Telecommunications infrastructure firm Mobilitie has partnered with Major League Baseball (MLB) team Tampa Bay Rays to bring 5G connectivity to its Tropicana Field ballpark.

Mobilitie’s extensive network upgrade is comprised of 15 sector MIMO DAS and features more than 15,000 feet of fibre, 138 remotes and 276 antennas. The work will seek to ensure fans have a reliable wireless experience within the stadium by improving network speeds, capacity and cell reception throughout the venue.

“We are thrilled to have selected Mobilitie as our long-term wireless solution provider,” said Juan Ramirez, vice-president of IT for the Tampa Bay Rays. “Their expertise in deploying innovative network infrastructure has made them a great technology partner, and we are excited about the new network and the future technologies, including 5G, it will provide for the stadium, the team and the fans.”

Tropicana Field is the latest US major league sports stadium where Mobilitie has invested in new infrastructure to provide support for 5G and future technologies. In recent months, the company announced projects and upgrades with Los Angeles’ Staples Center and Charlotte’s Spectrum Center.

Michael Curry, vice-president of wireless solutions at Mobilitie, said: “The latest mobile technologies and enhanced connectivity are a vital part of the fan experience for major league sports venues. With the league hopeful that attendees can soon return to the stands, what better way to welcome fans back than by offering a best-in-class wireless experience.”

In July, the City of St. Petersburg launched a request for proposals process for the Tropicana Field site, urging potential applications to be flexible with regards whether the land will ultimately host an MLB stadium.

Tropicana Field is currently the home ballpark of the Rays, but the MLB club’s long-term future at the stadium is uncertain. The RFP for the 86-acre stadium site outlines the city’s guiding principles for the project and how it envisions its next new neighbourhood.

Image: City of St. Petersburg