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U.S. Stadiums & Arenas: Cellular In-Building Wireless Spending Forecast, 2020-2025

Counting professional sports teams, college athletics and high school sports, there are several thousand stadiums/arenas in the U.S. Many of these buildings already have distributed antenna systems (DAS) and Wi-Fi systems deployed to handle attendee data traffic, but additional in-building wireless (IBW) systems will be needed to improve attendees’ experiences and create ‘smart stadiums.’

This market study provides a forecast of the cellular in-building wireless (IBW) market for stadiums and arenas. iGR found that due to the pandemic, the IBW market for 2020 and beyond is significantly different than it was previously.

The 2021 revised forecast was modeled with:

  • New data and assumptions regarding the (ongoing) COVID-19 pandemic
  • Newly available data (November 2020) from the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS)
  • Information gathered from conversations with multiple solution providers in the IBW market.

Included in the market study is a five-year forecast for both network build spending and operational spending for the deployment of cellular IBW in U.S. stadiums and arenas in the sub 6 GHz, CBRS, and mmWave bands.


Key Questions Answered

  • What is a smart stadium? What applications and services are enabled in a smart stadium?
  • How has COVID-19 impacted the IBW market for stadiums and arenas?
  • How much will be spent to build and operate sub 6 GHz, CBRS and mmWave IBW systems in U.S. stadiums and arenas from 2020 to 2025?
  • What technologies are required for a smart stadium/arena?
  • What are 5G, CBRS, and MmWave, some of the technologies and spectrums that will support cellular IBW?

Who Should Read

  • Mobile operators, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Mobile backhaul providers, including telcos and cable MSOs
  • Wired and wireless backhaul vendors and solution providers
  • Mobile OEMs, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Wired and wireless infrastructure vendors, particularly those servicing the U.S. market
  • Financial and investment analysts.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
    • What This Means
  • Methodology
    • Sources
    • 2021 Revised Forecast
    • Definitions
  • The Smart Stadium
    • Why make stadiums and arenas smart?
    • What is required for a Smart Stadium?
  • Technologies and Spectrum Behind Connected Stadiums/Arenas
    • 5G
    • CBRS
    • mmWave
  • Outlook for the Stadium/Arena IBW Forecast
    • Measuring Impact of COVID-19
    • Current Trends and COVID Impact on Stadiums and Arenas
  • Cellular IBW Spending Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
    • Basic Pandemic Assumption
    • Buildings Methodology
    • Technology-specific Assumptions
    • Other Stadium/Arena Assumptions
    • Network Build Spending Methodology
    • Operational Spending Methodology
  • Cellular IBW Spending Forecast – Stadiums and Arenas
    • Sub 6 GHz Bands
      • Network Build
      • Operational
      • Total Sub 6 GHz Spending
    • CBRS
      • Network Build
      • Operational
      • Total CBRS Spending
    • mmWave
      • Network Build
      • Operational
      • Total mmWave Spending
    • Total Spending for Stadiums and Arenas
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Total Spending in Stadiums and Arenas by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Table 1: Pandemic Influence on Building Categories
  • Table 2: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 3: Sub-types of Public Assembly Buildings
  • Table 4: Sub 6 GHz Network Build Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Table 5: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Table 6: Total Sub 6 GHz Spending for Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Table 7: CBRS Network Build Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Table 8: CBRS Operational Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Table 9: Total CBRS Spending for Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Table 10: mmWave Network Build Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Table 11: mmWave Operational Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Table 12: Total mmWave Spending for Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Table 13: Total Spending in Stadiums and Arenas by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Total Spending in Stadiums and Arenas by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Figure 1: Sub 6 GHz Network Build Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Figure 2: Sub 6 GHz Operational Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Figure 3: Total Sub 6 GHz Spending for Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Figure 4: CBRS Network Build Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Figure 5: CBRS Operational Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Figure 6: Total CBRS Spending for Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Figure 7: mmWave Network Build Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Figure 8: mmWave Operational Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Figure 9: Total mmWave Spending for Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025
  • Figure 10: Total Spending in Stadiums and Arenas by Spectrum, 2020-2025
  • Figure 11: Total Spending in Stadiums and Arenas, 2020-2025

For additional information on the U.S. Stadiums & Arenas: Cellular In-Building Wireless Spending Forecast, 2020-2025 market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 263-5682 or by email.