With more than 300,000 fans expected to attend the 107th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 28, 2023, Verizon has upgraded the network at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) so attendees can stream and share their experiences quickly and reliably.
Verizon is also bringing fans closer to the action with 5G Multi-View, which allows fans at the event to customize their viewing experience in real-time. Fans can toggle between seven different camera angles of live action from the track on their phones, including the live TV broadcast.
“Innovation has been at the forefront of IMS’s mission since its inception in 1909,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Verizon 5G Multi-View transforms the way fans watch the Indy 500. Once they’re connected, they’ll never miss a moment of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
“With 5G Multi-View, powered by Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network, we’re giving fans the best seat in the house regardless of where they are in the venue,” said Joe Russo, EVP and President of Global Networks and Technology at Verizon. “We’ve also upgraded our network at the venue so fans can always capture and share their experiences quickly and reliably.”
Multi-View is available in the official INDYCAR App powered by NTT DATA. Fans with a 5G device can switch between the action in the pit to see who’s in the lead coming out of turn 1. Additional cameras will provide in-car and turn 3 views, among others.
Verizon Upgrades Network for Race Fans
Last year, Verizon customers attending the event used 17 TB of data, and Verizon engineers are expecting even greater usage this year. To prepare the area, engineers have deployed additional 4G and 5G service inside the track, throughout the Grandstands, turns 3 and 4, as well as at gates 9, 10 and 11. Engineers have used a variety of spectrum to provide these upgraded services.
For 5G services, Verizon is using a combination of C-band, its mid-band spectrum designed for excellent coverage and mmWave, its premium, high-band spectrum which allows for massive capacity. Verizon recently announced upgrades to the entire Indianapolis area where 99% of customers now have access to 5G Ultra Wideband service.