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Tech Stack: Texas Rangers, Minor League Baseball and more

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Our weekly tech round-up from the stadium and arena sector…

GZ6G Technologies, an enterprise smart solutions provider for cities, stadiums, universities and other large venues, has signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Major League Baseball’s Texas Rangers.

The company will manage sponsorship opportunities within Globe Life Field across IPTV and fans’ mobile devices during games and other live events. GZ6G’s interface will provide fans who log into the venue’s Wi-Fi network with quick and secure internet access, which will be complemented by relevant messaging such as food and merchandising discounts or urgent updates.

Sponsorship opportunities will also be provided across Wi-Fi networks operated through the company’s managed service solutions. GZ6G will manage the networks within the live event facilities and their respective Wi-Fi networks.

Extreme Networks has been selected by Minor League Baseball to support the testing of new stadium and in-game technologies as they are rolled out more widely across ballparks.

As an official technology innovation partner of MiLB, Extreme will leverage ExtremeCloud SD-WAN to power secure connectivity for information-sharing between teams and regional training facilities.

Extreme also becomes the official Wi-Fi solution, Wi-Fi analytics solution and WAN edge solution provider of MiLB for the next five years. The league will use ExtremeAnalytics to better understand the performance and testing of new technologies, including monitoring the performance of new applications.

The deal will complement Extreme’s existing partnership with Major League Baseball, through which it delivers in-stadium Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi analytics in ballparks.

The Seattle-based University of Washington has selected social payments platform Cheq to provide mobile ordering and self-service kiosks at its venues during the upcoming American football season.

Mobile ordering for food and beverages will be available at the 70,000-capacity Husky Stadium, home of the Washington Huskies.

Read our story from earlier this week for full details.

University of Bolton Stadium, home of League One football club Bolton Wanderers, has received an upgrade to its video distribution system courtesy of TVD Group.

The company has fitted its own-brand Mitchell & Brown TVs in the main concourse and in luxury suites. The project also included upgrading light-box signage in the food courts to fully digital screens.

In corporate hospitality areas and platinum suites, TVD used 55- and 65-inch flagship 4K UHD TVs with near-frameless design. The entire system went live to coincide with the opening of Bolton’s new fan zone, a 1,000-capacity outdoor space for supporters to gather before and after matches.

The University of Missouri has debuted self-serve technology powered by Levy Restaurants and DBK Studio, enabling fans attending games at Faurot Field to order food from automated kiosks.

SportTechie reports that fans can also order food via the Mizzou Tigers mobile app before receiving a notification that the food was ready. Orders can then be retrieved from lockers via a QR code.

Audiovisual systems manufacturer Daktronics has continued its long-term partnership with the University of Wisconsin by manufacturing and installing a new LED video wall in a club area and ribbon displays in the seating bowl at Camp Randall Stadium.

Daktronics has partnered with commercial construction company JP Cullen on the project, which includes a new narrow-pixel pitch display in the Champions Club. The project also includes other aspects of LED technology throughout the stadium, including new ribbon displays along the fascia in the south end zone.