Devils, Prudential Center extend partnership with Verizon

New Jersey Devils fans who visit the Prudential Center in Newark soon will experience new and innovative wireless connectivity, thanks to a partnership extension with Verizon that aims to enhance and ease the fan experience.

Through this extended multiyear partnership, Verizon is deploying Verizon 5G Ultra Wideband, Verizon Private 5G Network and Wi-Fi 6/6E to give Prudential Center, a Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment property, the ability to host a wide range of large-scale events, concerts and games with a more efficient and reliable network and fast connectivity.

The improved wireless connectivity also will change the way fans experience games and live events in the arena and through the Devils and Prudential Center mobile app, powered by Verizon.

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Verizon, a New Jersey-based company, and lay the foundation for the way fans view and experience Devils home games and other events at Prudential Center,” Sasha Puric, chief technology officer, HBSE, said. “Providing reliable and efficient wireless connectivity is at the forefront of our operational needs and, with Verizon, we can now provide that enhancement to our fans, employees, partners and events.”

Combining the power of 5G with computer vision technology from AiFi, the Prudential Center also is unveiling new cashierless checkout stores for a streamlined food and beverage experience in the arena.

“The New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center have been true partners in every sense of the word, working alongside Verizon and the NHL to test, ideate and iterate in order to bring new and innovative solutions to the sport,” Jonathan Nikols, senior vice president, global enterprise Americas, Verizon Business, said. “The learnings we’ve all come away with will help to transform the way hockey is both experienced and played, and I look forward to seeing all that’s made possible through the power of 5G and joint collaboration.”

As the Official 5G Network of the National Hockey League, Verizon already successfully piloted a Verizon Private 5G Wireless Network in the Prudential Center, enabling the use of transformative business solutions such as wireless officials’ iPads for replay review, video coaching and coach/video coach communications.

The multiyear extension of this partnership between the two New Jersey-based companies is part of a continual rollout of technological innovations to come throughout the year.