For years, fans have complained about spotty internet connections at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings say that won’t be the case at the new Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento.
Team officials said Thursday the $507 million arena will be “the world’s most connected indoor sports and entertainment venue.” The team signed a multi-year deal with Comcast to provide “fully redundant transport facilities and two 100 gigabit ethernet dedicated internet circuits” at the facility, according to a team news release.
With that technology in place, the Kings plan to provide free wi-fi connections at the arena that the team said would be 17,000 times faster than the average home network. The connection will extend into the public plaza and entertainment district surrounding the arena that is being called Downtown Commons, or DoCo. As an example of its bandwidth, the team said the network will be able to handle more than 225,000 posts on Instagram every second.
Team officials told the City Council this week the arena construction is on schedule to finish by October 2016. Parts of the entertainment district will also be completed by then.
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“The best fans in the world deserve the most connected arena in the world,” Kings team president Chris Granger said in a statement.
Kings Chairman Vivek Ranadive also told Bloomberg he’s thinking of incorporating even more futuristic touches to the arena. He said those could include “robots to help with arena security, armrests that charge your mobile phone, drone-aided parking and virtual-reality glasses that offer fans a view from the coach’s perspective or the hoop itself,” according to Bloomberg.
The Kings have a broadcast partnership for games with Comcast and said the company will also provide the video feeds to television monitors in the arena, “allowing patrons to access ancillary programming while attending concerts and other events.”