Contrasting Stadium Tech Infrastructure Projects

February 27, 2013

Two teams in tech oriented regions are taking two very different approaches to interior stadium infrastructure projects.  The Mariners are installing MLB’s largest video board.  Down the coast, the 49ers are taking a different path for their new stadium.  They’re building an in stadium network that will include Wi-Fi.  As mentioned by President Jed York, rather than build a large video screen, the 49ers are hoping their network is robust enough to give all stadium goers a personalized video experience.

Both efforts are bound to be crowd pleasing, with the 49ers plan a little more risky given how in stadium networks are relatively new, to say nothing of making sure the network is strong enough to handle the demands of 68K thousand people at the same time.  Locally, both Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field are relatively lacking when it comes to network strength for mobile users of the various carriers.  Neither stadium has publicly available Wi-Fi, though the NFL is encouraging teams to upgrade their stadiums to offer Wi-Fi in the future.  With such heavy use of wireless devices in stadiums these days, and teams or leagues encouraging such activity with their apps, teams can probably expect fans to lobby for better team provided stadium coverage if the mobile operators are unable to do it themselves.