WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns and manages Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., announced today that Mobilitie LLC, a leading provider of wireless infrastructure in the United States, will be installing a new distributed antenna system (DAS) at the arena. The new antenna system will provide an enhanced overall wireless experience across multiple wireless carriers for fans of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NHL’s Washington Capitals, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas, and other concert and event patrons.
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The Mobilitie DAS network will provide high-speed wireless connectivity and services to the arena’s 2.5 million annual visitors at more than 220 world-class sporting events and concerts. The DAS improves wireless coverage and enhances capacity and data speeds during peak times at Verizon Center events through a series of small wireless antennas installed throughout the arena bowl, concourses and all premium seating areas and suites.
“Mobilitie brings access to the latest wireless technology ensuring fans who come to Verizon Center games and events will stay connected and be able to run the latest mobile applications on their smartphones and mobile devices,” said founder, chairman, majority owner and CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment Ted Leonsis. “Mobilitie brings a rare combination of technology leadership and experience in operating DAS networks at major sporting facilities across the country, and we’re very pleased to partner with them to further enhance the wireless experience for all of our patrons.”
“We are pleased to be chosen as the DAS provider for Verizon Center,” said president of Mobilitie Christos Karmis. “Our neutral-host, state-of-the-art network will be capable of providing high-speed wireless services across all carriers. We are looking forward to helping bring the latest 4G wireless technologies to Verizon Center that will enable the finest wireless experience to fans during the arena’s highly attended athletic games, concerts and events.”
Multiple wireless carriers will have improved service in the arena upon complete installation of the new DAS network, which is expected to be finished in the spring.
About Verizon Center
Verizon Center is a 20,000-seat multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue, owned and operated by Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), in downtown Washington, D.C. The arena is home to three professional sports teams, also owned by MSE, which include the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NHL’s Washington Capitals and WNBA’s Washington Mystics. MSE also oversees management of Kettler Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals, and George Mason University’s Patriot Center. Hosting an average of 220 events per year, inclusive of games, concerts, family shows and world-class sporting events, as well as home games for the NCAA’s Georgetown Hoyas men’s basketball team, Verizon Center sits at the heart of a $7 billion redevelopment of downtown Washington, D.C., that began 15 years ago when the arena opened.