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1 February 2024

Episode 642

29 minutes


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How can sports facilities drive social and economic change in our cities? This week, we look at how the humble basketball court can act as a community hub, hear about Las Vegas’s plan to become a sporting centre and explore how stadium design is becoming more inclusive.

1 February 2024

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

Basketball courts as community hubs

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UK basketball team London Lions has partnered with estate developer Mount Anvil to design, plan and build a series of courts across housing estates in the capital. Created with the community in mind, the idea is to use the sport as a way of bringing locals together – and incentivise young people to be more active and social with one another.

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The rise of Las Vegas’s sporting presence

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Las Vegas has been gobbling up sports franchises over the past few years. This month the city will host the biggest one-day sporting event in the world: the Super Bowl. The National Football League final is the latest in a slew of victories that have turned the city in the Nevada desert into a sought-after sports destination.

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Inclusive stadium design

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Large sporting facilities have long been built with male teams and audiences in mind. But now, designers are starting to plan better stadiums for women and girls to play and spectate in. Maria Knutsson-Hall is a principal at Populous, which last year completed work on the $57m (€52m) “female-focused” Victorian State Football Centre, which is home to the Matildas – the Australian women’s football team.

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