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Reporting by Chris Gallo
NBA WEST: Southwest Division
American Airlines Center
Seating capacity: 19,200
Wi-Fi: Yes, (310 access points)
The Dallas Mavericks partnered with Aruba and installed over 310 Wi-Fi access points throughout American Airlines Center over the last year. The upgrades have spelled success with getting fans in their seats, as Dallas sold out their suite plans this season and plans to expand the suites in coming years. The team’s mobile app, available on iPhone and Android, has brought partnerships with services like Uber, allowing fans to enter to win free tickets and rides to the arena all season.
Seating capacity: 18,043
Fresh off major upgrades over the last couple years, the Toyota Center remains ahead of most arenas when its comes to connectivity thanks to a Wi-Fi deployment from SignalShare. The Rockets offer a free mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices, with the standard features of promotions, box scores, and ticket information. No confirmation, however, that there is a Wi-Fi AP hidden in James Harden’s beard.
Seating capacity: 18,119
FedExForum debuted fan-facing Wi-Fi a year ago, and AT&T boosted its Distributed Antenna System last March right in time to host the 2015 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 games.
New Orleans Pelicans
Smoothie King Center
Seating capacity: 16,867
Hosting the league’s All-Star game does have its advantages, as the Smoothie King Center received a significant Wi-Fi deployment from Cisco a year ago. The renovations did not stop there. The Pelicans completed more aesthetic changes, including an expanded ticket office area, to greet fans for the home opener this past fall.
The Spurs and Bexar County announced a $101.5 million plan to renovate the AT&T Center. The renovations to the 12-year-old facility are slated to begin this summer, and include a boost in Wi-Fi, better seating, and a new scoreboard. The Spurs already feature mobile apps available on Apple, Android, and Windows devices to keep fans up to date.