London Stadium, home of Premier League football club West Ham United, has announced today (Monday) that it has upgraded to a 5G network as part of plans to enhance the experience for fans.

The network will look to provide a “fully connected” experience and the switchover coincides with the recent return of West Ham supporters to London Stadium.

The 5G network will be fitted by telco EE and will deliver increased speed and reliability to the venue. Fans will have access to fast and stable download speeds with the new system, which will complement the recent installation of HD Wi-Fi at the stadium.

The 5G technology will also provide benefits for the day-to-day operations, safety and security of London Stadium, which has a capacity of 60,000 for football matches and up to 80,000 for other events.

It is hoped the improved connectivity will give more accurate access to location services and provide the opportunity to introduce multiple technologies which can be used in the stadium and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The announcement comes after London Stadium went fully cashless for West Ham’s match against Manchester United on December 5, when home fans returned to the venue following a nine-month absence. The transition to cashless will look to reduce queueing time at bars and restaurants and increase speed of service when the venue returns to full capacity.

London Stadium chief executive Graham Gilmore said: “We want to give our fans the best possible experience when they visit our stadium. The upgrade to 5G means that whether you’re coming to London Stadium to watch the football, baseball, rugby, athletics or a concert, you will always have the ability to be connected and have the best that technology has to offer.”

Adis Omeragic, of EE’s special projects team, added: “5G is the next generation of mobile technology, enabling people to stay connected when they need it most. The speeds and reliability of EE’s 5G network at London Stadium will enhance the mobile experience for visitors, ensuring they can stay in touch with friends and family, and share highlights from their visit in real time.”

EE installed 4G technology at London Stadium ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Image: London Stadium