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Edmonton Eskimo Football Club

June 06, 2015 10:00 ET

Eskimos and TELUS Announce $2.1-Million Wi-Fi Network at Commonwealth Stadium

Eskimos President and CEO Len Rhodes will be available to the media today at 11:30 a.m. at Eskimos Fan Day at Fuhr Sports Park, 211, Jennifer Heil Way, Spruce Grove

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 6, 2015) - The Edmonton Eskimo Football Club and TELUS are pleased to announce the installation of a free Wi-Fi network at Commonwealth Stadium. The $2.1-million project will allow stadium visitors to connect to the internet on a mobile device from their seat and throughout the stadium concourse. All visitors, regardless of service provider, will be able to connect to free TELUS Wi-Fi to enhance their experience at the game.

"This is a major strategic investment. We have a commitment to use the latest technology to engage with our fans and give them the best experience possible," says Eskimos President and CEO Len Rhodes. "This joint investment with TELUS allows us to activate many of the in-game features our fans want to use on their smartphones and devices while they watch live game action in the home of the Edmonton Eskimos."

Installation is underway and full-stadium availability will be complete in August. The official launch will take place at Social Media Night, presented by TELUS, on August 21 when the Edmonton Eskimos take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"Whether it's checking the web for stats and rosters or sharing the excitement of the game on social media, smartphones have become an integral part of the football experience," said Nicholas Cartmell, Senior Director of Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, TELUS. "TELUS has deep roots in Edmonton and this partnership ensures that our customers and neighbours here have access to the most advanced technology as they are cheering on the Eskimos."

As Wi-Fi is made available throughout the stadium, the game-day experience will evolve with the new technology, including the ability to "Tweet Your Beats" to select stadium music and participate in the TELUS Fan Photo Contest to be featured on the high-definition video board. Using the Eskimos app from the stadium, fans can enter on-field and in-seat contests as well as have team apparel delivered directly to their seats.

The TELUS Wi-Fi installation is the latest in a series of projects in the continuing modernization of Commonwealth Stadium. Last year, in partnership with the City of Edmonton, a new high-definition video board was installed complemented by a new state-of-the-art sound system. Additionally, visiting locker rooms were renovated and the endzones have been squared off.

This announcement expands TELUS' commitment to Eskimos fans. Recently, the company invested in an upgraded cellular network at the stadium to improve network reception during games.

About the Edmonton Eskimos

The Edmonton Eskimo Football Club is the most successful franchise of the Canadian Football League modern era. Founded in 1949, the team, known for their Green and Gold colours, are 13-time Grey Cup champions, including the historic five-in-a-row from 1978 to 1982. Through our unwavering commitment to integrity, accessibility and passion, the Edmonton Eskimos deliver a sports and entertainment experience worthy of champions. As a community-owned team, we strive to make a positive and meaningful impact in the community and are committed to the development of amateur football across Northern Alberta.

About TELUS

TELUS (TSX:T) (NYSE:TU) is Canada's fastest-growing national telecommunications company, with $12.1 billion of annual revenue and 13.9 million customer connections, including 8.3 million wireless subscribers, 3.1 million wireline network access lines, 1.5 million high-speed Internet subscribers and 937,000 TELUS TV customers. TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services, including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video, and is Canada's largest healthcare IT provider.

In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team members and retirees have contributed more than $396 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered and more than 6 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Created in 2005 by Executive Chairman Darren Entwistle, TELUS' 11 community boards across Canada have led the company's support of grassroots charities and have contributed $47 million in support of 3,700 local charities organizations by the end of 2014, enriching the lives of more than two million Canadian children and youth. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit telus.com.

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