American soccer is fast becoming one of the favored sports in the country, with Major League Soccer (MLS) reported to have experienced a 27% rise in interest since 2012. For many soccer organizations around the nation, it’s meant the development of new stadiums specifically appointed for teams and their fans. Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota, home to the Minnesota United, is the latest venue designed from ground up with the goal of delivering a vibrant experience fans can’t experience watching at home. The $250 million venue encompasses 346,000 square feet and has a seating capacity for 19,400 fans. Not only is the new stadium an icon for the city of Saint Paul but a dynamic venue boasting the most state-of-the-art video technology available. The centerpiece is a stunning 22’x116’ videoboard on the field that truly captivates fans in their seats.
VITEC’s EZ TV IPTV platform provides a unique and powerful integrated solution that streamlines game day operations by combining centralized, one button control over all viewing screens, making it easier to deliver a unified visual experience across all visual campaigns, including IPTV and digital signage – intuitively and effortlessly managed.
The dedicated sporting venue solution offered robust digital signage features including easy to use signage authoring, administration, and analytics tools. Driven by VITEC’s high-performance, hardware-based endpoints, operators can turn any screen in the network into a new monetary opportunity, delivering eye-catching digital content with dynamic data and the highest quality IPTV content – all managed from a centralized server. The onboard administration and analytics tools empower organizations by providing them with campaign information vital to pulling in untapped revenue streams.
VITEC’s mobile app for iOS and Android devices lets users stream live video in addition to playing IPTV content. The platform’s integrated, user-friendly Media Library capabilities enable administrators to tag, edit, organize, store, search, and share media files, further streamlining media processes, from live streaming to recording, archiving, and collaboration. Packing in even more value, the VITEC platform is integrated with Daktronics’ Show Control System, one of the top selected control systems used in major sports and entertainment venues.
The combined solution makes it effortless and simple for a single operator to change campaigns from pregame, to in-game, halftime, and post-show sponsorships during games. Concession data from Appetize is combined with EZ TV’s sophisticated and automated food menu board capabilities, which will allow the organization to easily create and update every menu board, based on inventory and demand. Suite holders enjoy an enhanced visual experience with access to additional cable channels, real-time updating of the electronic program guide, and video-on-demand content. As result, every fan – no matter where they are in the stadium – is treated to an eye-catching experience.