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May 8, 2013

Manchester City to install in-stadium Wi-Fi for fans to share experiences


When it comes to giving fans an awesome experience then, Manchester City are doing it in style. They will be the first Premier League football club to install in-stadium Wi-Fi for fans to use during matches.
To be completed in the closed season, the Etihad Stadium will feature Cisco’s Connected Stadium Wi-Fi solution, which will deliver high speed internet access to fans around the ground.

They will then be able to share their live online, with social media sites Twitter, Facebook and any other app you use, posting pictures and videos of the action.

o2 will be installing the Wi-Fi network, and also installing technology to improve mobile phone signals. Phone network connectivity is problematic at football grounds, due to the amount of steel in the structures. Whether fans will have to pay a fee or if it will be provided by the club for free, we don’t know.
Manchester City have also announced that they will be launching StadiumVision Mobile, a streaming service that will offer fans live and instant replay video and relevant statistics and information to their mobile devices. There will be multiple channels of content, with prospective ideas including a replay channel, alternate view angles from cameras around the ground, and a dynamic data channel – including competitions and games.

Tom Glick, chief commercial & operating officer for Manchester City said:

“As a Club that is passionate about innovation and prides itself on constantly looking for ways to enhance our supporters’ experience at the Etihad Stadium, we feel we have found the perfect solution with O2 and Cisco, live games and concerts are highly enjoyable social events and we are delighted to be able to offer supporters a system that allows them to better utilize their own mobile devices when at the Stadium.”

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini