Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium is the most tech-friendly yet

London welcomes another world-class sporting arena to its ranks
tonight as the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opens its doors.

Home of Tottenham Hotspur FC, better known simply as Spurs, the
new ground will host home Premier League matches for the club
alongside regular NFL and Premiership Rugby games, making it one of
the capital’s top sporting attractions.

Now, after years of building work, the club is set to start its
new era with the first match at the new stadium tonight versus
Crystal Palace. TechRadar Pro was invited to get a preview of the
ground earlier this week, getting behind the scenes access to one
of the capital’s biggest ever sporting projects.

(Image credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC)

Spurs first announced a major redevelopment of their White Hart
Lane ground back in 2012, with the projected suffering several
delays and a reported doubling of its building costs – with the new
stadium believed to have cost around £850 million, slightly more
expensive than the £789 million to build Wembley.

The new 62,062-capacity stadium is a major landmark in what is
one of London’s poorest boroughs, and the club hopes it can help
spearhead local development as well.

White Hart Lane had been Spurs’ home for 118 years, and having
been built literally on top of the old ground, rather than
relocated miles out of town as with many clubs, the new stadium has
a vivid desire to not only remember the past, but celebrate the
future.

The floors of the new stands feature repurposed material from
the old ground, a plaque in the South Stand marks the old centre
circle spot, and there are nods to the team’s past successes
everywhere.

But the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium looks to offer fans more than
ever before, with nearly a thousand square feet of video screens
around the stadium, more restaurants and bars than the previous
ground (including Europe’s longest single-serve watering hole,
the 65m Goal Line Bar), and a cashless payment system that should
cut down waiting times in that 15-minute half-time window.

Europe’s longest bar, the Goal Line Bar (Image credit Tottenham
Hotspur FC)

But inside the new stadium is a wealth of technology that the
club helps will maximise the matchday experience, becoming a
shining light to sporting arenas around the world.

HPE was selected by the club to provide Wi-Fi connectivity back
in 2017, and using its Pico Cell technology, has deployed 1,641
Wi-Fi access points under seats in the stadium – equivalent to one
per 75 seats. Backed up by over 1,200km of networking cable, this
will provide what HPE says is “100 percent Wi-Fi coverage” –
all completely free for fans to use.

Fans will also be able to benefit from the company’s
technology in the official Spurs app, which uses 700 HPE Bluetooth
beacons to provide location services that will help fans find the
nearest bars, restaurants and retail outlets to their seats.

HPE’s Core Wired Network infrastructure enables the stadium’s
critical services, such as CCTV, Building Management Systems,
Retail, Audio Visual and Access Control, to function under times of
great stress, such as matchday, meaning that the fan experience
should never be affected – unless the team is losing of course.

(Image credit: Tottenham Hotspur FC)

“Technology is the essential foundation for the fan
experience, providing a fully immersive environment that is at the
heart of the stadium’s vision,” says Marc Waters, HPE managing
director UK & Ireland.

“Whichever football team you support it is hard not to be
excited about Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium. It has got the
whole of the sports world talking. Some commentators have already
suggested that it is the best stadium in the world. That can be
debated. It is unquestionably a stadium full of Hewlett Packard
Enterprise technology being used to create a differentiated
experience. And of this we are incredibly proud.”

HP technology can also be spotted around the stadium, with
company supplying all the  computer hardware and printer devices,
including 600 retail point of sale (POS) systems, desktop and
notebook PCs, commercial printers and display monitors.

“We have some fantastic bits of kit, and some fantastic bit of
technology,” says Chris Lee, MD of Populous, the architects
behind the stadium, “but ultimately it’s about producing an
infrastructure and a backbone that allows us to embrace new
technologies as they come out, and allow the stadium to constantly
incorporate those.”

Source: FS – All Tech News 2
Tottenham Hotspur's new stadium is the most tech-friendly yet