Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis


School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management


Sport and Entertainment Management

First Advisor

Matthew Brown

Second Advisor

Frank Roach


As more and more international mega events such as the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, Universiade Shenzhen 2011,the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games as well as the China National Sports Games take place in different cities, a lot of large-scale sports facilities have been built in China. However, over a long period of time, these large-scale sports facilities struggle with several operational and maintenance problems, such as high maintenance fees, design defects, low use of efficiency, single functionality and management challenges. This situation did not change until a group of North American facilities management companies came to China in the last few years. With the help of these companies, Mercedes-Benz Arena and MasterCard Center have become the first successful examples to apply a North American facility management model. This research analyzes the current status of large-scale sports facilities in the top 15 Chinese cities through the ownership, operations and financial sources of each facility.

The research also analyzes the success of Mercedes-Benz Arena and MasterCard Center. Applying a North American facility management model to other large-scale sports facilities in China may lead similar successes. However, some changes are badly needed to motivate this great revolution in Chinese sport industry.


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