NFL institutes new cellular, Wi-Fi requirements in stadiums

NFL institutes new cellular, Wi-Fi requirements in stadiums
October 22, 2013, 9:00 am
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CSN Staff

As the NFL looks to build on their initiative of bringing the highest quality in-game experience to fans, the league has issued a new set of requirements to teams throughout the league.

Each stadium in the NFL will have to meet league required Wi-Fi and cellular standards. The set of standards include: ensuring minimum capacity for downloads, uploads and browsing, while holding the same capacity for phone calls and texting.

NFL Chief information officer Michelle McKenna-Doyle wouldn't specify exactly what the standards would be but told Sports Business Journal's Daniel Kaplan about the importance of instituting these minimum standards.

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"We put minimum standards and metrics in place so not only do clubs know our Wi-Fi is performing and to hold [cellular] carries accountable, but also [it gives] us analytics for what our fans are doing, which leads us to more marketing," McKenna-Doyle said.

Most NFL stadiums have poor cellular service and some don't currently have Wi-Fi available to fans. Approximately 11 NFL venues don't offer Wi-Fi to their fans.

The MLB has a plan to bring increased technological capacity to all 30 ballparks by the end of the 2014 season while the NBA hasn't issued any changes as of the 2013-14 season.