Washington Commanders target fan XP boost with 5G partner

FedExField in Summerfield, USA

The NFL’s Washington Commanders is seeking a fan experience boost at FedExField after naming Verizon as its official 5G network.

Through the partnership, which starts in 2024, Verizon will provide connectivity aiming to enhance the fan experience, from helping fans get through concession lines quickly, to catching all the action on the field.

Verizon is the first corporate partner to sign on with the Commanders since the $6.05bn sale of the team to a group led by Josh Harris, founder and managing general partner of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE), was finalised last month.

“We’re excited to have Verizon join us in this new chapter of Washington Commanders football,” said Jason Wright, the Commanders’ president. “Football is back in the DMV and Verizon will help improve the experience at FedExField for fans, players and coaches. We are thrilled to welcome Verizon as an official partner of the team.”

Starting this season, Verizon — a long-time partner of the NFL — will deploy a Managed Private Wireless Solution at FedExField and across each of the other 29 US NFL stadiums. This solution includes full support for coach-to-coach communications on the field and provides the NFL with speed, security and reliability for critical on field coach-to-coach communication.

Chris Flood, Atlantic North market president for Verizon, said: “As a new corporate partner supporting the Washington Commanders, we look forward to providing technology solutions that will improve the experience for fans on and off the field, and ensure reliable communications for game day operations and personnel.

“This is an exciting new chapter in Commanders history and we are excited to be a part of it in a big way.”

Verizon will be the presenting sponsor of the Commanders’ annual military base practice on Friday, August 25 at Joint Base Andrews. Military members in attendance will have the opportunity to watch practice from the sidelines and connect with players and sign autographs at the conclusion of practice.

Washington DC officials recently announced plans for a new division that will collaborate with professional teams to plan, coordinate and support sports across the district.

The DMPED Sports Team will coordinate across district agencies and with Events DC to maintain, attract, and grow world-class sports teams and sporting events in the US capital city. The DMPED Sports Team will also focus on supporting the development of the next generation of DC athletes and coaches.