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Charlotte Knights Call Up CommScope to Provide Essential Operational Technology for BB&T Ballpark

The Charlotte Knights, a class AAA affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, are playing their 2014 season in the new 10,200 capacity BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte. This year, the ball park is expected to draw more than 600,000 baseball fans to watch the Knights and experience a stadium that includes many traditional features as well as accommodating the latest in visual and high-speed computing technology seen in the newest sporting venues around the country.

BB&T Ballpark - Home of the Charlotte Knights (Photo: Business Wire)

BB&T Ballpark - Home of the Charlotte Knights (Photo: Business Wire)

CommScope was chosen to outfit BB&T Ballpark with its high-performance line of Uniprise® end-to-end copper, fiber and coaxial connectivity solutions providing high-speed communications functions throughout the stadium. The newly-installed infrastructure connects all communications technology, including monitors, scoreboards and cash registers.

“Baseball in Charlotte has a long history, dating back to the late 1800s, and we are excited about our next chapter in the new BB&T Ballpark,” said Dan Rajkowski, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Charlotte Knights. “When we started the design process for this venue in 2012, we wanted to work with a technology partner that had experience with designing and implementing communications infrastructures for large sporting venues. CommScope has experience installing solutions in the world’s largest stadiums and provided the expertise and quality products to help us achieve our goal of incorporating the right technology.”

A video of Dan Rajkowski discussing the decisions and planning that went into BB&T Ballpark can be seen here.

CommScope specializes in deploying advanced connectivity solutions in sporting venues around the world. CommScope solutions enable better performance and sufficient bandwidth – the ability of networks to carry large volumes of traffic efficiently. The telecommunications infrastructure also will enable the Charlotte Knights to eventually install other technologies common in large venues, such as a distributed antenna system- providing better coverage and capacity for wireless services.

“The Charlotte Knights have a reputation for providing the best possible experience for their fans and we are proud to partner with them to maintain that reputation by providing an end-to-end solution to meet their bandwidth needs,” said Kevin St. Cyr, senior vice president of Enterprise Solutions, CommScope. “No matter the size of the team, cost is always a concern when building a new venue. CommScope partnered with the Knights to create a cost effective plan to help them develop a state-of-the-art facility at a reasonable cost – ultimately keeping the pressure off the fans at the ticket office.”

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About Charlotte Knights

The Charlotte Knights are the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox and play their home games at the brand-new BB&T Ballpark in Uptown Charlotte. Single-game tickets for the 2014 season are on sale now and can be purchased by phone at 704-357-8071, online at charlotteknights.com, or in person at the BB&T Ballpark Ticket Office. Uptown Knights are Better Than Ever!

About CommScope

CommScope (www.commscope.com; NASDAQ:COMM) has played a role in virtually all the world’s best communication networks. We create the infrastructure that connects people and technologies through every evolution. Our portfolio of end-to-end solutions includes critical infrastructure our customers need to build high-performing wired and wireless networks. As much as technology changes, our goal remains the same: to help our customers create, innovate, design, and build faster and better. We’ll never stop connecting and evolving networks for the business of life at home, at work, and on the go.

This press release includes forward-looking statements that are based on information currently available to management, management’s beliefs, as well as on a number of assumptions concerning future events. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, which could cause the actual results to differ materially from those currently expected. In providing forward-looking statements, the company does not intend, and is not undertaking any obligation or duty, to update these statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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