A sign of the times is the race to deploy ubiquitous wireless communication across sports enterprise locations throughout the nation. Owners, and wireless providers alike, are scrambling to offer an umbrella of wireless interconnect throughout their venues.
The arena owners want to offer fans the ability to stay connected while enjoying their sport. Wireless infrastructure players see this as an opportunity to push products and services to targeted customers in a captive environment.
In December, Corning announced it has reached a major milestone—providing wireless coverage to 50 sports stadiums and arenas in the United States, Canada and Mexico with combined coverage for 2.4 million spectators. In the United States, the list of venues covered by Corning MobileAccess wireless technology includes 12 NFL stadiums, seven MLB stadiums, and 14 NCAA football and basketball arenas. In addition, Corning MobileAccess covers eight stadiums and arenas in Canada and Mexico, including one of the world’s largest bullrings.
New High-Speed Wireless Network Enhances Verizon Center Communications
An example of the importance of DAS to today’s high-tech arena is the recent announcement that Monumental Sports and Entertainment, owners and managers of the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., will contract Mobilitie to install a new DAS at the arena.
The stadium plays host to fans of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas, as well as concert and event patrons. The new DAS network is earmarked to provide enhance high-speed wireless connectivity and services to the arena’s 2.5 million annual visitors at more than 220 world-class sporting events and concerts.
“Mobilitie brings access to the latest wireless technology ensuring fans who come to Verizon Center games and events will stay connected and be able to run the latest mobile applications on their smartphones and mobile devices,” Ted Leonsis, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, said in an interview.
The owners, wireless providers and third-party application and service providers are betting that a high-speed, wide bandwidth neutral-host antenna system will enhance fans overall wireless experience across multiple wireless carriers. The system is being carefully designed to improve wireless coverage, enhance capacity and improve data speeds during peak times at Verizon Center events.
Mobilitie already owns and operates wireless infrastructure at many professional sports stadiums across the country, including some of the largest stadiums and arenas in the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL. The company also provides wireless infrastructure to marquee venues, such as Churchill Downs and the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The DAS network is expected to be finished in the spring.