Gimme a “D” Gimme an “A” Gimme an “S” What’s that Spell?
Improved wireless access for hundreds of thousands of students, alumni and others taking part in the rituals of fall on the nation’s campuses via distributed antenna systems, with a little Wi-Fi thrown in.
The University of Florida’s Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, which fits 90,000 Gator fans, has been outfitted with 300 DAS antennas. The system passed the test during its initial game against Bowling Green.
“During the first game of this season, I placed a test call to home and walked around the whole stadium concourse and the call did not drop,” said John Madey, telecom manager for UF Information Technology. “I would not have been able to even make a phone call last year.” The Gators won 27-14, too.
It took UF nearly three years to coordinate the implementation of the DAS. AT&T, which won the bid, is equipping the university with the technology and installing hundreds of antennas to achieve the required -87 dBm coverage. During the next two years, AT&T will connect all buildings on campus. The next phase of the project includes the hospital, library and the multipurpose events center.
DAS Disguised at Clemson University Football Stadium
The 77,500 fans that crowd into watch the Clemson University Tigers at Memorial Stadium in South Carolina this fall will enjoy a DAS network enhanced by Verizon Wireless, but they may never know it’s there.
Stealth Concealment Solutions worked closely with its client to seamlessly integrate DAS systems throughout the stadium. These customized pennant mounting poles and radius boxes resulted from numerous rounds of designs, all focused on providing an end product that would be acceptable to the fans and university officials. They are built to endure the elements and RF transparent to ensure a robust wireless signal across the stadium.
DAS Supports Crimson Tide Football Fans
TE Connectivity has installed an InterReach Spectrum and FlexWave Prism DAS solution with 715 antennas in and around University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium to support more than 100,000 fans that attend each game. Verizon Wireless and AT&T selected TE Connectivity to design and install the DAS, which will be operated by both carriers.
The reviews after the first game were mixed from the student body, who reported everything from “excellent” to “no data coverage at all,” according to the student newspaper the Crimson White.
Auburn University Football Fans Get Wi-Fi
Auburn University worked with Verizon to deploy a public Wi-Fi network throughout Jordan-Hare Stadium in the Tigers’ stadium, which went live in time for Auburn’s first home football game on Sept. 15 against the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
Verizon teamed with iBAHN, an Internet provider for the hospitality and meeting industries, to build and install the Wi-Fi network – known as AU Guest Wi-Fi. Unlike Wi-Fi systems set up by AT&T, the network has encrypted security and high-speed billing and support capabilities and is available by paid subscription.
Verizon is providing the connectivity and backhaul to the public Internet and iBAHN is helping to process payments and provide customer support.