In August 2019, this was the question the University of Notre Dame faced. The university needed to upgrade their fiber backbone to support cameras, remote kits and other related gear required to create the sports broadcasts for a fast-approaching launch on ESPN’s ACC Network. A few of Notre Dame’s athletic venues had previously been upgraded, primarily football and basketball. Several of the other collegiate sports venues and setups would be addressed in this project including baseball, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field, and volleyball.
This article explores several of the key products and actions the University of Notre Dame implemented in their recent fiber-optic network upgrade and expansion to address the coming demands. The university faced three primary concerns: space, quality, and costs.