January 24, 2018 | by Wayne Smith

Super Bowl sized accomplishments for Vertex Innovations in Minnesota

When an estimated 1 million people descend in and around Minneapolis, MN for Super Bowl 52 in February, wireless network operators will wrap up years of network planning and investment in the market. The nation’s largest are deploying small cells, creating new cell sites, and adding antennas and new DAS network (distributed antenna systems) to support what is anticipated to be a “blizzard” of data usage throughout the city, stadium and surrounding venues in Minneapolis.

Neutral Host DAS

Vertex Innovations is proud to work with wireless network operators and employs several individuals in the Minneapolis market to oversee Super Bowl related projects. At the Super Bowl venue itself, Vertex Project Manager Brian Nelsen has been overseeing the build of one of the largest stadium DAS networks in the U.S. at U.S. Bank Stadium. Brian is credited with overseeing the building of the stadium’s initial neutral host DAS network, which debuted with the opening of the Minnesota Vikings 2016-2017 NFL season, along with phase 2 construction, commencing with the Super Bowl.

Kyle Thomas, Construction Engineer, has been overseeing the optimization of over a hundred new small cells in and around Minneapolis/St. Paul and built 60 completely new small cell sites. These small cells will enhance network capacity in areas such as the Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis, the site of numerous free concerts in the days leading up to the Super Bowl. Kyle’s carrier optimization work in the area will also help allow for the anticipated high data usage during the week leading up to the “big game.”

David Slininger has been busy overseeing the build of an improved DAS network at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN. As a Construction Engineer, David has spent months at this location as well as the Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport, enhancing the systems that will allow visitors to take photos, record video and post content during the busy Super Bowl weekend. In addition, David’s work as DAS Construction Engineer will allow visitors at the “Super Bowl Experience,” being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center and party goers at Mystic Lake Casino to better share their experiences on social media and remain connected.

Chris Schulz, one of the newest members of the Vertex team in Minneapolis, assisted the team to manage the more than 650 new 4-way site installations in the five-state region that includes Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas. The addition of these sites will allow for greater capacity in the region, reducing the load on towers, enabling better and more coverage with the anticipated activity on the networks.

In the Minneapolis/St. Paul market DAS Project Manager Eric Neumann has been equally as involved in increasing capacity and coverage. The Minnesota Vikings’ current training center, “Winter Park,” Super Bowl practice field for the Philadelphia Eagles, has received a new network operator exclusive DAS, increasing capacity and coverage for the hundreds of fans and media anticipated at the practices. Eric and his team also installed a DAS network at St. Paul’s Holman Field. The airport, located in downtown St. Paul, is anticipated to host 1,100 to 1,300 private and corporate jets during the Super Bowl 52 weekend.

These are just some of the many, many accomplishments completed in the region by Vertex’s Minnesota team. You might ask yourself, “what can Vertex do for my organization?” Contact the Vertex team to learn more about our project management, on-time project delivery and SaaS offerings.