Building the core infrastructure
A blown fibre network was installed, connecting the 4 communications rooms and all areas of the stadium. This upgraded the network to 10GB, providing a stable backbone for all the applications and devices. Initially 7 core 5mm duct was run between the communications rooms, laid using cable trays suspended from the ceilings above the public concourse, with each length covering approximately 300 metres. Once the duct was in place, compressed air was use to blow through 3×12 core OM4 fibre optic cable, a technique which allows rapid installation and results in less stress on the fibre.
Once the cabling was complete, and the switches installed, a Cabling Tidy project was carried out, replacing all the patch leads. This was carried out over a bank holiday weekend, with a 20 man ACCL team breaking and rebuilding the connections in the network cabinets, so that everything could be up and running again by the Tuesday.
With a stable network backbone was in place, ACCL installed Wi-Fi at the stadium for use by employees and guests.