Westpac Stadium confirmed today that testing of the new Stadium-wide Wi-Fi has been completed and is now officially available to all fans starting with the Hurricanes v Crusaders match on Saturday 15 July 2017.
“Following the successful trial of the platform at The British & Irish Lions matches, we are delighted to bring this project to life”, said Westpac Stadium Chief Executive Shane Harmon.
With around 38,000 fans in attendance for both matches, supporters were able to stay connected and share their experiences online using the powerful and secure free Wi-Fi network provided by Spark in conjunction with Huawei and Eyemagnet.
“On the night of the Test match we had nearly 10,000 fans connected. 800 GB of data was transferred across the network on Saturday, which we believe is a New Zealand record for a sporting event”, Harmon said.
“Of the 800 GB transferred, 530 GB of data was uploaded and 270 GB downloaded, which shows that fans were sharing their experiences and uploading their own content to social networks”.
Westpac Stadium announced a five year agreement with Spark in April. The Stadium-wide technology upgrade saw 24km of new cabling laid, along with the installation of 300 access points and 350 directional antennas, allowing around 20,000 people to connect to the Wi-Fi concurrently.
“Over the next year we’ll be working with partners and teams to jointly explore further how we can use the technology to improve the game day experience”, Harmon added.
To connect to the Wi-Fi, fans should choose the “Free Westpac Stadium Wi-Fi” network and then follow the prompts in their browser to get online.