Manchester United, the world’s biggest football club, today announces the re-launch of its website (www.manutd.com), which has been developed in conjunction with the creative department of Dimension Data, a leading technology services company. Dimension Data won a five-way competitive pitch in November 2001 to redefine Manchester United’s online presence.
Breaking the mould of current football websites, the site is wholly focused on maximising the online football experience to the millions of Manchester United supporters across the world (an estimated 54 million worldwide - source: Mori 2001). After consultation with Manchester United’s own fans, Dimension Data has developed a football website, which re-creates and reflects the heightening levels of excitement experienced by the fans in the lead-up to each match kick-off.
The website has three main areas for its fans, ‘Football Now’, ‘Theatre of Dreams’ and Shop@MU. ‘Football Now’ is the dynamic section of the site, which focuses on the current season and features a countdown clock and statistics of the next match, even changing the interface colour to reflect the colour of the strip that Manchester United will be next playing in. The ‘Theatre of Dreams’ area is dedicated to the club and its ongoing relationship with its fans, providing information about the club’s heritage, purchasing of tickets and online merchandising to the global community of supporters. Shop@MU is an area where fans can purchase a wide range of Manchester United products and services, including merchandise, hospitality and tickets.
David Gill, Group Managing Director at Manchester United commented: “Dimension Data won a very competitive pitch for the business last year, having convinced us they could develop a distinctive new online experience for our fans. Since then the team has worked hard to build the new ManUtd.com, in collaboration with our hosting partner TWI Interactive. In spite of tight deadlines and specific budgets, they have helped deliver a site which we believe reflects our standing in football – world class.”
Commenting on the project, Michel Robert, e-business director at Dimension Data said: “We were delighted to be involved in developing a new and exciting online presence for one of the world’s biggest and best-known sporting brands. Our solid understanding of the technical platform and surrounding areas, such as dynamic content delivery, gave us the edge over other creative design agencies which enabled us to come up with a new and quite radical solution that focuses on the needs of the site’s users – Manchester United supporters. We feel this represents the next generation of web design.”
The new ManUtd.com website goes ‘live’ on 15 April 2002.
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Dimension Data Holdings plc (LSE: DDT) is a leading global technology services company, specialising in providing IT solutions that enable businesses to operate and communicate flexibly and seamlessly. The Group’s unique combination of networking and application integration expertise and global managed services capabilities make it ideally positioned to deliver these solutions.
Dimension Data, founded in 1983, had revenues of .5 billion in 2001 and operates in 30+ countries with over 9,500 employees. For more information, please go to www.didata.com http://www.didata.com
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