Manchester City has confirmed a new partnership with Cisco and O2 to install Wi-Fi at its home venue, the Etihad Stadium, reports SportsPro.
Over the coming weeks Cisco's Connected Stadium Wi-Fi solution will be engineered into the 47,000 capacity stadium, with O2 ultimately delivering the service to fans.
O2 will also work with the club to improve mobile phone connectivity on match days, while StadiumVision Mobile, a platform offering live video and event information, will also be offered to fans.
“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," said Tom Glick, Manchester City's chief commercial and operating officer.
"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 utilise their own mobile devices when at the Stadium."
Paul Lawton, the general manager of SMB at O2, added: “We are delighted to be working with Manchester City and Cisco to deliver a UK first in the form of High Density Wi-Fi at the Etihad. The underpinning ICT delivery is something we are really excited to be working on, and will result in the provision of high-speed connection anywhere in the stadium for fans, allowing them to capture and share their experience in a digital way – something we are passionate about as a business.”