Sydney Football Stadium to exhibit tech might


Venues NSW partners with NEC for new Sydney Stadium Image: Government of New South Wales

NEC Australia has scored a 10-year partnership with Venues NSW, which includes the deployment of 1,500 display screens in and around the upcoming Sydney Football Stadium.

The ‘ARN’ stated that the deployment is set to kick off in December this year, and, when complete, the display network will offer live action updates and public safety messaging.

NEC Australia offers telephone voice and data communications services. The company provide Computers and Information Technology (ICT), communications and network solutions for large and small businesses, Government, and carriers.

Venues NSW is a New South Wales (NSW) Government agency incorporated under the Sporting Venues Authorities Act to manage a portfolio of sports and entertainment venues, including the 83,500-capacity Stadium Australia in Sydney, the 48,000-capacity Sydney Cricket Ground in Moore Park (Australia) and the upcoming Sydney Football Stadium in Moore Park.

The 45,000-capacity Sydney Football Stadium (2022) is an under-construction football stadium in Moore Park, Sydney, Australia. It is scheduled to open in mid-2022 as a replacement for the Sydney Football Stadium which has since closed down.

The ‘ARN’ further stated that additionally, NEC will also implement biometric technology for express check-in and entry with facial recognition systems, personal registration, to assist wayfinding, and provide enhanced safety and security.

The stadium is expected to seat 42,500 people and is planned to be opened in time for the 2022 National Rugby League (NRL) Finals Series, with Venues NSW claiming that NEC’s deployment will make the stadium experience “a whole new ball game”.

Mitsuhiro Murooka, President-cum-CEO of NEC A/NZ, added that its solutions at the Sydney Football Stadium will be a showcase of its technology.

Added Murooka, “In Australia, sport is an integral part of our culture and Sydney deserves a stadium which it can be proud of. By utilizing NEC Australia’s state-of-the-art digital and customer experience technology, we will ensure everyone who visits the new Sydney Football Stadium will have an experience that is second to none. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Venues NSW for this opportunity, we look forward to working together on this project and any future opportunities that may arise across the network.”

The deal also extends NEC’s services to upgrading screens across the rest of Venues NSW’s network, which includes Stadium Australia, the 30,000-capacity Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta (Australia), the 33,000-capacity McDonald Jones Stadium in Lambton (Australia), the 6,500-capacity Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Showground in Broadmeadow (Australia), the Sydney Cricket Ground, and the WIN Sports Stadium and Entertainment Centres.

This is the latest deal for NEC involving screens, with it previously winning a deal with West HQ to provide digital display technology for the 2,200-capacity Sydney Coliseum Theatre in Rooty Hill (Australia), which was announced in August 2019 prior to its opening in December that year.

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