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Historians and geographers of sport recognize the emergence of the sportscape as a distinctly modernizing dimension of sport. While many sports may initially have been played on open and unconfined—or at least unmarked—spaces, existing as part of an existing landscape, the modern sporting form became increasingly ‘refined and ordered in both time and space’, as John Bale puts it (Sports Geography, 2nd edn, 2003). A trend towards specifically designed sportscapes began in the 19th century, and in the 20th century ‘sportscapes—monocultural sites given over solely to sport, rather than multifunctional landscapes—have increasingly tended to characterize the sports environment’.

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