The Baltimore Ravens are giving their stadium a digital upgrade for the 2015 season.
Fans and guests will have soon have access to free, high-density wi-fi at M&T Bank Stadium, thanks to 800 new wireless access points supplied by the California-based companies Extreme Networks Inc. and PCM Inc. The network is designed to allow uninterrupted access to multimedia apps from within the stadium, officials say.
“Today’s fan experience hinges on reliable connectivity,” said Ravens President Dick Cass in a statement. “The free and reliable wi-fi equipped throughout the venue will enable an unmatched level of connectivity to deliver on the immersive experience fans today are after. The Baltimore Ravens organization is truly committed to delivering cutting edge technology to provide our fans with a game day experience that they cannot get at home.”
The move is also likely to please non-fans who find themselves dragged to the sporting events, who will presumably find it easier to focus on something other than the game. And fans who choose not to use the new wireless network will still be able to enjoy the games by watching them live, in real time, before their eyes.
So, really, everybody wins.