Raiders Partner With Cox To Rig Technology In New Stadium, HQ
The Raiders signed a 10-year partnership with Cox Communications that will make their new home in Las Vegas "one of the most connected stadiums in the country," according to Mick Akers of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Cox will provide "multiple gig-speed bandwidth internet to fans and stadium operations alike" at the $1.8B, 65,000-seat venue, which will ensure "high-speed connections for visitors and staff." Cox also will outfit the Raiders HQ and practice facility in Henderson with Wi-Fi and "sponsor the team's media studio at the facility." Raiders President Marc Badain said that Cox will "have a say with what technology is installed" in the facilities. Akers reports the technology Cox will provide will "open up opportunities to enhance the fans' experience at the stadium." Cox President Patrick Esser said that the ability to "order concessions directly to your seat, upgrade your seat or request a special service within the stadium are possible with that technology, in conjunction with a smartphone app" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 3/1). Cox becomes a founding partner for the venue, joining Caesars, which became the stadium's first founding partner in November (THE DAILY). Badain said that the team is "pleased with how construction is progressing." He said, "How could you not be? To be inside the stadium and to see all the progress that's being made is really exciting for us." Raiders coach Jon Gruden said the team's future home is "one of the coolest things I've seen in my lifetime" (LAS VEGAS SUN, 3/1).