“With CommScope, we found a partner that was ready for that challenge of reimagining a true American icon—Daytona International Speedway," said Joie Chitwood III, president, Daytona International Speedway.
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
“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
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
- 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.
terminations to create a comprehensive connectivity solution throughout
In addition to the
video displays, digital signage and Wi-Fi, the Speedway’s network needed to be
equipped with network bandwidth and flexibility to offer services that would both
enhance the fans’ experience and improve track operations. CommScope’s comprehensive
cabling infrastructure solution connects and supports virtually every
communication and facility management function in the Speedway, including:
- Fire and safety
- HVAC and lighting controls
“The Speedway’s network infrastructure was old and outdated,” said Dr. Ispran Kandasamy, global leader, Building
Solutions, CommScope. “The DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project provided
the Speedway with the opportunity to start with a clean slate—and CommScope
delivered a comprehensive solution ensuring that all the new communications
components work together seamlessly to help deliver memorable user experiences
on each and every occasion."
DAYTONA Rising was a
$400 million renovation project to the Speedway that expanded and redesigned
five of its entrances (now called injectors) that lead fans to a series of
escalators and elevators, transporting them to three different concourse
levels. Each level features spacious social areas, or “neighborhoods,” along
the nearly mile-long front stretch. The Speedway now has 101,500 permanent,
wider and more comfortable seats, twice as many restrooms and three times as
many concession and merchandise stands. In addition, the Speedway will feature
more than 60 luxury suites with track side views and a completely revamped
hospitality experience for corporate guests.
A video of Joie Chitwood III discussing the decisions and planning that
went into DAYTONA Rising can be seen here.
“The solutions that
we’re enabling will keep fans connected throughout the stadium and allow them
to experience the event at a higher level, and with greater ease, than ever
before,” said. Craig Neeb, executive vice president, chief development and
digital officer, International Speedway Corporation, which owns the Speedway.
“The technology will also help our operations team provide a safe, comfortable
environment for our fans to enjoy the race.”
images of CommScope’s network solutions deployed at Daytona International
Speedway, click here
to see our DAYTONA Rising album on Flickr.
to download our Success Story: A new Daytona
International Speedway rises—with state-of-the-art communications technology
powered by CommScope.
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of the world’s most robust and innovative wireless and fiber optic solutions.
Our talented and experienced global team is driven to help customers increase
bandwidth; maximize existing capacity; improve network performance and
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posts.About Daytona International
Daytona International Speedway is the home of “The Great American Race” -
the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup event garners most
of the attention - as well as the largest audience in motorsports - the
approximately 500-acre motorsports complex boasts the most diverse schedule of
racing on the globe, thus earning it the title of “World Center of Racing.” In
addition to eight major weekends of racing activity, the Speedway will host the
inaugural Country 500 – The Great American Music Fest at DAYTONA over Memorial
Day Weekend in 2016. Rarely a week goes by that the Speedway grounds are not
used for events that include civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo
shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.
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that are based on information currently available to management, management’s
beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events.
Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject
to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual
results to differ materially from those currently expected. In providing forward-looking
statements, the company does not intend, and is not undertaking any obligation
or duty, to update these statements as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.