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Kyriaki Kaplanidou - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Kyriaki Kaplanidou

Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Kyriaki Kaplanidou's research explores the impacts and legacies of sport events on communities.


Kyriaki Kaplanidou's primary research explores the impacts and legacies of sport events on communities. Specifically, she examines residents’ perceptions of such impacts and legacies and the level of support they provide for an event when they observe quality of life benefits in their community. In addition, her research examines the impact of the sport event experience on sport event participants’ intentions to continue to exercise and take part in more sport events. She has conducted research for the International Olympic Committee related to the legacy of the Olympic Games and a number of sport related organizations. She has professional experience working with the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Olympic Games

Sport Consumer Perceptions About Event Experiences

Impacts and Legacies of Sport Events on Community Development

Sport Event Tourism

Media Appearances (3)

Beijing 2022: National legacy seems assured but international legacy remains an open question

The Hill  online


The pandemic has impacted the Olympic calendar tremendously, and, unfortunately, it is still causing challenges for the Beijing 2022 Games organizers, who are taking extraordinary measures to avoid a coronavirus outbreak that impedes competition. That alone is daunting enough, but China and the International Olympic Committee also face a challenge in ensuring a lasting legacy — international and national — for these games.

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The enduring legacis of the Tokyo Olympic Games

The Hill  online


From the absence of spectators to the hesitancy of companies to showcase their sponsorships and, most significantly, resistance from many of the country’s people, the legacies of these games may be unparalleled for the Olympic movement.

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Trucking executive’s latest drive: youth sports

IBJ  online


Kyriaki Kaplanidou, a professor in the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sports Management at the University of Florida, said the key to being successful with complexes like this is collaborating with local government and sports tourism agencies. Otherwise, the facility could miss out on opportunities for tournaments and leagues.

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Articles (5)

Exploring Partnerships in Sport Event Delivery

Event Management

Ran Zhou, et al.


In order to provide high-quality sport events and cultivate economic, social, and environmental benefits in the local community, regional sport commissions in the United States form partnerships with organizations across sectors. Building on Parent and Harvey’s (2009) partnership framework, this study seeks to reveal the components and processes of the collaboration between sport commissions and their partners in the delivery of sport events and subsequent outcomes.

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Social capital from sport event participation: scale development and validation

Leisure Studies

Ran Zhou, Kyriaki Kaplanidou and Christine Wegner


Participatory sport events can generate substantial social benefits for the participants. A key benefit derived from participatory sport events is the development of social capital. The purpose of this study was to develop a reliable and valid instrument that measures social capital among active sport event participants. Using three different samples of running event participants, the proposed Sport Event Participation Social Capital Scale (SEPSCS) was tested, purified, and validated.

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Sport events and community development: resident considerations and community goals

International Journal of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship

Kyriaki (Kiki) Kaplanidou


The purpose of this paper was to provide a discussion on using sport events for community development through the lenses of community development theories and perceived event impacts.

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Legacies beyond the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Routledge Handbook of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Ran Zhou, Kyriaki Kaplanidou and Dikaia Chatziefstathiou


This chapter provides an overview of the contemporary research with respect to the legacies of YOG. Using the case studies of Lillehammer 2016 YOG and Lausanne 2020 YOG, this chapter empirically investigates residents’ perceptions of YOG legacies and their influence on quality of life and event support. It also presents findings with regards to the role of sport involvement and Olympic values in legacy perceptions, quality of life, and event support.

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The brand personality of professional football teams: A refined model based on the Greek professional football league

Sport, Business and Management

Dimitra Papadimiriou, et al.


The purpose of this paper is to test the psychometric properties of the Team Brand Personality Scale by Blank et al. (2013, 2018) in the context of the professional football clubs in Greece, based on the perceptions of fans for their own team and the rival team. The brand personality team scores of the fans are also used to create a league map presenting the brand personality of the different teams of the Greek football Super League.

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Kyriaki Kaplanidou en la conferencia