Barclays Center

ExteNet's Distributed Network at Barclays Center a Slam Dunk

Fast Facts

  • The Barclays Center in a 19,000 seat arena, covering over 700,000 sq. ft.
  • ExteNet’s Distributed Network was constructed in approximately 12 weeks
  • The Distributed Network is supported by over 100,000 feet of cabling
  • ExteNet supports 4 major wireless carriers providing 3G and 4G LTE service

One of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) premier arenas, the recently opened Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., now has a robust distributed antenna system (DAS) designed, built, owned and operated by ExteNet Systems. ExteNet installed a DAS in the arena that is compatible with mobile broadband service from all 4 major wireless carriers from day 1 - AT&T Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless. The network accommodates fans and patrons who watch video and communicate via text and social media on their mobile devices while at the venue.

Barclays Center: Providing a Superior Fan Experience
Currently home to the NBA's Brooklyn Nets and slated to host the NHL's New York Islanders beginning in 2015, the Barclays Center is a state-of-the-art facility that opened in September 2012:

  • It has seating capacity for 19,000
  • There is more than 700,000 square feet of space over 7 floors
  • Barclays Center is outfitted to host a variety of activities, including basketball games, concerts and special events. It hosts over 200 events annually.

ExteNet met a tight deadline and implemented the distributed network within 12 weeks, all done during the construction stages of the prominent arena itself, to deliver a network that fits comfortably and unobtrusively into the arena's unique design.

"Our goal is to provide our patrons and fans with an enhanced in-arena experience including broadband wireless service and multimedia capability," said
Chip Foley, director at Barclays Center developer Forest City Ratner Companies. "We are extremely pleased with ExteNet's leadership, technical expertise and ability to work with all of the major carriers to complete this critical project in an accelerated timeframe."

ExteNet ensures that Mobile Devices get Quality Internet Service
The need for a strong indoor distributed network comes from widespread in-venue mobile device usage. Fans who want to share photos and videos, communicate with those inside and out of the arena or browse the Web from the arena can utilize ExteNet's DAS network, which has been specifically tailored for the mobility needs of all Barclays Center's fans, patron and visitors.

"Five years ago, nobody was really talking about the apps that people were trying to run in venues; it was more about voice coverage,"
said ExteNet CEO Ross Manire. "But, because of the video and pictures and text and email people want to use while they're at a venue, this has become much more a capacity issue than just coverage. That drives a lot of what we do from a design perspective."

Chip Foley, Vice President of Building Technology at Forest City Ratner Companies (developer of Barclays Center), explained, “The DAS is great, we never get complaints [about cellular connectivity]. You dread hearing that people can’t send texts. That just hasn’t happened.”

Barclays Center DAS is just the beginning
An AGL Magazine overview of ExteNet's work at the Barclays Center focused on the future network and service amenities that the company's antenna system may enable. For example, it may become a launching pad for sports-specific apps for purchasing memorabilia or concessions, and as a catalyst for distributed networks at other venues in the area.

"The fundamental thing for us is that [the Barclays Center] system gives us a great anchor location in Brooklyn and for the development of that whole Atlantic Yards area — to provide a base station hub for other network deployments in that area,"
Manire told DAS Bulletin, according to AGL