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Verizon turns on 5G network in 13 NFL stadiums

05 September 2019
Lucas Oil Stadium where the Indianapolis Colts play is one of the 13 NFL stadiums getting 5G services. Source: Pixabay

Verizon has unveiled 5G service at historic Soldier Field, home of the Chicago bears, just in time for tonight’s visit from the Green Bay Packers. Attendees on the Verizon network will experience fast download speeds and low latency cellular connections. The move coincides with kick-off of the NFL’s 100th season.

Verizon’s 5G network will roll out to 13 NFL stadiums this fall. Verizon said the 5G network will extend to fans, retailers, maintenance and operations managers and public safety officials to change operating models and revenue streams.

In addition to Soldier Field, other stadiums getting 5G include:

  • Bank of America Stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers)
  • Empower Field at Mile High (home of the Denver Broncos)
  • CenturyLink Field (home of the Seattle Seahawks)
  • Ford Field (home of the Detroit Lions)
  • Gillette Stadium (home of the New England Patriots)
  • Hard Rock Stadium (home of the Miami Dolphins)
  • Lucas Oil Stadium (home of the Indianapolis Colts)
  • MetLife Stadium (home of the New York Giants and New York Jets)
  • M&T Bank Stadium (home of the Baltimore Ravens)
  • NRG Stadium (home of the Houston Texans)
  • U.S. Bank Stadium (home of the Minnesota Vikings)

Verizon said additional stadiums will be announced during the season. The 5G service will be available in the seating areas of the stadiums but may also be available around the stadium as well. When 5G-enabled smartphone exit 5G coverage zones, the signal transitions to the company’s 4G network.

In some cities, 5G in the stadium will be the only 5G in the entire city, Verizon said.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com


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