At the time when stadiums are working diligently to enhance fans engagement at the time of global sports events by incorporating high-end technology inside the stadium.

Europe’s one of the largest stadiums, Nou Camp is all set to be first 5G network stadium.

La Liga major soccer club Barcelona has revealed that the Nou Camp will become first Europe Soccer stadium after being equipped with a devoted 5G network.

The 5G Stadium-Immersive Reality project was introduced at the Mobile World Congress. The project was a part of an association between Spanish telecommunication major company Telefonica  and Mobile operator ecosystem GSMA with ab objective to create more immersive broadcast experiences for fans.

With the enactment of the project, there will be numerous wireless 360-degree cameras connected to the 5G network which will be installed at different location around the Nou Camp including next to the goal and near the dugouts. Once 360-cameras installation accomplishes, it will allow fans watching football match sitting a home to experience the match using their Virtual reality glasses and enjoy actions of match as if they were in the stadium.

Major football stadiums have in recent years become places where new technologies play a key role in capturing and relaying sporting experiences: cablecams, flycams, video drones, reinforced mobile coverage and the broadcasting of exclusive content are just some of the innovations that enrich the television experience and that 5G will take to the next level thanks to the high uplink rate, lower latency and Edge Computing, which means 360º cameras can be positioned without the need to worry about communication cables.

5G technology also boosts video flows between 30 Mbps and up to 200 Mbps because of the qualities of 360º in 4K, while a streaming server placed on the closest Edge of the mobile network to the users means that multiple spectators with 360º goggles can be immersed in the greatest viewing experience available today on mobile devices.

“For FC Barcelona it is a great pride that Camp Nou is the first football stadium in Europe with 5G internal coverage,” said Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. “Thanks to the agreement between FC Barcelona and GSMA, with the participation of Telefónica, we have put the Camp Nou as an innovation laboratory available to the most advanced technology in mobile phones.”

“The 5G Stadium-Immersive Reality in sports pilot programme is further proof that the technology industry is diversifying towards new sectors, and becoming more and more relevant,” added GSMA chief executive John Hoffman. “With immersive reality, new generations will experience sports differently and sports fans will be offered unprecedented access, and will also be able to customise their own experiences from any angle in 360-degree.”

Barcelona’s iconic Nou Camp is set to undergo a major renovation as part of the €600 million Espai Barca project, which will see the stadium’s capacity increased to 105,000. The transformation also involves the installation of a roof to provide shelter for all seats along with a new perimeter ring that will house VIP boxes and restaurants.

On the pitch, Barca travel to play El Clasico rivals Real Madrid twice this week – first in the second leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday before the pair meet again in the league on Saturday.


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