Manchester United teams up with Extreme Networks to modernise stadium fan experience

Extreme Networks, Inc., a cloud-driven networking company, have announced a multi-year partnership with Manchester United serving as the Club’s Official Wi-Fi Network Solutions Provider and Official Wi-Fi Analytics Provider.

The installation of Extreme Wi-Fi 6 access points at Old Trafford will begin later this year to transform the fan experience with fast, reliable Wi-Fi connectivity and increase the Club’s capability to deliver high performance, low latency and secure digital services.

Additionally, Extreme will help Manchester United access real-time network analytics to drive more personalized and informed decisions around both the fan experience and overall venue operations.

Collette Roche, Chief Operating Officer, Manchester United, comments: “Our collaboration with Extreme Networks is an important step in our drive to enhance and modernize the in-stadium fan experience at Old Trafford, opening up exciting opportunities for the Club to deliver next-generation digital services to fans on matchdays and to visitors throughout the year.”

“Old Trafford is known as The Theatre of Dreams because of its 112-year history of triumphs and dramas. With experience working with other iconic venues around the world, Extreme will help us keep our stadium up to date while preserving the character that makes it unique. Providing fast, reliable Wi-Fi to fans, underpinned by cutting-edge analytics to optimize performance, is a crucial part of that process.”

Ed Meyercord, President and CEO, Extreme Networks, said: “Speed, precision and performance are as equally important off the pitch and Manchester United is investing to make the stadium experience just as impressive as the match itself. We’re thrilled to partner with one of the world’s most celebrated sports clubs to provide the technical DNA that will forever change the way fans experience Old Trafford. We believe the combination of Extreme’s W-Fi 6 and analytics will provide the insights and scale the IT team needs to ensure success and that fans won’t miss a beat.”

Manchester United joins several other iconic venues and leagues leveraging Extreme’s solutions to improve operational efficiency, while improving the fan experience. Extreme’s roster of customers includes the Los Angeles Coliseum, MLB, NFL, NHL, and Olympiastadion Berlin.