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U.S. Stadiums & Arenas Private CBRS Network Forecast, 2021-2026: CBRS Network Build, Integration and App Spending in Stadiums & Arenas

There are thousands of stadiums/arenas in the U.S. across professional, college and high school sports teams. These venues are typically used for other events besides sports such as car shows, concerts, and political and community gatherings. Many of these buildings already have distributed antenna systems (DAS) and Wi-Fi systems deployed to handle attendee data traffic. In some cases, mobile network operators (MNOs) use “cell-sites on wheels” (COWs) to provide ad hoc capacity.

Beyond these solutions, private cellular networks, especially those using CBRS, can be used to provide additional coverage/capacity while creating a platform for the “smart stadium.”

CBRS allows the building owner or tenant (a CBRS network may be installed by either) to provide private LTE/5G service to the occupants of the building and the building itself, supporting point of sale, smart signage and advertising, HVAC, environmental systems, security systems and access systems alike. The immediate environs of the stadium itself (the parking lot) could also be covered by the private cellular network.

For this report, iGR defines an in-building private cellular system as one that uses the U.S. CBRS band for 4G/5G-based services and is funded by a third party distinct from a Mobile Network Operator (MNO). Note that iGR includes campus-wide cellular networks, such as the parking area around a stadium, within the “in-building” umbrella.

This market study provides a five-year forecast for spending for three types of spending on in-building private cellular systems using CBRS in U.S. stadium and arena buildings. The three types of spending include:

  • Network build and operational spending: the costs associated with installing and operating the private CBRS network
  • Network/systems integration spending: the costs associated with designing, sourcing equipment, integrating the network and applications, etc.
  • Applications: the costs associated with purchasing and licensing the applications that run on the private CBRS network.

Key Questions Answered

  • What is a private cellular network?
  • How can a private cellular network be used to create a connected stadium building and surrounding area?
  • What is the primary purpose of a connected stadium building and surrounding area?
  • What technologies are required for a connected stadium building?
  • What use cases are enabled in a connected stadium building?
  • How much will be spent to build and operate a private CBRS network in U.S. stadium and arena buildings from 2021 to 2026?
  • What is the forecasted network/systems integration spending associated with the private CBRS network opportunity in U.S. stadium and arena buildings from 2021 to 2026?
  • What is the forecasted applications spending for private CBRS networks in U.S. stadium and arena buildings from 2021 to 2026?

Who Should Read

  • Systems integrators and wireless network integrators
  • CBRS solutions vendors
  • Mobile operators
  • Infrastructure OEMs
  • Financial analysts and investors.

Table of Contents

  • Abstract
  • Executive Summary
    • Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks, Stadiums
    • What this means
  • Methodology
    • Sources
    • Definitions
  • Stadiums
    • Summary of Employment Trends
    • Private CBRS Networks in Stadiums
  • Technologies and Spectrum Behind Connected Stadiums
    • 5G
    • CBRS
  • Forecast Methodology and Assumptions
    • Basic Assumption
    • Buildings Methodology
    • Network Build & Operate Spending Methodology
    • Network/Systems Integration: Assumptions and Methodology
    • Application Spending: Assumptions and Methodology
  • Private CBRS Network Spending Forecast – Stadiums & Arenas
    • Private CBRS Networks Build and Operation
    • Private CBRS Networks Integration
    • Private CBRS Networks Applications
    • Total Spend
  • Definitions
  • About iGR
    • Disclaimer

List of Tables

  • Table A: Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 1: Major Employment Changes in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Sub-sector, 2020-2022
  • Table 2: Employment by Occupation, Spectator Sports, 2019-2021
  • Table 3: Commercial Buildings in the U.S.
  • Table 4: Sub-types of Public Assembly Buildings
  • Table 5: Select Expenses Categories, Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries, 2020
  • Table 6: Private CBRS Network Build Spending in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 7: Private CBRS Network Operational Spending in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 8: Total CBRS Private Network Spending for Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 9: Private CBRS Network Integration Spending in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 10: Private CBRS Network Applications Spending in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Table 11: Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Definitions Table

List of Charts and Figures

  • Figure A: Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 1: Employment in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Sub-sector, 2020-2022
  • Figure 2: Employment by Occupation, Spectator Sports, 2019-2021
  • Figure 3: Select Expenses Categories, Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and
  • Figure 4: Private CBRS Network Build Spending in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 5: Private CBRS Network Operational Spending in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 6: Total CBRS Private Network Spending for Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 7: Private CBRS Network Integration Spending in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 8: Private CBRS Network Applications Spending in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)
  • Figure 9: Total Spending for Private CBRS Networks in Stadiums/Arenas, 2021-2026 ($M)

For additional information on the U.S. Stadiums & Arenas Private CBRS Network Forecast, 2021-2026 market study, please contact Iain Gillott, at (512) 796-1675 or by email.

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