In 2013 Terra began work on a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on the University of Missouri campus. So far, this project has gone through two phases of completion, and at least one phase is still in the works as the stadium goes through massive reconstruction.
Phase 1 included the architectural, electrical, mechanical and structural design of the head end equipment shelter and seven remote hubs located around the stadium, as well as extensive cable routing for fiber and coax.
The biggest challenge was designing the head end equipment shelter. The given location was affectionately named “The Snake Pit” by employees of the University, and was located underneath the stadium concourse. We needed to maximize the building’s square footage while working with the physical constraints of the area, including low ceilings, surrounding columns, underground utilities and an enormous boulder under the shelter that couldn’t be moved.
Phase 1 of the DAS project coincided with Phase 1 of the stadium renovation, which included remodeling the west side press box and reconstructing the whole north side of the stadium. The following year, in 2014, Phase 2 of the DAS project coincided with Phase 2 of the stadium renovation. We took advantage of the construction taking place on the east side press box to add two more remote hubs and we worked with University officials to develop ways to conceal the antennas within the stadium so that they would not visually impact the new addition.
The University of Missouri is nearby Terra’s Columbia, MO office and it is the alma mater of three of our engineers. We look forward to Phase 3.