Why So Many Stadiums Are Racing to Install 5G, Even With Live Events Paused

From marketing boasts to gaming revenues, venues are seeing the future in millimeter waves

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If there is a such thing as a god of sports fans, it’s arguable that he had a hand in the blueprints for SoFi Stadium.

Los Angeles’ brand new, 3.1-million-square-foot, indoor-outdoor venue has—in addition to the Rams and the Chargers—more amenities than a decent Caribbean resort. The 80 million pixels of its Oculus 4K video board can dazzle the house’s 70,000 fans with 120 yards of moving imagery and 260 speakers’ worth of sound. The translucent roof canopy of ethylene tetrafluoroethylene keeps the expanse naturally cool even as it bathes the field in California sun.



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