Game on: Mega-event infrastructure opportunities

April 2011
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Game on: Mega-event infrastructure opportunities: PwC

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PwC analyzes the infrastructure investments that a sample of host cities has made while also examining the long-term implications for each region where those investments occurred.

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?

How a government body — national, regional or municipal — plans for the legacy of supporting infrastructure can have a ripple effect on the development of a region for decades to come, positive or negative. While the eyes of the world are on the events, athletes, and facilities for a few weeks during a mega-event, the transformative effect of well-thought-out supporting infrastructure has long-lasting economic, demographic, and social implications for the entire region.

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

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