|（1.School of Physical Education，South China Normal University，Guangzhou 510006，China；2.Department of Sociology，SUN Yat-sen University，Guangzhou 510275，China；3.School of Physical Education，Yangtze University，Jinzhou 434023，China）
Abstract: The author probed into the theoretical logic between sports games and city development, and by taking the Guangzhou Asian Games for example, analyzed that sports games have become catalysts for city development, but the functions they exerted are different from implementation results under the condition of different time, space or subject. In terms of time, there was the evolution from international politics to local governance, regional econ-omy and social culture; in terms of space, there were early industrialized city renaissance in Britain, industrialized city prosperity at a higher stage in the United States, the formation of city communities in the economic transition period in Germany, etc.; in terms of the subject of action, there were the change from country to local area, and the change of the role of local governments from city management to equally important city management and city op-eration. The Guangzhou Asian Games in 2010 was a catalyst for the shaping of cities in the Pearl River Delta re-gion, completed by Guangzhou at a specific stage of economic development, in a specific regional city center in China, under a specific relation between the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the local gov-ernment, by depending on industrial structure transformation and upgrading, regional central city shaping, and the government operating mechanism in which social management and city operation interact favorably. Comparatively, its social efficiency is higher than its economic efficiency.
Key words: sport sociology；sports games；city development；Guangzhou Asian Games