TE Connectivity hosts tour of DAS at Target Field
MINNEAPOLIS—Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is set for July 15 at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins and a Distributed Antenna System from TE Connectivity and InSite Wireless. TE and the Twins organization hosted a tour of the facility this week in advance of the big game. The stadium, which seats more than 39,000, was built in 2010 in downtown Minneapolis on land that used to be a parking lot. The DAS, which now is split into nine sectors, uses a combination of high-power and low-power solutions to get robust coverage and capacity to all of the seats in the stadium, whether they are up in the top rows of the bowl, or down behind home plate. Fans hanging out on the patio of Target Field use a lot of social media, which can put a drain on the network, said John Avenson, VP of Technology for the Twins, citing yet another reason for installing the DAS. Fans use social media throughout the game but also when something unexpected takes place. Recently, the Twins were playing a home game against the Chicago White Sox. The game had “ended,” and fans and the team were celebrating Minnesota’s 5-4 win, when Chicago decided to challenge the play using instant replay. Traffic on the network spiked again during the controversy, as fans used social media to comment on the event, Avenson said. The Twins technology team has been preparing for the digital onslaught for months as several hundred journalists cover the two-day event, which features a Home Run Derby on Sunday, July 14 and the game itself the following day. Click here to see a few photos from the tour.