During the New England Patriots’ disappointing home opener this past Sunday, fans could express their frustration through tweets, posts, and blogs with ease thanks to Gillette Stadium’s new accessible Wi-Fi network. According to Computerworld.com, the new 802.11n network comprises more than 200 indoor and outdoor access points from Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications company.
The network, redoubled by apps from Gillette Stadium and the official app of the New England Patriots, gives iPhone, iPad and Android users an unparalleled in-stadium experience. Patriot fans have never been closer to the on-field action, thanks to exclusive access to the NFL Red Zone, real-time stats, instant news updates, and in-depth game analysis. Plus, once fans access the network, they can check their phones for live video and audio broadcasts. Finally, thanks to the network’s constant live updates and video broadcasts, fans can casually saunter to the concession stand—instead of sprinting all-out to avoid missing a play.
As technology advances, the at-home viewing experience of NFL fans continues to grow in comfort and convenience. With this in mind, the league is looking to enhance the live stadium experience for the fans who buy tickets. Currently, negotiations are in progress for league-wide wireless Internet in all 31 NFL stadiums. This would improve the fans’ stadium experience by allowing them to check instant replays and highlights, keep tabs on their fantasy team, and easily collect league-wide stats. In addition to the forward thinking Patriots, the Jacksonville Jaguars are planning fan-friendly changes to their stadium, including a new signature cocktail, “cool zones,” improved cell phone service, and the ability to bring your own snacks.
Stay tuned for more news on the NFL’s latest and greatest stadium enhancements.
Source: Patriots.com, Google Play