Historic Sports Architecture in the COVID-19 Pandemic Time (UNESCO World Heritage Sites)


history of sport
cultural tourism
UNESCO Heritage Sites

How to Cite

Ostrowska-Tryzno, A. ., & Pawlikowska-Piechotka, A. (2021). Historic Sports Architecture in the COVID-19 Pandemic Time (UNESCO World Heritage Sites). Sport and Tourism Central European Journal, 4(3), 11–28. https://doi.org/10.16926/sit.2021.04.16


In Europe, for more than three millennia, the development of individual disciplines has been accompanied by the evolution of sports facilities. It covers the period from the Ancient Olympic Games to modern sports architecture. The sports architecture heritage, as a magnet for cultural tourism, is evident. Millions of tourists visiting the famous sites are the proof how important these places are for our identity and tradition of European civilization. The most important historic sports facilities are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List: ancient Greek and Roman amphitheatres, thermal baths, antique arenas. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has hit the tourism sector hard. It is essential to reformulate present rules of the historic sports facilities visits and to consider the future directions of cultural tourism re-development at the UNESCO Heritage Sites. Recently there has been a revival of interests in sports heritage and many tourists want to explore famous landmarks of the past. Despite the pandemic time restrictions, it is also possible at present. However, new actions and policies are required to meet sanitary requirements and recommendations, and rebuild consumer confidence.