US arenas receive Verizon’s 5G service

US telecommunications company Verizon has furthered the roll out of its 5G network in US sports venues by announcing that the service is now available in three arenas.

Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service has been installed at Chase Center in San Francisco, the new home of NBA basketball team Golden State Warriors; Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, which hosts NBA franchise the Suns and NHL ice hockey club the Coyotes; and Pepsi Center in Denver, home of the NBA’s Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche.

Verizon said the service will soon be installed at Madison Square Garden in New York, adding that it will be live in 10 arenas by the end of the 2019-20 season. “Verizon is leading in 5G development and is transforming how entire industries operate ranging from entertainment to manufacturing,” said Heidi Hemmer, vice-president of technology at Verizon.

“Having this next generation technology in large venues like arenas should not only enhance the game-day experience for sports fans, but provide greater bandwidth for concert-goers, visitors or businesses working inside the venue.”

The indoor arena deployment of 5G is part of Verizon’s strategy to bring the latest in network technology to major venues. The news follows the company’s announcement last month that the Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband service is live in 13 NFL American football stadia.

Image: Jason O’Rear/Chase Center