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NBA’s Warriors connect with HPE for arena move

NBA basketball franchise the Golden State Warriors has partnered up with US information technology company Hewlett Packard Enterprise for the move to its new Chase Center arena.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but HPE will serve as a founding partner of Chase Center, which will include the 18,064-seat arena as well as a 5,000-person performing arts theatre, restaurant and retail businesses, and office space in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighbourhood.

Through the partnership, HPE will exclusively provide IT infrastructure and networking solutions to Chase Center that will enable connected experiences for Warriors and Chase Center guests.

Technology from HPE and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, will power the sports and entertainment arena’s IT infrastructure and seek to deliver next generation mobility and indoor location services throughout Chase Center and the surrounding district.

Opening in September, ahead of the Warriors 2019-20 season, Chase Center will be outfitted with the most advanced HPE hybrid cloud and Aruba networking solutions. The arena and surrounding district will also create new experiences by delivering custom mobile content and venue-specific services during NBA games and other events.

“Attending sporting events, concerts and stage performances used to be a passive experience, with fans simply sitting and watching,” Antonio Neri, president and chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, said.

“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.”

Keerti Melkote, co-founder and president of Aruba, added: “Working with the Golden State Warriors and Chase Center provides us with an incredible opportunity to evolve the fan-connected experience by delivering the most advanced wireless technology just now coming to market.

“Built-in AI-intelligence, location services, and seamless roaming encourages arena visitors to interact and share their experiences with others without fear of low connectivity or mobile data usage.”