Boingo Wireless, a distributed antenna system (DAS), Wi-Fi and private network provider, has improved wireless connectivity at Petco Park, the company has disclosed. In support of digital transformation and operational continuity for the stadium and in collaboration with the San Diego Padres, Boingo said it has launched a private network to power mobile applications and make the fan experience more convenient. The 5G-ready network expands wireless coverage to Gallagher Square, a community gathering space inside Petco Park, and will be used by staff to process cash-free payments, contactless concessions and mobile ticketing, Boingo said.
“Professional sports teams are prioritizing next generation connectivity to elevate gameday experiences and overcome operational hurdles,” said Boingo CEO Mike Finley. “Our private network solutions give stadiums like Petco Park seamless and secure wireless coverage to connect mobile operations and bring the fan experience into the 5G era.”
Stadiums and other large venues can make use of Boingo private networks to move operational traffic off public networks to connect more devices and reduce congestion, a statement from the company reads. Venues have direct control over the network’s wireless coverage, location, quality and security with dedicated bandwidth that is closed off from outside traffic, it said. According to Boingo, the networks offer rich data insights and are designed to facilitate health and safety protocols, touchless engagement, security operations and prepaid parking.
Boingo said its network at Petco Park uses Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum and operates alongside the stadium’s public network.
“On gameday, the Padres have over 1,000 staffers running Petco Park,” said Padres CEO Erik Greupner. “To keep mobile operations running smoothly, we desired a standalone, closed network. Boingo checked every box. Their private network enables us to place cellular coverage exactly where we need it — in Gallagher Square — and cater to our mobile fanbase. This flexibility combined with data insights and security gives our organization a powerful wireless tool to deliver the great experience Padres fans expect.”
Configured for interoperability, unified management and easy installation, Boingo private networks can be implemented with 5G, LTE, CBRS and Wi-Fi 6 technologies and deployed alongside public neutral host DAS and Wi-Fi networks, the company said.
At Mobile World Congress Los Angeles 2021, Greupner and Finley will deliver a keynote on Petco Park’s private network launch and the effect of 5G technologies in sports and entertainment. Taking place on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. Pacific time, the keynote will also feature Gillian Zucker, president of business operations for the L.A. Clippers. Registration is available at mwclosangeles.com.