Football tourism and the sounds of televised matches

Authored by: Nicolai J. Graakjær , Rasmus Grøn

The Routledge Companion to Media and Tourism

Print publication date:  July  2020
Online publication date:  July  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138366282
eBook ISBN: 9780429430398
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This chapter explores how auditory aspects of televised football can be considered to promote football tourism. The chapter begins by outlining the current impact of football tourism in an English context. Second, based on a case analysis, the chapter explores how the in-stadium experience is mediated through TV transmissions with a particular focus on the role played by the spectator sounds. Hereafter, the TV mediation is compared to the live experience, and the chapter discusses whether football tourism is reflecting and contributing to an impoverishment of the desired in-stadium experience, as this experience is becoming increasingly commodified and mediatized.

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