National Basketball Association (NBA) champions the Golden State Warriors have named information technology giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) as a founding partner of Chase Center ahead of their move to the arena in 2019.
The deal will see the California-based company exclusively provide IT infrastructure and networking solutions at the 18,000-seater venue to enable connected experiences for fans.
Chase Center, which is based in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighbourhood, will be equipped with the most advanced HPE hybrid cloud and networking solutions from Aruba, a HPE-owned company, to provide secure and seamless connectivity. The extensive infrastructure will create new experiences by delivering custom mobile content and venue-specific services during basketball games and other events staged at the arena.
In addition, the operating system will enable intelligent automation and network insights to reduce the time spent on manual tasks, gifting the Warriors’ IT team more time to develop new fan engagement initiatives and find different ways to drive operational efficiencies.
“Attending sporting events, concerts and stage performances used to be a passive experience, with fans simply sitting and watching,” said Antonio Neri, president and chief executive of HPE. “Industry-leading servers, storage and strong connectivity combined with new location technology inside the arena and theatre and across the entire 11-acre site, makes the entire space a connected, interactive playground.”
The Warriors are the latest sports team that have appointed HPE to speed up their operational efficiencies. Premier League soccer side Tottenham Hotspur have selected HPE to install advanced technology at their own new stadium, while the company also provides a similar service to Eredivisie club Ajax.
“Our partnership with HPE will enable our fans and guests to experience a seamless connected experience from the moment they step onto our site,” added Warriors president and chief operating officer Rick Welts. “HPE’s experience in the connectivity space and their knowledge and understanding of our needs is what makes them a perfect partner for the Warriors and Chase Center.”
The Warriors have made a typically strong start to the new NBA season, topping the league’s Western Conference having won 11 of their opening 13 games. They make the short trip to Los Angeles to face the Clippers in their next fixture on Monday.