Sport is important internationally; but in Australia, it is part of the national identity. The enjoyment of public open space for sport is, therefore, an assumed community right. We interviewed key staff from inner Sydney councils about management issues associated with public open space. The greatest concern was sporting fields Ã¢Â€Â' formal and informal Ã¢Â€Â' which were considered to have exceeded carrying capacity mainly because of the unintended outcomes of government programmes/policies spanning; (1) Ã¢Â€Â˜healthy lifestylesÃ¢Â€Â™ which increased public open space use; (2) Ã¢Â€Â˜urban consolidationÃ¢Â€Â™ increased inner-city population density with associated increased usage and loss of open space; (3) Ã¢Â€Â˜temporal water restrictionÃ¢Â€Â™ during drought (not Ã¢Â€Â˜water budgetsÃ¢Â€Â™) which intensify management issues; and (4) Ã¢Â€Â˜building the education revolutionÃ¢Â€Â™, meaning that public open space lost from schools results in increased pressure on public open space. Consequences have increased human pressure on public open space without commensurate consideration for the management and/or expansion of these areas.