Livestrong Sporting Park Is First In U.S. to Use New Wi-Fi Technology

Livestrong Sporting Park – a model new, state-of-the-artwork $200 million facility – will open its doorways tomorrow when Sporting Kansas Metropolis hosts the Chicago Hearth at 10pm EST. The stadium’s creators declare to convey the “know-how out of your front room and supply it to the followers in attendence”.

Considered one of these applied sciences, named Related Stadium Wi-Fi, will permit followers to wirelessly harness a excessive-velocity Web sign on their cellular units. Cisco’s excessive-density routers — there are 196 of them blanketing the venue — will present quick access to cellular purposes (such because the staff’s first app, Sporting Discover), social-networking websites and increasingly on their smartphones, tablets or laptops.

Livestrong Park is one in every of “two or three” venues utilizing this kind of router however the first in the USA. From Dave Holland, GM and SVP of sports and leisure options group at Cisco:

Cisco is proud to work with Sporting Membership to convey a singular and technologically superior expertise for followers by means of versatile and customizable networking options.

Livestrong Sporting Park is a testomony for different venues which are on the lookout for methods to cater to today’s ‘related fan’ by offering the built-in and memorable experiences they demand.

In accordance to Sporting Membership and Cisco, if the stadium is crammed to capability, eighty % of the stadium might join with minimal lag. Given the stadium’s seating capability of 18,500 that signifies that up to 14,800 followers might entry the community with little problem.

In an interview final month, Twins VP of Technology John Avenson stated he was solely seeing a max of 1,000 simultaneous connections to their newly launched “Twins Wi-Fi” community at any given time.

In a remark associated to Avenson’s interview, Dallas Maverick’s proprietor and entrepreneur Mark Cuban advised Sport Techie he believes that actual development in stadium networking will probably be when a venue can feasibly present full video entry to its followers.

…enabling a wi fi connection is way totally different than enabling full time video…Doing 1k wi fi simuls is fairly straightforward. And until [a team] is doing one thing distinctive with it, there actually isn’t a big benefit over these individuals with sensible telephones utilizing their mobile connection.

Little question about it – quickly each professional sports venue within the U.S. will supply Wi-Fi. The query that is still unanswered is how will these networks fare as excessive-high quality video turns into extra widespread and accessible?