The new home of Major League Soccer side Austin FC, which is due to be completed by Spring 2021, will feature the latest in stadium connectivity with Wi-Fi 6 and 5G coverage. It has been announced that it has selected DAS and Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless to design, install and operate the network.
At the new stadium currently under construction in Austin, Texas, Boingo will be responsible for delivering and maintaining neutral host cellular DAS and Wi-Fi 6 networks throughout the stadium, including bowl seating, suites, club sections, concourses and the field, to power a highly-connected, fan-focused experience.
“Our stadium will be a world-class facility that prioritizes technology, hospitality, and above all, the fan experience. We selected Boingo to achieve our tech-forward objectives and keep guests connected during all stadium events, notably on matchday,” said Andy Loughnane, president of Austin FC.
Boingo’s DAS will be designed for multi-carrier coverage, with flexibility for seamless 5G upgrades. The Wi-Fi 6 deployment will mark one of the first Wi-Fi 6 launches at an MLS stadium and will offer fans fast, free connectivity. Wi-Fi 6 is the latest generation of Wi-Fi designed to deliver enhanced coverage, capacity, speed and performance in dense, demanding Wi-Fi environments like stadiums. Passpoint, a next generation hotspot technology, will also be offered to connect fans to a seamless and secure Wi-Fi 6 experience.
“We’ve entered a new age of sports where the action takes place not only on the field, but also on the fan’s device,” said Mike Finley, Boingo CEO. “This immersive experience requires strong wireless connectivity that fuels fan engagement and satisfaction. From DAS to Wi-Fi 6 to Passpoint, Boingo has Austin FC covered, and we’re proud to play our part to provide a next generation connected fan experience.”
The Austin FC soccer park and stadium is a $260 million, 100% privately financed project in the tech-savvy City of Austin. When completed, the 20,500-seat multipurpose, open-air stadium will represent one of the most tech-forward, modern and ecofriendly sporting, entertainment and community venues in North America. In addition to hosting Austin FC, it is designed to accommodate other sporting events, concerts, community activities, and cultural events.