New stadium opens at Kentucky Horse Park
With its green roof and seats, the new $25 million outdoor stadium at Kentucky Horse Park rises high above the native central Kentucky bluegrass.
But while attendees at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event were busy last week admiring the new 7,300-seat facility, few people noticed the information technology infrastructure being developed throughout the complex.
Commonwealth Office of Technology's Network Engineering branch is working with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games to manage the design and implementation of a new data network to handle all of the IT needs of next year's event.
Kent Gibson, a systems consultant of information technology in COT's Network Engineering branch, said although the network will not be fully deployed until next year, the agency’s network operations and engineering employees were able to successfully provide wireless service for the Rolex event.
“This event was a very good test for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” Gibson said. “The system worked as designed, and the customers were happy with the performance and support from COT.”
The outdoor stadium, which can be expanded to 30,000 seats, is part of a large expansion of facilities at the park that will allow Kentucky to continue competing for large events.