Daytona International Speedway Launches Motorsports Stadium with a New Network Thanks to CommScope

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Connectivity solutions support advanced technology, delivering the ultimate race-day experience to fans

February 19, 2016 - HICKORY, NC

When the green flag drops during this weekend’s 58th annual DAYTONA 500, race fans will not only be watching the “The Great American Race,” but they will also see a lot of new technology deployed at Daytona International Speedway’s motorsports stadium.

Fans will be watching video and other digital media on almost 1,500 HD video displays and digital signage while also experiencing high quality Wi-Fi. This technology would not be possible if it was connected to the Speedway’s previously antiquated network infrastructure. That’s why the Speedway’s new network runs on CommScope.

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“We’re creating the first and only motorsports stadium on the planet. We needed partners that understand our vision, who understand what ‘best in class’ is, and know what it’s like to be under the spotlight,” said Joie Chitwood III, president, Daytona International Speedway. “With CommScope, we found a partner that was ready for that challenge of reimagining a true American icon—Daytona International Speedway.”
For the project, CommScope supplied fiber and copper cabling equivalent to more than 140 laps of the Speedway’s famed tri-oval track, including:

  • 250 miles of Category 6 structured cable, offering performance that exceeds Category 6 performance standards by up to 300 percent, with a cost-effective design and robust reliability that can help make network downtime a thing of the past.
  • 100 miles of single-mode fiber-optic cable, designed to operate from 1,280 nanometers to 1,625 nanometers to increase the useable wavelength range over conventional single-mode fiber by more than 50 percent and future-proof the network for next-generation equipment.
  • 12,500 terminations to create a comprehensive connectivity solution throughout the stadium.