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Boingo brings 5G to San Diego’s Aztec Stadium

San Diego State University has selected Boingo to install a 5G network at its new Aztec Stadium.

The Wi-Fi and distributed antenna system (DAS) provider has been selected to design, build, operate and maintain a 5G-ready, neutral host cellular DAS network for SDSU’s new 35,000-capacity stadium, which is part of a $3.5bn campus expansion project.

Boingo will deploy service throughout Aztec Stadium, including bowl seating, the playing field, concourses, entry gates, press box, locker rooms, media centre, administrative offices and the surrounding parking lots. The arena is is expected to be completed for the 2022 NCAA football season.

“Aztec Stadium will define the next generation fan experience, where smart connectivity solutions enhance every venue touchpoint,” said John David Wicker, SDSU’s director of intercollegiate athletics.

“Boingo is the right wireless partner to help us realize our vision of delivering this fan-first experience and we’re excited to have them on board as our neutral host 5G partner.”

Boingo’s neutral host wireless network will be designed for multi-carrier 5G and LTE coverage, and designed to quickly transmit large amounts of data, such as augmented reality, virtual reality and 4K streaming.

“The new Aztec Stadium will be a world-class sports and entertainment venue with world-class connectivity built for the 5G era,” said Boingo chief executive Mike Finley.

“We’re proud to enable the stadium’s tech-forward initiatives to keep guests connected—whether live-streaming kickoff, engaging on the Aztecs mobile app or using a mobile ticket.”

In September, SDSU held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Aztec Stadium, a project that has been deemed the Californian city’s most significant sports and entertainment venue since the opening of Petco Park in 2004.

Mainly used for American football games, the stadium, which has been designed and will be built by Clark Construction Group in association with Gensler, will be located in the northwest corner of the Mission Valley site, which allows SDSU to continue to use the existing SDCCU Stadium while construction of the new venue is completed.

Image: SDSU