Auburn University Upgrades Jordan-Hare Stadium with High-Density Wi-Fi to Provide Ultimate Fan Experience

Customer: Auburn UniversityDownload Case Study
Industry: Large Public Venue
Scope of Work: High Density Survey, 626 Access Points, conduit, cable tray and New Fiber optic cabling and climate-control IDF cabinets
Timeframe: 8 Weeks

Jordan-Hare Stadium, the nation’s 10th-largest on-campus stadium, with a capacity of 87,451, has served as home of the Auburn Tigers since 1939. On football Saturdays in Auburn, Jordan-Hare Stadium becomes Alabama’s fifth-largest city. More than 75,000 season tickets have been sold to Auburn home games in each of the last 18 years.

THE CHALLENGES

Providing the ultimate fan experience has become increasingly important to large public sports and entertainment venues across the country.  Unfortunately, the increasing number of devices combined with the structural challenges these venues present make offering that experience a difficult task, as many venue owners are finding.

The high-density capacity of the Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn University is no exception.  Providing reliable RF coverage to over 87,000 seats would take a great deal of planning, research and testing to ensure the right solution was chosen.  The cost to implement such a large-scale project is significant, leaving little to no room for error.

THE SOLUTION

Auburn University turned to Velociti, Inc. for its technical expertise deploying a wide-range of solutions in a variety of large public venues.  Velociti began with a comprehensive high-density site survey to determine the number of APs required and the optimal placement for achieving the coverage Auburn desired for their fan experience.  Velociti assigned a team of dedicated project managers, system engineers, wireless technicians and quality control personnel to oversee the project.  They looked for areas of interference and other potential pitfalls that could affect the wireless network’s performance.

The project scope included realignment and relocation of 253 APs after a comprehensive analysis showed they were not positioned correctly. Velociti’s analysis also showed the facility and needed an additional 373 Access Points to be installed in order to provide the comprehensive coverage and redundancy needed to handle overflows. Velociti’s technicians also installed conduit, cable trays, new fiber optic cabling and 9 new climate controlled IDF cabinets throughout the stadium to support the WLAN upgrade.  They determined the optimal locations for antenna placement to provide maximum performance without affecting the aesthetics of the stadium or interfere with the fans’ line of sight.  The entire process was completed in only 8 weeks.

THE BENEFITS

Velociti’s understanding of the unique challenges large public venues often pose allowed them to approach this project with a truly customized solution that addressed the specific issues related to the design, construction materials and layout of the Jordan-Hare Stadium.

“Working on projects like this one for Auburn is where our team of system engineers and wireless technicians excel.  Building a truly redundant Wi-Fi network in high-density venues like Jordan-Hare is always a challenge,” said Jim West, Vice President of Sales Operations. “Having a client like Auburn that understands how complex the process is and works with us to ensure the quality of the solution is so important… And they really got it.  We are looking forward to supporting their solution for years to come.”