Extreme Networks Helps to Transform Stanford Athletics Gameday Experience


Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), a cloud-driven networking company, today announced it was selected by Stanford Athletics to deliver professional-grade, high-density Wi-Fi 6 networks to transform and improve the fan experience at both Stanford Stadium and Maples Pavilion. Working in partnership with Comcast Business, Extreme deployed Wi-Fi 6 access points throughout the stadium and pavilion, providing fans with fast, high-performing, and reliable connectivity. Stanford Athletics is using ExtremeAnalytics™ to streamline gameday operations, easily identify and troubleshoot network issues, and gain better visibility into Wi-Fi usage throughout the two venues to optimize the fan experience.

Together, Stanford Stadium and Maples Pavilion host more than 100 events each year, including football, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s volleyball, women’s gymnastics, and an annual Major League Soccer game between the San Jose Earthquakes and the Los Angeles Galaxy. The newly deployed network allows Stanford to implement digital services such as mobile ticketing and a rollout of the new Stanford Athletics app with additional services planned in the future.

Comcast Business served as the systems integrator for the deployment and is providing the underlying connectivity for the network via its Metro Ethernet Dedicated Internet service. Following network turn-up, Comcast Business will continue to operate and monitor the network as a managed services provider.

Key benefits:

  • High-Speed Wi-Fi: Extreme’s Wi-Fi solutions deliver high-speed wireless connectivity optimized for high-density venue environments as well as bandwidth-intensive applications and devices used by both stadium personnel and fans. Stanford Stadium and Maples Pavilion now have the scale and capacity to provide an improved game day experience, allowing fans to use mobile ticketing, leverage the Stanford Athletics App, share their experiences on social media, and access real-time statistics and commentary.
  • Cloud-Based Network Management and Control: IT staff now benefit from a dashboard that provides a centralized view into the entire network and devices to ensure smooth operations during large events. ExtremeCloud™ IQ Site Engine delivers end-to-end network management, automation, insights, and assurance, making it easier and cost-effective to scale operations and manage all devices in the cloud or on-premises.
  • Improved Venue Operations: With ExtremeAnalytics, Stanford Athletics is able to monitor and leverage network and application usage data to regularly enhance the in-stadium experience for fans. Administrators have access to contextual data, which provides insights on traffic flow patterns and other relevant information required to improve venue operations.

Executive Perspectives

  • “Extreme’s solutions are purpose built for large venues, which makes it simple to deploy and get up and running quickly. Extreme is a proven market leader with demonstrated expertise providing high-quality connectivity – the backbone for creating a stellar fan experience. Their vision for cloud-based network management will impact the way organizations manage their networks and leverage analytics to improve business operations and personalized fan experiences.” – Scott Cohen, Executive Director, Comcast Business Product Management
  • “Fans come to sporting events expecting a combination of on-field entertainment and reliable high-performing connectivity that allows them to capture, share, and extend their experience digitally. Stanford Athletics has taken a significant leap forward by modernizing its stadium with infrastructure to power more consumer-centric experiences such as mobile ticketing, extending its prestigious reputation as a leading technology institution out to the stadium and arena.” – John Brams, Vice President, Sports and Entertainment, Extreme Networks

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Third Course in Popular Extreme Academy Training Series Teaches Business Skills for Networking Professionals


Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), a cloud-driven networking company, today announced the third course in its Extreme Academy Live IT training program, Advance Your Career, will begin on August 5. The free, four-week course offers an inside perspective on the networking industry usually learned through years on the job. No IT experience is required to enroll.

Instructors will walk participants through the role networking plays in delivering business outcomes using real world examples. Participants will learn to understand and articulate the value organizations gain from modern IT networks. They’ll learn to decode networking industry jargon and get tips from experienced professionals on what it takes to have a successful career in IT, including how to “speak business” and the soft skills that can help both aspiring and experienced IT professionals become better, more engaged employees.

Key Facts

    • Extreme Academy is an academic curriculum designed to educate experienced and aspiring IT professionals on networking, security, and cloud fundamentals, as well as machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI). Participants who complete Extreme Academy Live coursework can earn key accreditations and certifications, including an Extreme Networks Associate-level qualification. Over 11,000 participants are currently enrolled
    • The past year has forced organizations of all sizes to take a hard look at their IT and networking investments in their pursuit of digital transformation. Functional leaders need an IT partner to drive business outcomes, as well as the requisite knowledge for a productive conversation. Participants in the Advance Your Career course will explore the role networks play in a modern business environment and will leave with a better understanding of IT jargon, networking industry trends, and the reasoning behind IT strategies.
    • The first two courses in Extreme Academy Live, Introduction to Future Networking and Building Robust and Secure Wireless Networks, are available for free on-demand via Extreme’s YouTube channel. Extreme offers free, accessible IT training and certification that is available live and on-demand as part of its efforts to narrow the digital divide and build a stronger IT workforce.
    • Extreme Academy is also available as an onsite course that can be integrated into existing curriculums or taught alongside current coursework and training at colleges, universities, or businesses. The curriculum consists of flexible lesson plans that can be structured for virtual classrooms or live instruction, enabling each institution to customize Extreme Academy to fit their students’ needs. Participating organizations receive teaching resources, state-of-the-art lab equipment, and a diverse training portfolio. To bring Extreme Academy to your organization, contact Extreme Networks via academy.extremenetworks.com.

Extreme Academy Live Participant Highlights

Satyend Appiah, Participant in Extreme Academy Live: Introduction to Future Networking, United Kingdom
“I started as a service desk analyst four years ago and worked my way up to become an infrastructure engineer. My goal is to one day specialize in networking, and Extreme Academy is helping me achieve that goal. It has been a highly insightful, informative course and I have no doubt this knowledge and content will help me excel in my future career.”

Steve Burgess, Participant in Extreme Academy Live: Introduction to Future Networking, United States
“I love working with technology, so wherever I work I have asked to handle the networks. I am currently a systems administrator because I was the only one who volunteered! This class has been wonderful and has helped me refresh my foundational knowledge. I now understand why certain tasks are necessary, not just how to do them.”

Chad Kietzman, Participant in Extreme Academy Live: Building Robust and Secure Wireless Networks, United States
“We are using Extreme Academy to build the bench in our technology department. Extreme Academy is giving my team the foundation to understand IT basics and helps me better explain in detail how our network works. We are all gaining knowledge and using it to build a better network and user experience.”

Executive Perspective

Ed Meyercord, President and Chief Executive Officer, Extreme Networks
“In the highly competitive IT industry, having non-technical business knowledge in addition to technical skill is a hugely valuable differentiator. These skills are often learned through experience, but Extreme Academy allows us to give aspiring IT professionals insider knowledge and insights before they have to learn on the job. Extreme is proud to provide an accessible introduction to the technology industry and key skills for an even wider audience as we continue to expand Extreme Academy and inspire the next generation of technology leaders.”

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