Connectivity at Q2 Stadium is set to be enhanced with telecommunications company T-Mobile rolling out its Ultra Capacity 5G network at the home of Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise Austin FC.
With the launch of UC 5G at Q2 Stadium, T-Mobile customers can benefit from download speeds up to 16 times faster during a game. Tablets have also been provided on-site, connected to T-Mobile’s network, which grant access to ordering food and beverages. Fans who aren’t T-Mobile customers can still have the same experience through the telco’s Network Pass.
“Q2 stadium is a world-class facility that prioritises technology, hospitality, and above all, the guest experience,” said Andy Loughnane, Austin FC president. “We’re thrilled we can provide fans a best-in-class 5G experience during all Austin FC and Q2 Stadium events.”
T-Mobile worked with Austin FC’s connectivity partner, Boingo Wireless, which manages the converged, neutral host cellular distributed antenna system (DAS) and Wi-Fi 6 networks throughout the stadium. This includes bowl seating, suites, club sections, concourses and the field.
The addition of Q2 Stadium means that 46 sports and entertainment venues across the US are covered with UC 5G, with Yankee Stadium joining this group in August.
“Soccer fans have high expectations when it comes to getting the best experience at a match,” said Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile. “By bringing our Ultra Capacity 5G network to Q2 Stadium, we’re able to deliver outstanding connectivity and experiences, throughout the stadium and just in time for the playoffs.”
After playing the opening two months of its inaugural MLS season on the road, Austin FC opened up its new Q2 Stadium in June 2021 in front of a sell-out crowd of 20,738.