Everton signs multi-year agreement with HPE Aruba Networking

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English Premier League football club Everton has signed a multi-year agreement with HPE Aruba Networking, a provider of enterprise network infrastructure. 

The deal will see HPE Aruba provide a secure and intelligent networking infrastructure solution, which is currently being installed at Everton’s new waterfront stadium. The installation will feature switches, access points, Wi-Fi, and wired network management security software, as well as network design, management and monitoring services. 

HPE Aruba Networking is a business unit of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which recently became the official edge-to-cloud partner of Spanish LaLiga club Barcelona’s Espai Barça venture for the next four seasons. 

The deal will equip club facilities, including the new-look Camp Nou, with HPE Aruba Networking and HPE Greenlake Cloud technology, which will enable real-time data analysis and implementation of integrated security solutions.

Commenting on Everton’s deal, Richard Kenyon, the club’s chief commercial and communications officer, said: “Working with HPE Aruba Networking will give Everton Stadium a best-in-class Wi-Fi network infrastructure and we are delighted to have them as an official supplier.

“Their expertise in networking some of the biggest venues in the UK, Europe and North America will be important as we develop the digital infrastructure and potential of Everton Stadium.

“A big positive of the move to our new home will be connectivity for supporters and the opportunities that will provide us to engage our partners in delivering the latest in digital experiences and services, both on matchdays and during other events held at the venue.” 

Mark Weeks, director of UK & Ireland, HPE Aruba Networking, added: “We are proud to be joining the project to deliver a world-class venue and a world-class home for Everton.

“At HPE Aruba Networking, we know that technology is a key element to every fan experience, from the point when they enter the stadium, at times when they want to share their excitement with loved ones outside of the stadium, at half-time, when leveraging local services like restaurants and bars, and even after the match has ended.”

Everton’s new 52,888-capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is expected to open by the end of the year, although the club will spend the entire 2024-25 season at Goodison Park. 

Last week, it was revealed that UK sportswear brand Castore had become the first founding partner of Everton Stadium.