You know you’re a parent when you can’t remember the last time you went on a date! So, when Verizon reached out with VIP tickets to go see the San Diego Padres, I was thrilled. I invited my wife on a Saturday night date to see the baseball game and wanted to share some of the highlights with you, guys because bragging rights – we scored some insane seats!

//platform.instagram.com/en_US/embeds.jsIf you’re a parent, you’ll know leaving home without the kids can be a bit of a daunting task; being out of practice, and going to a huge stadium, it did cross my mind, “What if I can’t get reception?” or “What if I need to make an emergency call and can’t?” Thankfully, Verizon had it all planned: to help us feel at ease, they set us up with a Google Pixel; a new (and exclusive) smartphone changing the Android game.

Date Night

First of all, the seats were phenomenal! We could literally smell the fresh cut grass we were so close to the innings. And, if you’re like me, you never really unplug from work: so, during the game, I decided to do a live stream on Facebook using the Google Pixel to see what the capacity was like, and I must say I was impressed. It wasn’t glitchy, and if you tuned in, you might have felt like you were there.

These seats are insane! Excited to test the @verizon network at tonight’s #Padres game @PetcoPark #GameTime A post shared by Male Standard (@malestandard) on

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We loaded up on snacks and fresh squeezed orange juice and took some selfies; the front facing camera is great and took nice clear pics of us in front of the stadium. And at halftime, we called home using the most-awarded network service, with no issues to make sure family life was a happy life. This was a relief, and I could hear other people around me were not having as much luck getting connected.

Pixel, Phone by Google

One of the unique components of this tech collaboration is that stadiums and event arenas tend to block out cell reception. Verizon brings Google’s next gen smartphone to its next gen network (exclusively) with its LTE Advanced network to experience 50% faster peak wireless data speeds in over 470 cities: no more worrying about service coverage when traveling. You can test your speeds here.

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The Google Pixel interestingly uses “Type C” charging (within 15 minutes), and has an average of 7 hours battery life (which got us back home to the Grandparents). It has a 12.3-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front cameras are supported with a built-in backlight feature that helps ensure better photos in low light situations, including action shots of the game, and taps into the power of the DAS system, which is at Petco Park.   

The DAS System and PetCo Park

Petco Park is divided into nine “sectors,” each a dedicated section of the park with its own radio equipment. Petco Park uses separate pieces of equipment to provide expanded bandwidth, transmitting power, and a greater ability to hear other callers over noise. Each sector has two independent transmit signals, known as “Multiple In Multiple Out (MIMO).”

This technology is helpful in busy areas like Petco Park areas like Petco Park and allows for increased capacity and speeds. Petco Park also takes advantage of three kinds of deployed spectrum on each of the sectors: 700, AWS and PCS. Collectively, these spectrums provide more than enough data coverage for the entire park and allow for anticipated increased data usage in the years to come.

Thanks to everyone who checked out my live stream of the #Padres game at Facebook/MaleStandard and to @Verizon network and @PetCoPark for hosting us!

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