n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Community perceptions of the socio-economic legacies of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa : a four-year post-event analysis

Volume 21 Number 4.2
  • ISSN : 1117-4315


The 2010 FIFA World Cup was heralded as Africa's first mega-event with the potential to leverage long term legacy outcomes. Most studies that have previously been commissioned on residents' perceptions have focused on the pre-event, with only a few focusing on post-event perceptions regarding the legacy impacts associated with such events. The importance of understanding residents views both in the pre-event and post-event context in the light of promoting the legacy imperatives of mega sports events has been variously underpinned in academic discourse. This study focuses on the legacy impacts of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Port Elizabeth; the aim of which is to measure residents' perceptions four years post the event.Both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection were used in the study. The survey population included residents living within a two-kilometre (2km) radius of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. The sample size (n=350) was achieved through face-to-face interviews with respondents. The data were collected using a Likert-type scale measurement in order to ascertain the degree of responsiveness of residents to certain predetermined impact related aspects. Key findings indicated that the community held generally positive perceptions towards the socio-economic legacy impacts of the event, although they were concerned that the benefits were mainly confined to the rich and big businesses. The study recommends the implementation of effective legacy identification strategies pre-event in order to justify the investments made towards hosting them, and to ensure successful outcomes for mega-event host communities.

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