Verizon 5G is live in 13 NFL stadiums, and it’s ready to deliver ultra-fast speeds for fans with 5G devices. We took a look at the setup at the Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts to see just how fast 5G is and what it means for the connected fan experience. The last time we visited the Colts, they had just installed 4G LTE and WiFi for the first 4G LTE SuperBowl. It’s fair to say speeds are dramatically faster.
You can use this network with the Galaxy S10 5G, the Note 10+ 5G, LG V50 ThinQ 5G and the Motorola Moto Z4 with the 5G Moto Mod. During our testing in the Colt’s stadium, we saw speeds approaching 2GB/s and reliably hit 1-1.5GB/s download speeds.
This is fast enough to instantly download apps, quickly call up replays, watch streams from other teams and much more. Here’s a look at the system and our race against 5G.
If you own a 5G phone, you can experience this at the Lucas Oil Stadium during the home opener this weekend. You can tell when you are connected to 5G because there is a 5G UWB logo in the upper right corner. Paul Ulreich, Communications Manager Verizon Consumer Group, told us, “Nationwide we’ve committed to 30 markets by the end of 2019. We’ve launched 23 so far, so we’ve got a few more to go. Then we’ve also lit up Verizon 5G in 13 NFL stadiums across the country.”
- Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers)
- Empower Field at Mile High (Denver Broncos)
- CenturyLink Field (Seattle Seahawks)
- Ford Field (Detroit Lions)
- Gillette Stadium (New England Patriots)
- Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins)
- Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts)
- MetLife Stadium (New York Giants and New York Jets)
- M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore Ravens)
- NRG Stadium (Houston Texans)
- Soldier Field (Chicago Bears)
- U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings)
The Colt’s also upgraded the WiFi to deliver fast speeds and a connected experience. Steve Campbell, Vice President Communications for the Indianapolis Colts, told us “fans do a little bit of everything. Fans are capturing content and sharing that content with their friends on social media. They’re looking for statistics, cause we have a lot of fantasy football players out there so people are looking for news and statistics around the league.” Campbell added, “Sports betting is legal in Indiana and a lot of other states, so there are a lot of people who want statistics and information.”
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