and knowledge of ESR by PAV managers. If ESR was considered to offer competitive advantage, it would be given more priority, PAV managers would emphasize more training, and it would therefore receive more resource attention.
Original languageEnglish
Article number10477
Issue number24
Early online date15 Dec 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Dec 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • sport ecology
  • environment
  • sustainability
  • barriers
  • management
  • venues


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