Cloud-driven networking company Extreme Networks has built on its long-running association with the National Football League (NFL) by agreeing a six-year deal to become the official Wi-Fi solutions provider of Major League Baseball (MLB).

The agreement announced today (Wednesday) commences with the forthcoming 2021 MLB season. Extreme will deliver in-stadium Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi analytics in 16 MLB ballparks to improve the fan and media experience, with installations scheduled through 2026. Extreme will also power the network at MLB’s Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida.

ExtremeWireless cloud-enabled access points will be installed in 16 National League and American League stadiums providing secure, dedicated Wi-Fi and network analytics. The faster, more efficient network capability will support the high-bandwidth application requirements of media and broadcast analysts.

Fans at Extreme-powered MLB venues will be able to access a faster, more efficient Wi-Fi network to support use of bandwidth-hungry applications during the game. Staff members will benefit from advanced connectivity, data analytics, and telemetry insights to directly improve guest support while also reducing operating risk.

Jackie Robinson Training Complex, which serves as a youth hub for the League’s baseball and softball development efforts, is also part of the network upgrade. Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, will be the first ballpark to roll out Extreme’s high-density Wi-Fi 6 solutions.

Throughout its partnership, MLB and Extreme will also work to identify shared programs and co-create events to champion and celebrate women leading the advancement of technology in sports.

Chris Marinak, chief operations and strategy officer at MLB, said: “Our pursuit of adopting best-in-class technology serves the dual purpose of helping Major League Baseball continue to advance the sport while also engaging with fans of all generations in new ways.

“Specifically, our network requirements not only demand the highest levels of reliability but also capability to support the data, applications, and devices which enable us to provide minute level of details and insights. With Extreme’s support, we know we will deliver an improved experience for everyone in these ballparks.”

Extreme has been the official Wi-Fi solutions provider of the NFL since 2013. Twelve teams currently leverage Extreme Wi-Fi, while 25 utilise Extreme Analytics. In January 2020, Extreme Networks’ Wi-Fi 6 solutions were installed at Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans.

Commenting on the MLB deal, Ed Meyercord, president and CEO of Extreme Networks, said: “Major League Baseball is a pioneer in using technology to advance how fans interact with the sport.

“Extreme’s industry leading solutions, which leverage state-of-the-art cloud, mobility, and analytics capabilities, will help the League, its teams, and fans connect data, devices, and people together in the most effortless manner possible.”