In England, Premier League club Spurs recently unveiled their brand-new, state-of-the-art, technologically advanced stadium - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. While its fold-away pitches and massive bar with speedy beer pouring are all to be marvelled at, one of its greatest features for modern fans is its free Wi-Fi and extensive mobile coverage.
The new stadium boasts free high-density Wi-Fi across its 62,062 capacity as well as mobile coverage from the UK’s four major providers, allowing fans to stay connected at all times. When mobile internet and Wi-Fi started to become integral to everyday life, it was often found that, particularly with more established stadiums, it was near impossible to get online. However, the roll-out of Wi-Fi technology at existing venues has worked to fix this issue.
London’s newest stadium is setting the example for all stadiums across the world, but luckily for sports fans in Australia, major venues have already been making moves to upgrade the technological offering with their respective grounds. While many Australian venues now feature Wi-Fi, we look at the roll-out at two of the country’s most famous venues.
Sydney Cricket Ground
It’s been a long time coming, but the Sydney Cricket Ground and its 48,000 capacity can now enjoy free Wi-Fi wherever they may be in the famous venue. Achieving such widespread connectivity is a tremendous feat which was only finalised in early 2019. The update came in response to the tremendous schedule events fast approaching the SCG, which includes additional events due to the Allianz Stadium rebuild and the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup.
The inclusion of free Wi-Fi not only allows fans to stay connected to social media and email throughout matches, but also allows them to further enjoy the game day experience.
The project, funded by the NSW Government, builds on the success of the award-winning Noble Bradman Messenger Stand, which was the first spectator facility in the southern hemisphere to offer fans free wi-fi and a vast IPTV network.
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Melbourne Cricket Ground
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is very much the beast in the southeast when talking stadiums, boasting a huge 100,024 capacity. Having first opened in 1853 and its last refurbishment in 2013, it’s clear venue wasn’t designed for Wi-Fi.
But as of the 2016 AFL season, the MCG became one of the most advanced and connected stadiums in the world. Its secure, high-density Wi-Fi network allows patrons throughout the arena to access the internet. On top of this, much in the way that the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has, the stadium partnered with Telstra to improve the 3G and 4G reception within the venue. A greater level of connectivity enhances the match day experience for fans.
The scale of the Wi-Fi project is on par with the world’s best and biggest stadiums, with more than 227 kilometres of cable installed to enable WiFi connectivity throughout the entire stadium.
Wi-Fi has become an expectation for fans attending modern stadiums and the likes of Optus Stadium and Bankwest Stadium – two of Australia’s newest venues – have been designed with that in mind, offering the service since their opening.