Game on: Hosting mega sporting events

Providing adequate transportation, utilities, clean water, and sanitation for thousands of athletes and millions of spectators at a mega-event like the FIFA™ World Cup or the Olympics is no mean task. But what becomes of that supporting infrastructure after the athletes and spectators have gone home?

For a few weeks during an event like the Olympics or FIFA World Cup™ football, countries like South Africa, China, and Canada have taken center stage. In the years to come, the mantle will pass to Brazil, Russia, and Qatar.

While the athletes have their eyes on the prize, so too do regional planners and government officials who are building a lasting legacy for the community. They must plan ahead, sometimes decades in advance, for the infrastructure — transportation, energy, telecommunications, water, and sanitation — required by athletes and spectators.

Ideas abound. But translating those ideas into reality is more elusive. How does the vision for infrastructure investment correspond to the region’s long-term development objectives? Which financing models best apply in each case? What role does sustainability play? What are the projected maintenance costs? How will procurement occur? What kind of oversight should govern the process?

PwC understands each of these critical success factors and barriers. In our Game on: Mega-event infrastructure opportunities report, we analyze the infrastructure investments that a sample of host cities has made. We also examine the long-term implications for each region where those investments occurred.