Hewlett Packard Enterprise to support technology vision for Spurs’ new stadium
Tottenham Hotspur FC (THFC) has selected Hewlett Packard Enterprise (NYSE: HPE) as its official IT Networking and Wireless Infrastructure Partner for their new, world-class stadium. Set to open in 2018, it will be one of the most technologically advanced stadia ever built, delivering an enhanced event day experience for all visitors.
The new state-of-the-art venue will be the largest football club stadium in London, with a capacity of 61,559 and will also host other major sport and entertainment events such as NFL games and concerts. Since planning for the new stadium began, THFC has been committed to driving innovation and using modern technology to enhance the in-venue experience for every visitor. As a result, the stadium’s IT infrastructure is being incorporated from the ground up, enabling connectivity across the entire venue for visitors and flexibility to cater for future demands.
The Club is installing Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) company, networking solutions, with support from HPE’s Pointnext services organisation, to meet its current and future technology demands.
Sanjeev Katwa, the Club’s Head of Technology, said:
Creating a technology infrastructure to support an enhanced visitor experience requires solutions that can meet the growing demands of visitors that come to our new stadium. We believe Hewlett Packard Enterprise can support us on the journey in building one of the most technologically advanced stadiums in the world.
Marc Waters, MD, U.K. and Ireland, HPE said:
Tottenham Hotspur realise that being digital from the ground up is imperative to transform its fan experience. We are thrilled to support Tottenham Hotspur in this journey, using our intelligent edge solutions and Pointnext expertise to help build the foundation for a truly digital stadium. Our partnership with the Club will help enable future innovation and the ability to provide an enriched, unique environment for stadium visitors.
About Tottenham Hotspur Football Club
Founded in 1882, Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has a tradition of playing an entertaining and attacking style of football. The team has achieved five top five English Premier League (EPL) finishes in the past seven seasons and has a multi-national squad of players.
Tottenham Hotspur also has:
- A global following in excess of 400 million, with strong supporter bases across the UK, the USA, China, Asia and Southern Africa, including more than 100 Official Supporters Clubs worldwide.
- Commercial partnerships with globally-recognised brands including AIA Group Limited (AIA) – one of the world’s leading providers of insurance services.
- A newly-built state-of-the-art training centre with advanced plans for a new world-class stadium development that will sit at the heart of a major regeneration for North London.
- An award winning Foundation that has created over 2.5 million opportunities to help enhance the lives of people in its local community through education, employment, health and social inclusion programmes.
For more information, read HPE CEO Meg Whitman’s post on revolutionising the game day experience on LinkedIn.
About Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium
The Populous-designed stadium will feature a retractable grass field for Tottenham Hotspur home fixtures, with an artificial surface underneath that will be multi-use and capable of hosting NFL matches, concerts and other high-profile events.
The Club aims to revolutionise the match-day experience and set a new benchmark for premium offerings in sports and entertainment venues. The new stadium design will strive to deliver the ultimate occasion for every visitor as part of its commitment to delivering the best possible fan experience.
The wide choice of premium suites, new style lounges and seats available include the first purpose-built glass-walled Tunnel Club in the UK, The H Club, an exceptional Members’ Club, contemporary ‘Super Loges’ for a more intimate dining experience, and a ground-breaking Sky Lounge with panoramic views into the stadium and across the city.
The new development will be home to what is believed to be the longest general admission bar in a UK stadium (86.8 metres) and to a wide range of regional street food concepts available to all general admission guests that will be unlike the offering at any other UK venue.
Furthermore, provision will be made for the world’s first stadium micro-brewery and in-house bakery. The brewery will allow for the production of one million pints of craft beer a year, while the onsite bakery will produce artisan breads and pastries for every food outlet in the stadium, ranging from general admission areas to boxes.
With a capacity of more than 61,000, Populous have worked hard with the Club to ensure that the fan experience and stadium atmosphere are at the heart of the design. A 17,000 single tier stand, the largest in the UK, will generate ‘a wall of sound’ coupled with a tight atmospheric bowl ensuring spectators are closer to the pitch than at any other comparable ground in the UK with uninterrupted views for all at every event.
Sources: Populous and TottenhamHotspur.com
Image credits: Populous