FOOTBALL AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS CONVERGE
AS ARIZONA CARDINALS AND CDW ANNOUNCE EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP
Arizona Cardinals and CDW to provide most advanced stadium Wi-Fi in the NFL
Tempe, AZ – The Arizona Cardinals and CDW today announced a multi-year partnership that makes CDW the exclusive information technology (IT) solutions provider for both the team and University of Phoenix Stadium.
The partnership includes IT solutions integration throughout the Cardinals training facility and University of Phoenix Stadium as well as a number of promotional, marketing and community relations initiatives. Equipped with state-of-the-art networking, wireless and computing technology, the stadium will be among the NFL's most technologically advanced facilities, demonstrating the ever-expanding role of IT in the world of football.
As a leading provider of technology solutions and services, CDW will design, configure, install, implement and maintain the IT solutions for the stadium and the team's Tempe training facility.
CDW's technology overhaul includes a new Cisco-based network for pervasive wireless across the entire stadium, providing fans with reliable, secure access on game days and enabling anywhere access for Cardinals' coaches, players and staff. CDW designed, implemented and is now tuning the wireless network – the most pervasive wireless experience in the NFL.
CDW executed the wireless refresh in less than three months to ensure the stadium technology was ready to kick off the 2014 football season. CDW has full-time staff on site to ensure seamless operation.
"The expectations of fans have changed so much since University of Phoenix Stadium opened in 2006," said Cardinals President Michael Bidwill. "We understand how important consistent and reliable wireless service is to the game day experience and this partnership with CDW will allow us to provide that both now and in the future."
The Cardinals selected CDW as its exclusive IT partner for its configuration and integration capabilities, highly skilled and certified engineers and breadth and depth of IT solutions and services.* *
CDW will receive fully integrated marketing elements such as logo and trademark usage, signage, broadcast media, hospitality, tie-ins with Cardinals special events and community relations initiatives, as well as use of the stadium for customer events.