Wednesday, 16 March 2016 13:33

Metricon Stadium provides Wi-Fi to 27,500 spectators, releases app

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Digital connectivity is becoming an increasingly important part of the live sport experience, and the Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium is the first fully-connected smart stadium in Queensland.

The Huawei Wi-Fi network at Metricon Stadium - home of the Gold Coast Suns AFL team - will provide free, simultaneous access for a full house of 27,500 spectators.

The completion of the project was marked by the release of the Metricon Stadium app for Android.

"The stadium app is a great win for Metricon Stadium, the Gold Coast Suns and importantly, our guests," said Gold Coast Suns CEO Andrew Travis.

"Our unique stadium model has helped us lead the way with our physical match day experience, and this now gives us the opportunity to extend that into the digital experience with behind-the-scenes content, match day information, news, ticketing upgrades and exclusive offers that will only be offered through the app."

Other features include the submission of photos for display on the stadium screens, and additional capabilities are planned.

Metricon Stadium app

Huawei Australia chairman John Lord said "Following successful deployments of Huawei's Agile Stadium Solution in Europe, we are very proud Metricon is our first stadium in Australia and has now become the first fully connected smart stadium in Queensland."

Notable deployments in Europe include Signal Iduna Park (Borussia Dortmund; capacity over 81,000) and Amsterdam Arena (Ajax Amsterdam; capacity over 53,000).

"These are exciting times for Gold Coast Suns fans as our high performing and high-density Wi-Fi network provides excellent service for tens of thousands of spectators and reaches speeds far beyond the industry average," added Lord.

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