The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) recently announced TELUS as a Founding Partner and the Official Telecommunications Supplier for TD Place and OSEG’s three sports teams; the Ottawa REDBLACKS (CFL), Ottawa Fury FC (NASL) and Ottawa 67’s (OHL). The ten-year founding partnership agreement ensures that visitors to TD Place receive Canada’s most advanced fan experience when they attend sporting events and concerts at the facility.
OSEG CEO, Bernie Ashe, said:
Several years ago, when we began researching the elements that differentiate a good fan experience from a great one, we learned that free high-speed Wi-Fi and access to unique content were critically important. TELUS understands it’s not just about the technology; it’s about enhancing relationships with guests and giving them the ability to exchange information, photos and videos with friends in the stadium or anywhere in the world, without thinking about bandwidth or data plan minutes. TELUS provides the technology and creative guidance to enable us to deliver a great fan experience.
A facet of the founding partnership that drives fan experience is the integration of the world’s most advanced platform for digital content management, Cisco StadiumVision™.
StadiumVision, supplied, deployed and operated by Telus at TD Place, will provide fans with live coverage of games, unique video features and a range of other event related information on the 400+ HD video screens located throughout the facility.
Michael Sangster, Vice President of Federal Government Relations at TELUS, advised at the announcement:
Today is an exciting day for the city of Ottawa, as well as for its sports and entertainment fans. It is also a very proud and exciting day for the entire TELUS team. We are a company that believes strongly in giving back to our communities, and this partnership allows us to be a part of sports and entertainment history in the beautiful city of Ottawa.
The founding partnership with TELUS also ensures that Ottawa REDBLACKS fans will have access to team related digital content on mobile devices with the official REDBLACKS App. The app, developed by Telus and available for Android and iOS, will deliver video features, replays, stats, stadium information and a range of soon to be imagined future content.
That’s another key differentiator. TELUS solutions are scalable to meet our future technology requirements and fan preferences. They are a true partner and we are delighted to welcome TELUS to TD Place.
Image caption: (credit the Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group) Bernie Ashe, CEO of Ottawa Sports & Entertainment Group; Kevin Runia, Director, Sales, Telus; Adrian Sciarra, VP of Partnership and Merchandise Sales, OSEG; Michael Sangster, Vice President, Federal Government Relations, Telus; Big Joe; Nicholas Cartmell, Sr. Director, Strategic Initiatives, Telus; John Pugh, Partner with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group; Jeff Hunt, Partner with the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group; and Randy Burgess, VP of Communications and Fan Experience with OSEG.
FYI: Enhancing the Fan Experience: A Technology Showcase will be a key industry feature for our forthcoming Autumn/Fall ’14 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management. If your company would like to be included or as a venue operator you would like to have your say, please contact Katie McIntyre on Tel: +353 (0) 44 9335212 (Ireland) or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org