IT Infrastructure: Cisco, IBM Power the World's Most High-Tech Stadiums
MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
The stadium features a Sony-centric high-definition broadcast control room and more than 2,200 HD displays, ranging in size from 32- to 65-inches, and uses XDCAM HD optical camcorders as "live cameras" for home games, recording crowd shots, and player and coach interviews. Photo credit: Babylife
In the world of sports, the quest for higher performance on every levelendurance, strength, persistence and ingenuityis a never-ending, and often inspiring, element of the game. That goes double for today's high-tech stadiums where the battles are won and lost, giving sports fans ever-larger screens, WiFi networking capabilities, and other technologies that bring new levels of comfort and accessibility to the event. Dallas Cowboys Stadium is considered the new standard of sports arenas with a 60-yard video screen that brings all the action as up close and personal as possible. While those massive viewing displays are perhaps the most noticeable part of the package (aside from the stadium's architecture), there's a lot more going on behind the scenes in the arenas of the 21st century. Here's a look at some of the world's most advanced stadiums. Just don't forget to watch the game every once in a while.