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SBD Global/July 10, 2014/Facilities

Bristol City Owner Planning Investment In Wi-Fi At Football Stadiums Throughout England

League One side Bristol City FC and Bristol Rugby Clubs Owner Steve Lansdown is "investing in a plan to fit out stadiums up and down the country with Wi-Fi connectivity," according to Sean Martin of the INT'L BUSINESS TIMES. Lansdown, who is also co-founder of financial services firm Hargreaves Lansdown, "originally purchased a minority stake in digital marketing firm Sport Revolution" in Dec. '12, through his investment vehicle, Sustainable Technology Investments Guernsey. Sport Revolution "recently installed its Wi-Fi infrastructure and app, StadiumLIVE, at Celtic Park in Glasgow." The idea of fans "engaging at grounds using social media, and being provided with latest team news and statistics," has piqued Lansdown's interest. Sports Revolution Managing Dir Antony Marcou said, "What caught Steve's eye was our focus on social and data bases around big sporting communities." Lansdown "did not disclose the amount of latest funding." Gordon Power, Lansdown's business partner, will be "placed as chairman of Sports Revolution as part of the deal" (IB TIMES, 7/8).
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