FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, December 1, 2014
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes and Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) announced today that Crown Castle has deployed a neutral host distributed antenna system ("DAS") to facilitate wireless communications services within Gila River Arena, the home of the Arizona Coyotes. The system currently facilitates wireless coverage for all mobile carriers.
“The Arizona Coyotes are very pleased that Crown Castle will assist carriers in providing enhanced mobile phone and data coverage at Gila River Arena for our fans,” said Mike Humes, Executive Vice President of Corporate and Suite Sales. “Our fans will definitely enjoy the improved wireless coverage for all Coyotes games and concerts at Gila River Arena.”
An indoor distributed antenna system is a network of antennas connected by fiber to a communications hub designed to facilitate wireless communications services. The Gila River Arena DAS network provides wireless coverage for fans and staff throughout the entire arena.
“Fans attending major sporting events and concerts want to share their experience and stay connected via their mobile devices. For venues looking to provide wireless coverage on game day or during other events, a DAS network provides the optimal wireless infrastructure solution. At Gila River Arena, fans can now fully utilize their mobile phones for texting, calling and sending pictures to friends and family at the event and across the country before, during and after the arena games and concerts,” stated Pat Slowey, Crown Castle's Chief Commercial Officer.”
About Gila River Arena
Gila River Arena is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility located in Glendale, Arizona. The arena anchors the 223-acre, $1 billion development Westgate Entertainment District, the "crown jewel" of sports and entertainment complexes. Owned by the City of Glendale, Gila River Arena is home to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Arizona Coyotes and a multitude of spectacular entertainment events annually. The arena opened on December 26, 2003 (Arizona Sting lacrosse game) and the following night, December 27, the Coyotes hosted the Nashville Predators in front of a standing-room only crowd of 19,052 for the inaugural NHL game at the venue. The arena has also hosted five NHL Playoff series, including the 2012 Western Conference Final. The venue has also hosted major acts such as U2, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Toby Keith, Britney Spears, Usher, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Aerosmith with Lenny Kravitz, Nickelback, Bon Jovi, Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.
About Crown Castle
Crown Castle provides wireless carriers with the infrastructure they need to keep people connected and businesses running. With approximately 40,000 towers and 14,000 small cell nodes supported by approximately 7,000 miles of fiber, Crown Castle is the nation's largest provider of shared wireless infrastructure with a significant presence in the top 100 US markets. In addition, Crown Castle operates approximately 1,800 towers in Australia. For more information on Crown Castle, please visit www.crowncastle.com.