Dolphins Working on Tech Upgrades for Sun Life Stadium

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(from SportsBusinessJournal, February 18, 2013) Six years ago, the Dolphins became one of the first big league teams to install a Cisco’s StadiumVision IPTV concourse display and voice messaging platform to their 75,450 seat stadium. However, that system is now outdated and the Miami Dolphins are updating their technology for their Sun Life Stadium, focusing on cutting edge experience for their patrons. The Dolphin’s Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Tery Howard, states that they are working with the tech vendor to migrate to the latest technology.

This technology update is a part of the stadium renovations that has been estimated to cost the Dolphins $400 million, pending the government approves of public money to help finance the project. Stephen Ross, the owner of the Dolphins, has agreed to finance some of the project privately, but without the public funds these renovations will not be made.

The intent of this renovation is to replace the phones in the 190 suites with computer tablets to order food and drinks, and it will also include putting new smart televisions with the ability to Skype for corporate meetings. Within the last couple months, the Dolphins upgraded the stadiums Wi-Fi and distributed antenna systems, with the help of AT&T, providing the infrastructure required to support Skype. The renovation also includes a virtual concierge environment, so that the patrons can have more control of their experience inside their suites. The Dolphins will also like to feature the StadiumVision Mobile, Cisco’s latest wireless platform. This latest mobile application provides live video and replays with unique camera views. This type of technology has already been unveiled earlier this month at Barclays Center, with the system integrated into the arena’s free mobile application. Sporting Kansas City and Real Madrid are also expected to activate this same technology later this year. Howard states that it’s in place already, so it’s just a matter of swapping equipment in and out.