Connacht rugby fans get connected with free Wi-Fi from Magnet Networks

25 Sep 2017

Galway Sportsground now has fast and free Wi-Fi for fans who want to stay connected. Image: MediaConsult

Following the recent announcement of free Wi-Fi across Galway city, Magnet Networks has given another connectivity boost to the West, this time for rugby fans.

Magnet Networks has upgraded the Wi-Fi at Galway Sportsground, installing new access points to handle the demands of the stadium at match-day capacity.

The Sportsground was built in 1927 and its regular capacity is 8,100, with expansions carried out in recent years thanks to the success of Connacht Rugby.

Wi-Fi for fans young and old

Connacht Rugby’s head of commercial and marketing, Brian Mahony, spoke about how it is no longer just young fans who want to avail of a speedy connection at matches. “We now have full coverage throughout the stadium, with enviable speeds thanks to Magnet Networks.

“In the past, it was traditionally the younger fans that would use their devices at games. Now, expectations have changed and fans of all ages need to log on while at a game.

“Connacht fans can now enjoy a high-speed connection that is on par with any other stadium. In fact, we have had zero connectivity issues since the introduction of the WiFi, and not every stadium can say that.”

The fibre connection installed by Magnet Networks includes five access points, ensuring secure coverage for all fans out to enjoy match days.

Users of the new Wi-Fi will also be in with a chance of scooping prizes simply by using the service.

Connecting Connacht

Regional sales director at Magnet Networks, Philip Clapperton, was keen to emphasise the company’s commitment to making Galway a more connected city for businesses and citizens alike, citing the recent broadening of free Wi-Fi as proof.

“We are committed to working with businesses in the Galway region who are looking to move to the next level.

“As well as our new high-speed connection to the Sportsground, we have also created a digital corridor in the city centre with free public Wi-Fi along Shop Street, and provided connectivity to the recent Galway International Arts Festival.”

Ellen Tannam was a journalist with Silicon Republic, covering all manner of business and tech subjects