Comcast has struck a wide-ranging deal with Major League Baseball's Atlanta Braves, becoming a key technology partner and anchor tenant for the club's SunTrust Park, a new stadium set to be ready by the start of the 2017 season.
Under the agreement, Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) will provide video, voice and high-speed Internet services throughout the 60-acre site, which will include not just the ballpark, but retail shops, restaurants, an office tower, hotel, an entertainment venue and residential units.
Comcast says its network will include two data centers, each with 10,000 fiber connections that are backed by dual 400 Megawatt generators to ensure full redundancy.
Comcast will also house 1,000 of its employees, most of them in newly created positions, in the new office tower. The space will include a new extension of Comcast's Innovation Lab, connected to other company R&D centers in Silicon Valley, Philadelphia and Denver via high-speed fiber.
"I'm particularly excited by Comcast's plans to create hundreds of jobs and to invest in a new center for technology collaboration," said Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, in a statement. "Georgia benefits when imaginative new technology and economic development initiatives like this come to our state."
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