SoFi stadium to get Wi-Fi 6 network infrastructure

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Cisco is to supply IT infrastructure that will enable the upcoming Wi-Fi 6 standard at the LA Rams’ SoFi Stadium and its surrounding Hollywood Park in Inglewood California.

The agreement between Hollywood Park and Cisco includes an end-to-end deployment of Cisco’s industry-leading sports and entertainment solutions across the development to create one of the most technologically advanced mixed-use developments in the world, said Cisco.

Hollywood Park, which will be the NFL’s biggest stadium when it opens summer 2020,  is being developed by Los Angeles Rams Owner / Chairman E. Stanley Kroenke.

“What Stan Kroenke is building at SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park will undoubtedly serve as a crown jewel in a city known for creativity, risk-taking and bold statements,” said Ken Martin, general manager of Sports and Entertainment, Cisco. “By partnering with Cisco, Hollywood Park is making a clear commitment to providing its guests with an unparalleled and seamless experience across the entire footprint of the property, all built on a technological foundation that allows us to be limited only by our collective imagination.”

The use of Wi-Fi 6, the next-generation wireless standard, will be the largest deployment ever of the technology in a sports venue. More than 2,500 Wi-Fi 6 access points in SoFi Stadium will deliver faster speeds , four times greater capacity than the previous Wi-Fi standard and higher reliability, all while being less taxing on a device’s battery.

The high-density network will also enable SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park to leverage one secure Wi-Fi platform for employees, operations and fan-facing services.

“SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park are the future of live sports and entertainment,” said Jason Gannon, managing director, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. “We envision SoFi Stadium not just hosting world-class events like the Super Bowl and the Olympics, but also serving as a dynamic media platform. Our partnership with Cisco will set a new standard for the fan experience through cutting-edge technology that will enhance the way guests interact with live events, not only at SoFi Stadium but across all of Hollywood Park.”

The 298-acre global sports and entertainment destination will also implement Cisco Vision, an end-to-end dynamic signage solution that combines high-definition video delivery with digital signage. The first-ever entirely 4K deployment of Cisco Vision will power approximately 2,500 screens throughout SoFi Stadium’s concourses, suites, concessions, as well as across Hollywood Park, making it one of the most sophisticated venues in the world to create and deliver media-centric experiences.

With one central point of control for all screens, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park will have the ability to dynamically program every area of the property and take a customized approach for each screen as desired or needed.

Opening July 2020, SoFi Stadium is the centerpiece of Hollywood Park and the future home of the Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams. Next to the stadium and under the same roof canopy is the 2.5-acre American Airlines Plaza and a 6,000-seat performance venue, which will hold a variety of events throughout the year, including esports, award shows, concerts and more. Hollywood Park is a mixed-use development that will feature a mix of residential, retail, and commercial spaces, as well as more than 20 acres of parkland for community use.

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