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Charter’s Big Business Unit Scores Stadium Deal

Spectrum Enterprise, the unit of Charter Communications focused on larger business customers, has announced it will provide managed WiFi, fiber connectivity and hosted voice services/technologies to Orlando City Stadium.

The venue, which can hold about 25,000 fans, is the home of Orlando City SC of Major League Soccer (MLS), Orlando Pride of the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and Orlando City B of the United Soccer League (USL).

In addition to providing WiFi connectivity to fans, the managed system will also support a ticketless entry system that links up with smartphones and other devices. Spectrum Enterprise will also provide connectivity to the LionNation fan loyalty mobile app, which enables live check-ins and a point system that fans can use toward tickets, concessions and memorabilia sold at the stadium.

“Across all major sports and every geography, fans demand a more connected experience, wanting to be present in the moment, while, at the same time, maintaining access to the digital world,” Satya Parimi, group VP, data and cloud products for Spectrum Enterprise, said in a statement. “Orlando City Stadium will serve as a model for other arenas where high capacity fiber internet and an end to end managed Wi-Fi infrastructure can eliminate bandwidth and connectivity issues previously associated with game day.”

Charter, which acquired Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks last year, pulled in $1.41 billion in commercial services revenue in Q4 2016, including $526 million from its Enterprise unit and $891 million via services for small and mid-sized businesses.