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The Push of a Button

May 21, 2012 - 7 Comments

Have you ever wondered what it takes to turn the playing surface at an arena from a basketball court to a hockey rink? Take a look at the incredible transformation in this short clip: LA Times: Staples Center changes from basketball to hockey in time-lapse video.

That’s pretty cool… Now; consider that over the course of the next four days, STAPLES Center will host six playoff games. FOUR days, SIX games! Ice to hardwood to ice to hardwood! The LA Kings kick things off tonight in the NHL Playoffs, followed on Friday with the LA Lakers in the NBA Playoffs, and then a weekend of two games per day (Clippers vs. Spurs and Lakers vs. Thunder on Sat. and Kings vs. Coyotes and Clippers vs. Spurs on Sun.).

Evidenced by this transformation, it’s clear that running an arena and stadium is an extremely complex operation, but through Cisco technology, operators around the world are finding it an easier thing to do. While it takes a few hours and numerous people to transform the playing surface, it now only takes the push of a button and one operator of Cisco StadiumVision to ensure the venue, concourse, club level and suites come alive with branded and exhilarating HD video content for thousands of fans.

StadiumVision Showcase: STAPLES Center

In addition, Cisco is playing a seamless role in ticketing, inventory processes, concessions, advertising, branding and delivering the most interactive fan engagement, all though an intelligent Connected Stadium network. We’re in the business of transforming venues to deliver unparalleled fan experiences, just with a push of a button.

While StadiumVision is delivering a more immersive experience through HD video, Connected Stadium Wi-Fi, is delivering an experience that continues to put the fan at the core of the experience. This technology takes stadiums like LIVESTRONG Sporting Park in Kansas City and Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, and transforms them into interactive epicenters. Fans crave interaction, engagement, and most importantly the ability to share their experience via social media with family, friends and others around the globe.

Needless to say, more and more stadium operators and managers are saying “that was easy” thanks to Cisco…come to think of it; maybe that was where STAPLES got the idea for their “easy” button.

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  1. it’s always good to know what’s under the hood. A very interesting post indeed..

  2. It’s crazy how fast they can convert a basketball floor into a hockey field!

  3. WOW! It’s amazing how the basketball surface turns into one which is fitted for hockey. Cisco rocks 😀

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  5. Another enticing post about Cisco’s solutions in this area.
    The momentum is definitely building up.

    (P.S.1: typo – “all »THROUGH« an intelligent Connected Stadium network”)
    (P.S.2: the ““easy” button” link is corrupt)