Sydney Cricket Ground to roll out Wi-Fi network in 2014

Network will allow fans to order food and drinks on their mobile devices

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) is implementing a new Wi-Fi network which is set to go live in January 2014.

The network will allow fans to view high definition IPTV and mobile video on their smartphones or tablets. They can also order food and drinks without having to leave their seat.

Fans will initially be able to use the network in the new $197 million MA Noble, Bradman and Messenger stands at the SCG during the first Ashes cricket test.

Network access will be progressively rolled out to include all areas of the SCG, Allianz Stadium and the Sports Central Plaza over the next five years.

SCG Trust CEO Jamie Barkley said that sports and entertainment venues have to compete with the "at home" experience.

“We want fans to be able watch replays, view HD footage and engage in social media while ordering food, drinks or merchandise from the comfort of their seat,” he said in a statement.

The network will be built with Cisco hardware and implemented by Telstra.

Barkley added that an additional 420 plasma TV screens will be installed in the new stands for the Ashes test in January, taking the total number of TV screens at the SCG to 900.

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