Friday, 09 September 2016 00:48

AFL wants Friday night finals fans to set MCG Wi-Fi record

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The AFL has challenged footy fans at Friday night’s ualifying final between Geelong and Hawthorn at the MCG to set a new Wi-Fi connection record to beat the stadium’s previous mark for the most people connected to the Wi-Fi network at any one time.

A crowd of 85,000 is expected and the AFL says fans simply need to connect during the half-time break for the chance to win a special Guns N’ Roses experience, including four tickets to the upcoming MCG concert and access to an exclusive cocktail function. The winner will be announced at three-quarter time.

During this AFL season more than 150,000 people have connected to the MCG free Wi-Fi network, allowing them to access real-time and interactive content, post and check in on social networks, use apps to check fantasy team scores and stream video – all without tapping into their own mobile data plans.

MCC chief executive Stephen Gough said the finals series provided a perfect opportunity to put the Wi-Fi network through its paces and test its full capacity.

“Since launching our free Wi-Fi network last summer, we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback from cricket and football fans alike.

“However, just as the competing teams will be looking to reach their peak during the finals series, we too are hoping to put our Wi-Fi network under maximum pressure and set a new record for the most people connected to Wi-Fi at one time at the MCG.”

The WiFi network was installed prior to Christmas last year as part of a $40 million technology investment in the MCG that included new scoreboards, hundreds of networked television screens, exterior lighting and LED signage inside the stadium.

To connect to the MCG Wi-Fi network (MCG FREE WIFI) on your phone or Wi-Fi-enabled device during the half-time break, here’s what you do:

1.    If you’ve already registered for MCG WiFi, make sure you check that your Wi-Fi is turned on and MCG FREE WIFI is selected.

2.    If you haven’t registered for MCG WiFi, turn on Wi-Fi in settings, select MCG FREE WIFI, and enter your details to connect.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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