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K-State's new network at Bill Snyder Family Stadium
Partnership with Boingo Wireless and Aruba Networks improves wireless service at the Bill Snyder Family Stadium, and opens up new connectivity options for fans
K-State Athletics has partnered with Boingo Wireless and Aruba Networks to improve wireless services at the Bill Snyder Family Stadium at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, USA.
The collaboration with Boingo Wireless has yielded a new distributed antenna system (DAS), while the partnership with Aruba Networks has provided a new wi-fi network for the venue.
The new improvements were in place for the 2015 season opening, and initial reactions from the fans suggests that the improvements have been a worthwhile investment – the systems made their full debut at the 21st consecutive sellout at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
“Providing both DAS and wi-fi enhancements at Bill Snyder Family Stadium was a key component of our strategic plan and mission as we continue to provide the Best Fan Experience in the Big 12,” said senior associate AD for external operations, Scott Garrett.
“We want our fans to have the best experience possible at our ballgames, and we feel like our partnerships with Boingo and Aruba are a terrific opportunity to further improve in that area. We also thank Danny Fronce of K-State Network and Telecom Services for playing an important leadership role in managing this installation.”
The new DAS network provides fast, reliable cellular coverage inside and outside the venue, and extends to both the East and West parking areas. Crucially, this means that fans will be able to enjoy the new levels of connectivity both before and after games.
The neutral host network supports multiple cellular carriers, which ensures that a large share of K-State fans will enjoy the cellular coverage as part of their existing carrier service plans. The network currently provides enhanced cellular coverage for Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile customers.
More than 380 access points have been deployed throughout the stadium which equates to approximately one access point per 130 fans.
“Providing pervasive, reliable and secure wi-fi is a high priority for large universities like Kansas State as they try to deliver the best possible experience for fans attending sporting and entertainment events in their athletic venues,” said Christian Gilby, director product marketing at Aruba Networks.
“With our portfolio of indoor and outdoor 802.11ac wi-fi access points, AirWave network management and ClearPass Policy Manager, Aruba is delivering the infrastructure that allows Kansas State to meet users’ mobility needs now, while ensuring a smooth path for future growth.”
“The Kansas State University and Boingo teams share a commitment to providing exceptional fan experiences on game day,” added Nick Hulse, president of Boingo Wireless.
“The new DAS network at Bill Snyder Family Stadium was built with the fan in mind and is designed to scale as fans share their game day experiences, and as K-State rolls out new fan-focused mobile offerings.”
K-State and Boingo will expand their DAS partnership later this year, with the launch of a new carrier-grade DAS network at Bramlage Coliseum.
Among other new features for fans at the Bill Snyder Family Stadium this season is the new K-State Gameday mobile application, which is free for iPhones and Android. Fans can utilize the new wi-fi connectivity to access sport programs, live audio, video and real-time K-State social streams.
October 2, 2015