Cowboys Stadium{2}


by Andrew J
The Dallas Cowboys Stadium is the newest and most technologically advanced stadium in the world. In a building that houses the over 105,000 people for a football game, technology is vital to keep operations running smoothly. The stadium is comprised of 3000 networked televisions, the world’s largest Hi-Definition screen, Wi-Fi throughout the stadium, 250 miles of fiber optic cabling, and 600 servers. Everything from the lights to the POS (Point of Sales) systems is connected to their data center.
Databases are used everywhere, including Billion dollar Football Stadiums. These data centers help to control everything within the stadium. I never imagined that so many things within a stadium needed to be controlled within a centralized system. The lights, network televisions, Wi-Fi, concession stands, and anything else electronic within the stadium are all controlled through the same data center. According to the article, the stadium consists of 31000 flat screen TVs, 884 wireless access points, 655 point of sale terminals and 185 IP security cameras that are networked together by 250 miles of fiber optic cables and 6 million feet of copper wiring that are housed in 70 wire closets.
“As data centers go, the one here at the Cowboys Stadium is not that large. It’s about 5,000 square feet. The team is made up of over 30 companies, over 90 different locations, and just under 500 employees. What we’re able to do for the first time is manage all of those companies out of one, centralized place,” says Cowboys’ CIO Pete Walsh. With this technology, the stadium is able to see everything happening at the same time. They can see the amount of food and merchandise sold and the power consumption of the building in the same place. Everything that has anything to do with the Stadium is kept within the data center. I think it is remarkable to think that if they were able to do all these things for a football stadium, imagine what they could do for our homes! Lights, thermostat, television, refrigerator inventory, etc. all can be controlled from a centralized device. It is incredible where the future is heading!

Terdiman, Daniel. (2011, February 3). Texas-size tech behind Super Bowl Stadium.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13772_3-20030328-52.html
http://www.dallascowboys.com/cdw/