Oak View Group is partnering with Verizon to become the exclusive 5G and wireless partner New York’s UBS Arena, Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena and Palm Springs’ Coachella Valley Arena. The deal will bring 5G Ultra Wideband to the arenas, which will have the ability to use the technology for public safety, access, concessions, crowd management and immersive fan experiences.
The three arenas will be home to future hockey franchises with UBS Arena opening this fall as the home of the New York Islanders, Climate Pledge Arena as the home for the Seattle Kraken and Coachella Valley Arena as the home of a future AHL team. Each will harness Verizon 5G technology, as well as the Distributed Antenna System and Converged Network Services providing voice, data and wifi services to enhance the fan experience.
“OVG venues are setting the new standard for Arenas globally,” said Tim Leiweke, Oak View Group chief executive officer. “We are committed to innovation and redefining the fan experience across music, sports and live entertainment. Welcoming Verizon as a founding partner is key to achieving this and we look forward to a long-term partnership.”
The Verizon Lounge at Climate Pledge Arena will sponsor arena concerts and is the presenting sponsor of shows while the Verizon Lounge at UBS Arena will host private members for more intimate experiences. Verizon’s customer loyalty rewards program, Verizon Up, will offer members exclusive access at OVG arenas such as VIP entrance access, complimentary food and beverage, merchandise credit and exclusive player photo opportunities
The company also is a signatory of The Climate Pledge, for which the Seattle arena is named. The Climate Pledge is a community of currently over 100 companies and organizations working to combat the climate crisis by committing to reach net zero carbon by 2040.
“The Verizon 5G platform is changing the way that fans experience live events and venues operate,” said Yvette Martinez-Rea, vice president of sponsorships and partnerships for Verizon. “Working with Oak View Group as a strategic technology partner will enhance the in-arena experience for years to come.”