Fans Get A Sneak Peak at 5G Future In Sports Arenas

AT&T made full use of the start of the new NBA season to show off some of the capabilities of 5G technology. They rolled out a number of 5G-powered activations on Tuesday night at LA Live in Los Angeles.

These included a virtual side-by-side 3D experience putting fans next to TNT broadcaster and WNBA great Candace Parker. The company also captured content onsite and sent it over for use on the Inside the NBA broadcast.

AT&T plans to roll out 5G at Chicago?s United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and host of the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, this season.

They face stiff competition from Verizon who will be bringing 5G to 13 NFL stadiums in Baltimore, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Miami, Minneapolis, New England, New York, and Seattle.

They are also making moves in within basketball and hockey at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix; Chase Center in San Francisco; Pepsi Center in Denver and Madison Square Garden in New York City. 

Both companies promise more arenas are to come soon.