AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile Subscribers Benefiting From Carriers’ Participation in Infrastructure at Golden 1 Center, “2017 Sports Facility of the Year”
Although Sprint is not yet on the system, that could change. “The more who benefit from the tech that’s inside the arena, the better,” said DGP President Steve Dutto.
Golden 1 Center, the home of the Sacramento Kings, has been named the “Sports Facility of the Year” by the Sports Business Journal. The Kings partnered with DAS Group Professionals (DGP) to deliver a next-generation technology solution to ensure the arena’s 17,608 guests and game-day staff could seamlessly utilize their personal cellular devices. The system has earned praise from sports teams, industry leaders, arena developers and participating carriers.
“The best fans in the NBA deserved the most technologically advanced area in the world,” said Kings Chief Technology Officer Ryan Montoya. “With DGP, AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile as committed partners, we redefined the fan experience through cutting-edge technology that enables our fans to share the in-arena atmosphere with their friends and family. “
Distributed antenna systems are integral to cellular connectivity in heavily engineered concrete and steel venues where thousands of people access their carrier’s larger systems. Historically, each of the “Big 4” carriers would build their own network, but that model has become outmoded as venue owners take the lead on building their own systems, and setting technical standards in order to ensure the best possible visitor experience. In the Kings case, DGP designed, built and worked with participating carriers to ensure the technology would meet or exceed each carrier’s demands.
Although Sprint is not yet on the system, that could change according to Dutto. “Our preference is to have all the major carriers using the DAS, and the stadium’s technology definitely would allow for the addition of Sprint.”
“Golden 1 Center is a global model for how teams can allow fans to connect and share their experience with the out-of-arena world,” said DGP President Steve Dutto. “The more who benefit from the tech that’s inside the arena, the better.”