U.S. wireless infrastructure provider Mobilitie said it is bringing 5G connectivity to Toyota Stadium, home of Major League Soccer club FC Dallas.
Located in Frisco, Texas, the 20,500-seat stadium complex is also the home to the National Soccer Hall of Fame, which opened in 2018.
“Mobilitie’s expertise deploying wireless networks in MLS stadiums made it an easy decision to choose them as our partner, and they continue to provide the latest mobile technologies and wireless capabilities for our fans,” said Jimmy Smith, COO for FC Dallas. “Our FC Dallas fans are some of the best in the MLS and we’re thrilled to bring them high-speed connectivity,” added Melissa Jannetta, VP of Business Development for FC Dallas.
With the latest upgrades, the network will feature DAS and DRAN layers to provide high-speed coverage and capacity for all areas of the stadium including the stands, suites and concourse, as well as the tailgating area.
“We’ve designed a multilayer high-speed wireless network for Toyota Stadium that will provide a best-in-class experience for all attendees and fans,” said Michael Curry, VP of wireless solutions at Mobilitie. “It’s exciting for us to provide next generation 5G solutions for major league sporting venues like Toyota Stadium.”
Mobilitie previously said it was also deploying a 5G network at West End Stadium, the future home to FC Cincinnati.
The stadium is expected to officially open in March 2021 and will host 26,000 fans.
Mobilitie is deploying a network of more than 60,000 linear feet of fiber, with more than 200 antennas, including 8 multi-beam antennas.
In a recent interview with In-Building Tech, Jason Caliento, Executive Vice President, Network Strategy at Mobilitie said that the firm was working in 5G deployments at sports venues in preparation for future in-person events following the pandemic. “The company has a sizable portfolio of marquees sports and entertainment venues, and our teams are actively designing and deploying 5G across that entire portfolio in preparation for the in-person events that will come later in the year. There have been some really compelling advancements in what 5G can bring in terms of virtual reality and augmented reality, and we’re proud to be facilitating those user experiences.”