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Predicting visitors’ satisfaction and behavioral intentions from service quality in the context of a small-scale outdoor sport event

George Tzetzis (Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Kostantinos Alexandris (Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece)
Sophia Kapsampeli (Physical Education and Sport Sciences Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece)

International Journal of Event and Festival Management

ISSN: 1758-2954

Article publication date: 11 March 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to test if the service quality model, proposed by Shonk and Chelladurai (2008), can be applied in the context of a small-scale sport event.

Design/methodology/approach

This model proposes the following dimensions: access quality, venue quality and contest quality. Furthermore the study aimed to test if satisfaction acts as a mediator of the relationships between service quality and behavioral intentions.

Findings

The confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) provided support for the factorial validity of the service quality model. The psychometric properties of all the scales were satisfactory. In terms of the mediation analysis the results provided partially support for the hypotheses. Satisfaction fully mediated the relationship between access, venue quality and intention and partially mediated the relationship between contest quality and intentions. Furthermore, satisfaction partially mediated all the relationships between the quality dimensions and word-of-mouth communications. The theoretical and practical implications of these results are discussed.

Originality/value

This paper fulfils a need to develop a service quality model and its influence for visitors’ satisfaction and behavioral intentions at small-scale sport events.

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Citation

Tzetzis, G., Alexandris, K. and Kapsampeli, S. (2014), "Predicting visitors’ satisfaction and behavioral intentions from service quality in the context of a small-scale outdoor sport event", International Journal of Event and Festival Management, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 4-21. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEFM-04-2013-0006

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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