SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Sharks have teamed-up with Cisco to deploy Cisco Connected Stadium™ Wi-Fi, the leading high-density wireless network used in sports and entertainment venues around the world, at SAP Center at San Jose. Installation of the improved Wi-Fi system is complete, and SAP Center patrons can now log on when attending all venue events.
To increase fan-facing coverage, SAP Center more than doubled the total number of access points throughout the venue. The new, state-of-the-art access points are capable of faster speeds and offer a longer range than previous versions. Additionally, the Wi-Fi is now located closer to fans sitting in SAP Center's bowl as 47 handrail enclosures have been installed, each with two access points. These handrail access points provide fans with a stronger signal than the previous overhead design offered and ensure maximum coverage in the seating area. To complete the project, technicians were required to run 270,000 feet of new, TEAL cable throughout the venue.
Additionally, SAP Center now provides Wi-Fi coverage outside of the venue, allowing fans to connect while approaching the building and during outside events, including San Jose Sharks Street Rally's and other outdoor fan fest activities. To take advantage of the increased coverage, SAP Center doubled its Internet bandwidth to 2Gbps.
Fans with questions or comments about the new Wi-Fi network can visit http://sjsharks.com/wifi to find basic information about the system and to fill out a feedback form.
The Sharks and Cisco will also bring Cisco StadiumVision®, a state-of-the-art 4K digital video platform that delivers synched and dynamic content to fans throughout SAP Center via the center-hung video board, all TV monitors throughout the venue, as well as all LED video displays at SAP Center, including new LED displays being installed this season. Cisco® StadiumVision will be implemented by mid-first quarter of 2017.
"To complement our new Sharks app and its use at SAP Center, we are in the process of deploying Cisco Connected Stadium Wi-Fi, a best-in-class Wi-Fi platform used in sports venues around the world," said John Tortora, COO of Sharks Sports & Entertainment. "We want our patrons to have the best fan experience possible when attending Sharks games and other events at SAP Center. To be able to easily and reliably connect is an integral part of that experience. We are excited to be teaming with Cisco to bring the leading Wi-Fi network for sports and entertainment venues as well as Cisco StadiumVision to SAP Center."
In addition to the Wi-Fi and facility upgrades, the Sharks are pleased to announce enhancements to the new, Sharks app which debuted in October. Enhancements to the latest version of the app include:
- Game day functionality including game previews and recaps and live game content including dynamically updated statistics and play-by-play coverage.
- An upgraded live audio stream experience allowing fans to listen to the game while navigating within or outside of the Sharks app.
- Schedule, roster, standings, and season stats built natively into the app providing faster and more responsive access to the information you want.
- Point of interest functionality allowing the user to search SAP Center to find what's located near your seat or location.
- Deep link to the Uber app with the Sharks UberZone pick-up location pre-programmed.
For more information and to download the app, visit http://sjsharks.com/app.