09 February 2018
The home of Hampshire Cricket, the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, is planning to become a fully connected stadium.
Giant Samsung LED screens and what’s described as “leading-edge” Wi-Fi technology are to be installed by the end of April and ready for the new cricket season.
The Ageas Bowl is working with Evolve AV, part of the Hampshire-based Onecom group of companies, in a deal that will see the venue become a showcase for Samsung’s technology.
The stadium will see the installation of two new full HD 1080p resolution screens. Measuring a total of 120m2, its claimed these giant screens will give fans an “excellent” viewing experience from any seat within the venue as well as providing a new and improved integrated scoreboard system.
The connected screens are said to be the first of their kind to be sold in the UK. As well as offering secure, high-speed wireless networking, they will enable real-time fan engagement, competitions and sponsorship opportunities, as well as replays and stadium information.
More than 200 wireless access points have been strategically placed across The Ageas Bowl to deliver the new and improved internet connectivity capacity. A spokesperson for Evolve AV said that details and specifications were in development at the time of writing and was unable to provide any further technical information.