Wireless is at the forefront as San Francisco and Levis Stadium gear up for Super Bowl 50. Only a year after deploying the DAS at the brand new Levi’s Stadium, home of the 49ers, DAS Group Professionals (DGP) has completely re-deployed the system doubling the capacity.
The renovation of the not-quite-1-year-old Levi’s Stadium DAS was all done in the name of Super Bowl 50, set for February 2016. The massive wireless data flow at Super Bowl XLIX last February got the major wireless carriers working early to ensure that this year’s Super Bowl will have enough cellular capacity, according to DGP president Steve Dutto.
Verizon expanded its coverage from 60 to 80 sectors, while AT&T increased from 45 to 54 sectors. DGP increased its coverage zones in the main seating bowl from 23 to 40. The number of remote units grew from 330 to 450.
Antennas provided by JMA Wireless were increased from 250 to 400, including under-seat deployments, plus more than 20 new antenna placements in the parking lot.
How is the new system performing? Well, during the first-ever Monday Night Football game at Levi’s Stadium, the Wi-Fi network saw 2.87 terabytes of data, with an additional 874 GB traversing the AT&T cellular DAS network during the Niners’ 20-3 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.