SPOKANE, Wash. – Boingo Wireless announced today it has been chosen as the exclusive cellular Distributed Antenna System partner for both Gonzaga University’s McCarthey Athletic Center and the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena. The two Spokane venues have the combined capacity to seat nearly 20,000 fans.
Boingo will exclusively manage the neutral host DAS networks at both venues, from design to deployment, multi-carrier access to ongoing management. The DAS networks will provide enhanced cellular capacity at both sports venues, allowing fans to upload videos and photos of their event experiences in real time.
Boingo’s neutral host approach to DAS networks allow for multiple carriers to access the network on behalf of their customers, ensuring that more fans are automatically connected to the state-of-the-art cellular network. Boingo will also manage any future deployments of cellular small cells at the arenas. Each facility independently chose Boingo Wireless to provide cellular services, and each venue will be managed individually.
“Our new cellular networks in Spokane will feature the latest technology, and will be built for scale and flexibility. Both arena networks will be able to handle data traffic from sell-out crowds,” said Nick Hulse, president of Boingo Wireless. “We are excited to add these premier Pacific Northwest entertainment arenas to our growing DAS network portfolio, and to provide great connectivity to Spokane college students, parents, families and fans.”
“The McCarthey Athletic Center has been host to full capacity crowds since we opened a decade ago. Today our fans and faculty are increasingly looking to stay connected during games and events, and we are working to offer them the most state-of-the-art technology across our campus facilities,” said Robert Kavon, Gonzaga assistant athletic director – facilities. “Boingo’s new agreement for network services at McCarthey will ensure that Bulldogs’ fans are connected no matter where they catch the game.”
“The Spokane Public Facilities District prides itself on offering the most advanced amenities for events, building partners and fans utilizing our venues. We’re looking forward to having the Boingo DAS network at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena further enhance an already stellar in-venue event experience,” said Matt Gibson, CFE, general manager.
Gonzaga University’s 6,000-seat McCarthey Athletic Center, nicknamed the “Kennel” by Gonzaga Bulldogs fans, hosts its men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as speakers, concerts and events year-round. The Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena seats more than 12,000 fans, and is proud to be home to the Spokane Chiefs Hockey Club of the Western Hockey League and the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League. In addition, the Spokane Arena is the largest entertainment venue in the region with over 120 major events each year.
Boingo Wireless is a leading provider of small cell and Wi-Fi networks at major league stadium and university venues, including Chicago’s Soldier Field, University of Arizona’s Arizona Stadium, and the EnergySolutions Arena, home of the NBA’s Utah Jazz. Boingo is also the leading provider of Wi-Fi in airports worldwide, with service in more than 75 airports around the globe.