As fans crave more content and gameday interactivity while attending live sporting events, venues are boosting their offering with 5G mobile connectivity.
With 5G’s faster download, upload and lower latency speeds, thousands of fans are able to consume and share more digital content while at a game more, such as video highlights, social media videos, and interactive apps. To do this, the rollout of 5G has been pivotal.
US network provider, Verizon, is looking to build “the most powerful 5G network in America” and has introduced 5G Ultra Wideband technology to a number of professional sports venues. This includes NFL stadia, where the biggest venues will serve spectators, retailers, food and beverage concessions, maintenance and operations managers, and public safety officials, access to faster connectivity.
Here is a full list so far of the NFL stadia with 5G Ultra Wideband technology:
- Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers)
- Empower Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos)
- CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks)
- Ford Field (Detroit Lions)
- Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)
- Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins)
- Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts)
- MetLife Stadium (New York Giants and New York Jets)
- M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens)
- NRG Stadium (Houston Texans)
- Soldier Field (Chicago Bears)
- U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)
Verizon says the service will be concentrated in parts of the seating areas but could be available in other locations in and around the stadium as well. When customers with 5G enabled smartphones move outside Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband coverage area, the 5G-enabled devices will transition the signal to Verizon’s 4G network.
“As we celebrate the NFL’s 100th season we look forward to the day when Verizon will have their 5G Ultra Wideband service in the stadiums for all 32 NFL Clubs. Having this cutting-edge technology in our stadiums will greatly enhance the game-day experience and bring a multitude of benefits to our fans and Clubs in a number of different ways,” said Roger Goodell, commissioner, NFL.