Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd, buy me some…well, you know the rest of the song. Baseball has commonly been referred to as “America’s pastime” since the 1940’s, but a lot has changed since then and one of the biggest changes is…THE SMARTPHONE. As fans demand larger amounts of wireless traffic, for cellular needs and Wi-Fi capabilities, stadiums have turned to the use of DAS (Distributed Antenna Systems) to provide the extra boost of coverage that is necessary.
Mobile Sports Report wrote that “According to AT&T, Cubs fans at Wrigley Field for Monday night’s home opener used 1.4 terabytes of wireless data on AT&T’s cellular and DAS (distributed antenna system) in and around the Friendly Confines. That was almost 400 GB more than the biggest AT&T usage report from last fall’s World Series, when Wrigley Field saw 1.006 TB of data used on AT&T networks for Game 3, the first game in Chicago.” That is a lot of data! The reason for the boost was a packed house of fans waiting for the Cubs to unveil the World Series and National League pennant banners from the previous season.
In any type of sports stadium or arena, DAS plays an important role in the fan experience, but so are aesthetics. Fenway Park (MLB), PNC Park (MLB), Lucas Oil Stadium (NFL), AT&T Stadium (NFL) and many others take an immense amount of pride in the look and feel of their stadiums. Hiding your DAS concealments is a huge part of that in our eyes. Take a look at our DAS Concealment Portfolio for examples of previous projects.