MatSing companion for Allegiant Stadium with lens antennas
When Allegiant Stadium was preparing to host soccer games for the first time, the Las Vegas Raiders sought to build a premier fan experience in the NFL that would match the stadium’s new look. A key component of this fan experience would be to provide the stadium with an affordable, high-performance mobile broadband service to meet today’s streaming and social media sharing needs. Although fans are not yet returning to the Allegiant Stadium seats due to COVID-19 precautions, the Las Vegas Raiders have selected MatSing, the world’s leading manufacturer of high capacity lens antennas, to be able to create a smoother internet experience to meet these modern demands on fans when they return.
Matt Pasco, vice president of information technology for the Raiders, said he had seen the performance of MatSing technology in other sports stadiums like the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay and knew he had to install it in Allegiant Stadium to keep it up to date its NFL stages. “Our vision was to provide a league-leading mobile broadband service without cluttering the Allegiant Stadium with unsightly antennas, and we knew that a line-of-sight model built into the stadium’s catwalk was key. After using MatSing’s technology at other stadiums, we knew it was the technology provider who matched our concept of performance and aesthetics, allowing guests at the Allegiant Stadium to share their experiences and interact from the stands like never before before. “
MatSing has developed a new patented solution that surpasses traditional antenna technology as it understands that mobile broadband technology has advanced and coverage in larger venues and events has become more in demand as people’s cell phones have increased performance. Based on a theory from the 1940s known as the Luneberg lens, the multi-beam lens antennas take advantage of the different shape of the lens, which can focus radio frequencies from any direction. Each individual antenna provides up to 48 sectors with high capacity coverage and replaces up to 48 conventional antennas with a single lens. This leads to high cost and operational savings due to less active components.
For the raiders, 27 MatSing lens antennas are installed in the Allegiant Stadium to ensure a leading fan experience in the stadium seats, on the field and in the Modelo tailgate area. These antenna installations provide fans with 4G and 5G broadband cellular coverage with fewer interruptions and missing signals. The lens antennas are installed in the roof structure, where they reach further than conventional antennas. This provides better coverage and less interference at lower cost and complexity for the team.
The advanced lens antennas provide exceptional coverage once the health restrictions for COVID-19 are lifted and fans enjoy games in the stadium. MatSing will continue to work with the Raiders to service and test lens equipment during this season and out of season, and to ensure that it is ready for first use with fans at the stadium.