Cox Business will have all of the connectivity bases covered in the Raiders' new Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas when it opens later this year. Cox Business, which has long provided wired and wireless connectivity in Las Vegas hotels and casinos, will provide high-speed connections at Allegiant Stadium and the Raiders' soon-to-be-completed Las Vegas headquarters.
Sports venues, both indoor and outdoor, can be plagued by poor connectivity on game or special event days if the networks are under-provisioned. In order to ensure high-bandwidth availability in the stands and on the field, Cox Business is installing 1,700 managed Wi-Fi 6 access points from Cisco that are underpinned by 40-gigabit optical internet connections. According to a story by Fox Business, Cox Business will also install 227 miles of fiber and copper to provision the stadium. Overall, the stadium is 1.75 million square feet and will seat 65,000 fans.
Cox Business is also provisioning the nearly 2,200 Cisco Vision TV screens and signs across the stadium.
As an official telecommunications provider at the stadium, Cox will also power interactive game-day activations, such as the Cox Virtual Meet and Great, for Raiders' fans. In addition, Cox Media will sponsor the Raiders' media studio at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center that is under construction in nearby Henderson.
"Cox is deeply invested in connecting Las Vegas, powering stadiums, hotels and convention centers on and off the Strip," said Steve Rowley, executive vice president, Cox Business, in a statement. "We're proud to be a part of Las Vegas' evolution towards the sports and entertainment capital of the world – continued by delivering a truly connected experience for Allegiant Stadium visitors."
The stadium, which is owned by Las Vegas Stadium Authority, is scheduled to open in August ahead of the next NFL season. In addition to the Raiders, the stadium will also be used by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Cox Business, which was an early pioneer in the cable business services sector, expects to generate approximately $2.5 billion in revenue in 2020.