Getting Ready For Football

By Carmen Nobel  |  Posted 2006-02-13 Print this article Print

Season—and Beyond"> Hunt and Insight both are working under a strict deadline, dictated by the football season.

"What were expecting is that well have a preseason game ready to go live in the new building," Feller said. "It has to be—will be—running by then."

The preseason starts in August.

"Were going to push our timetable at the stadium to meet some other elements in the construction schedule," York said. "We are integrated completely with the construction schedule of the stadium. All the work we do as a trade is all integrated within a common project plan."

Eventually, Cardinals players will be able to participate in video training sessions that run simultaneously at the Tempe training facility and at the new stadium, York said.

The network at the new stadium in Glendale, approximately 21 miles from Tempe, will include some 750 IP phones from Cisco, for use by both stadium personnel and fans in luxury boxes.

In the new stadium, the IP phones will have touch-screen LCDs—allowing and encouraging fans to order food from the concession stands and to buy tickets for future games. Fans can also use the phones to participate in interactive activities such as fantasy football.

The network may also benefit sports reporters and any of the organizations that might lease stadium space in the off-season.

"Wed done several Cisco IP telephony deployments, and we feel extremely confident in their capabilities," York said.

Cisco isnt a mere parts shop. Its retooling to sell entire systems. Click here to read more. Insight and Feller are still evaluating vendors for a Wi-Fi network for employees, reporters and fans that also is due to be ready when the stadium opens. Feller also is considering a separate in-building radio network that would enhance cell phone coverage.

Feller said he wants to integrate the Wi-Fi and wired networks, having been convinced that there are sufficient wireless security products and protocols on the market. "Wireless has had a reputation for being leaky, but I think those leaks have been plugged up now," he said.

As for future plans for the stadium, the sky above the retractable dome is the limit.

"The thing about the converged network is that we have the ability to be very, very flexible," York said. "And so, moving forward, should ... the team or building ownership decide that they want to head in a certain direction, well be ready."

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