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Event Recap: 5G in Action at the SEAT 2023 Sports Conference

By Team Boingo
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Boingo participated in this year’s SEAT (Sports & Entertainment Alliance in Technology) Conference in Salt Lake City where top sports teams explored the future of stadium technology. ICYMI, here are the highlights.

Boingo’s Chief Technology Officer Dr. Derek Peterson shared the stage with SoFi Stadium VP of IT Innovation and Revenue Janette Smrcka and Minnesota Twins SVP and CTO John Avenson. They discussed how leading sports and entertainment venues are using cutting-edge 5G and Wi-Fi networks to transform their business. Key takeaways?

  • The venue experience is now the connected experience. Seamless, fast, secure connectivity gives fans what they expect and operations teams what they need.
  • 5G networks enable ticketless entry, cashless concessions, robotics, real-time data and virtual reality. These innovations boost the bottom line and drive revenue.
  • Networks today are complex. Stadiums and arenas need to leverage all available wireless technologies to effectively cover the venue property and power a variety of different use cases.
  • To provide the best possible fan experience and introduce operational ROI, a neutral host network partner like Boingo provides real benefits.

Fans saw 5G technology in action with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Delta Center, led by Dr. Peterson and the Utah Jazz’s Jamie Galileo. The tour highlighted the venue’s latest renovations, state-of-the-art 5G DAS network and dedicated public safety network for first responders. The fully connected venue powers use cases like 100% mobile concessions which improves the fan experience and drastically reduces queue wait times.

Interested in learning more about Boingo 5G for sports and entertainment venues? Download our 5G Playbook for Stadiums & Arenas.