We have been installing fibre optic and structured cabling on behalf of FFC for several years, mostly at their main Craven Cottage stadium, but also in significant quantities at their Motspur Park training facility and their academy at Chessington.
Our first involvement back in 2005 at Craven Cottage was to install a network of multi-mode fibre optic backbones to a dozen new cabinets, strategically located around the stadium, with the subsequent need to also install many additional structured outlets throughout the site (both at that same time and in the following years) for telephony, data, EPOS, WiFi and CCTV purposes. It must be said that many of the main cabling routes (as is surely the case in any football stadium) are particularly long and found mostly in potentially hazardous environments, such as low undercrofts beneath the seating areas, coupled with a great deal of high-level working through the rear of the stands, with other routes being typically via underground ducts and overhead gantries.
With parts of the Craven Cottage stadium being on the National Heritage List for England (NHLE), the everyday challenges are compounded by the need to also observe and comply with specific regulations for undertaking cabling in such listed buildings.
It is also worth adding one final note concerning Craven Cottage specifically: As a football ground, it becomes a hive of activity every year during the closed season! Much project work can be pre-planned in advance but cannot commence until the current season finishes each year, at which point it becomes imperative to provide adequate management and resource to successfully complete the scheduled work before the new season begins. Given the club’s promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2017/18 season, this was particularly significant in the summer of 2018, during which months a whole host of additional IT cabling was needed, largely prompted by safety requirements.