Free WiFi hits Headingley in time for an action-packed summer
Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) has signed a 10-year contract with intechnologyWiFi for the delivery of free WiFi coverage across Headingley Cricket Ground, providing fans with access to free, high-speed internet to enhance their match-day experience.
The announcement comes following the start of YCCC’s County Championship campaign last month, and with the First Investec Test Match between England and Sri Lanka taking place at Headingley, 19–23 May.
The WiFi will be completely free to use, without requirements for payment details or restrictions on time, and the network will allow fans open access to browse the internet, post on social media, follow the game online or check for updates on the weather.
intechnologyWiFi, based in nearby Harrogate, North Yorkshire, agreed a major deal with The Football League in March to provide stadium WiFi connectivity and mobile applications to clubs across its portfolio, and will install and operate the WiFi network at 17,250 capacity Headingley on behalf of YCCC.
The WiFi network area will cover all the main seating areas across the ground (with the exception of the Main Stand, due to ongoing development work), concourses and key internal hospitality areas.
The hardware has already been installed at Headingley and is currently being tested/optimised ahead of a busy summer of fixtures, starting with the England vs. Sri Lanka Test Match 19–23 May, which is expected to attract sell-out crowds.
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The high-speed WiFi network had a fittingly high-speed ceremonial launch at Headingley on 7 May, when YCCC Chairman, Steve Denison, kitted up to face a blistering over from Yorkshire and England fast bowler, Liam Plunkett.
That Peter Wilkinson, CEO, Intechnology plc (the holding company for intechnologyWiFi), was ‘umpiring’ Plunkett’s over was no coincidence – Wilkinson had insisted that his old friend Denison be put through his paces at the wicket as a term of the WiFi contract.
Below L-R: Yorkshire and England star Liam Plunkett, Intechnology plc CEO Peter Wilkinson, YCCC Chairman Steve Denison
We are absolutely delighted to announce that we will be providing all our members and customers with free WiFi at Headingley this year.
We continually strive to improve the match day experience at Headingley and the provision of free WiFi is a huge step forward for us.
The feedback we have received has shown us the huge importance of WiFi to our customers, and the ability to share their experience in real-time with their friends on social media is a vital ingredient to their day.
Andy Dawson, Commercial Director, YCCC
Peter Wilkinson, CEO, Intechnology plc, said: ‘Believe it or not, the contract to provide the WiFi at Headingley was not all about seeing Steve Denison be put through his paces out in the middle at the hands of Liam Plunkett.’
‘As an avid cricket fan myself, I know how much of an enhancement having free WiFi available during a game will be – whether it is for following the game on digital radio, or making your pals jealous with a photo sent from your smartphone.’
We’re proud to be partnering with such a near neighbour and sporting institution as YCCC to provide our services to loyal cricket fans.
In an increasingly digital-led era for sports, YCCC has got ahead of the game in providing free WiFi at Headingley. Fans of all sports now expect to be able to log-on and consume the latest content on-the-go from their smartphone, and doing this from their stadium seat is no exception.
The Yorkshire County Cricket Club is one of the world’s most famous cricket clubs. Founded in 1863, Yorkshire is England’s most successful club, winning a record 34 County Championships, joint Champions twice and five One-Day cricket crowns. Yorkshire can also lay to claim producing more England players in history than any other County, and no fewer than five players – Geoffrey Boycott, Len Hutton, Wilfred Rhodes, Fred Trueman and Herbert Sutcliffe – have been inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame. There is no other English county that can boast five members in the Hall of Fame.
Away from the professional arena, Yorkshire is the hotbed of cricket in the country with in excess of 850 grassroots clubs and schools playing the game every week in the summer equating to over 125,000 recreational players.
Its outstanding work in the local community, via the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation, is regarded as one of the region’s best organised sporting foundations with over 20,000 schoolchildren visiting the Club’s home Headingley Cricket Ground across the year.
Headingley is also one of the world’s renowned international venues and is guaranteed the staging of international cricket every year until at least 2019. The ground opened in 1890 and celebrated 125 years of sporting heritage in 2015.
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intechnologyWiFi is part of InTechnology plc and is owned by Peter Wilkinson, one of the UK’s most successful technology entrepreneurs, with a proven track record of delivering profitable, free technical solutions, including the first free consumer internet service, Freeserve.
In a market flooded with providers of free, public WiFi, intechnologyWiFi is the only company with the financial power, technical expertise and resources to deliver a complete, end-to-end network and content solution for towns and cities, stadiums and events.
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