Stadium WiFi List #StadiumWiFi

Stadium WiFi List

Stadium WiFiThere are many reasons for why stadium and team owners are installing WiFi but most boil down the larger goal of improving the “Game Day Experience”.

Below is text from professional and collegiate American football websites about the Game Day Experience. I guarantee every major team knows that focusing only on the game is not the best way to grow a fan base.

“The Notre Dame Game Day experience is unlike any other. While many fans come to campus for the football game, all quickly realize that Game Days at Notre Dame are about more than Football.” — University of Notre Dame

“There is nothing quite like a fall Saturday in Auburn. From Tiger Walk to Toomer’s Corner, our fans and our traditions make Auburn’s gameday experience the best in college football.” — Auburn University

“Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti and team President Dick Cass know that fans pay a premium to attend NFL games each year. With the cost of tickets, parking and food, attending a game at M&T Bank Stadium can be an expensive venture. That’s why the Ravens have been aggressively reinvesting money from ticket sales revenue into the gameday experience.” — Baltimore Ravens

70+ inch high definition televisions, amazing camera angles, and multi-game packages make watching a game from home a pretty good experience. Sports leagues understand this and they are doing everything possible to improve the game day experience in hopes that it results in additional ticket, merchandise, and concession sales. An improved game day experience is also easier to market to business customers who are willing to pay a premium for business entertainment.

My goal with this blog post is not to over analyze the why of stadium WiFi but to simply summarize information about sports stadiums with public WiFi or planned WiFi networks.

If I have incorrect or missing information about a venue please let me know via Twitter

I’m using the generic term stadium even though some venues may be called fields, domes, arenas, or parks. Also, I fully understand that American football, basketball, and baseball are not as popular in other countries as international soccer/football, cricket, or ice hockey but I believe the US teams are leading they way with stadium WiFi so my focus will be sports that are popular in the United States.

NFL Football Stadium WiFi

Per NFL CIO, Michelle McKenna-Doyle, WiFi for all NFL stadiums is not mandated by the NFL. “It’s a recommendation. We’ve outlined a plan for how to get there including an RFP to tweak and point out specific things. The next step is for us to meet with clubs to see where it is in the priority list.” [link]

Stadium Capacity Team(s) Opened WiFi Vendor AP Count Notes
FedExField 85,000 Washington Redskins 1997 Cisco select areas $27 million renovation planned for 2014 to include additional WiFi
MetLife Stadium 82,566 New York Giants/New York Jets 2010 Cisco 700 Super Bowl 2014
Lambeau Field 80,750 Green Bay Packers 1957 Yes select areas no WiFi in bowl, only perimeter areas
AT&T Stadium 80,000 Dallas Cowboys 2009 Cisco 885 Super Bowl 2011
Arrowhead Stadium 76,416 Kansas City Chiefs 1972 Cisco 600  
Sports Authority Field at Mile High 76,125 Denver Broncos 2001 Cisco 250 (my guess) designed to accomodate 25,000 concurrent connections
Sun Life Stadium 75,540 Miami Dolphins 1987 Cisco 1100+ of which 600 are in seating areas
Bank of America Stadium 73,778 Carolina Panthers 1996 Yes 460+ AT&T Wi-Fi
Mercedes-Benz Superdome 73,208 New Orleans Saints 1975 Cisco 600-1000 Superbowl 2013 WiFi designed for 30,000 users
FirstEnergy Stadium 73,200 Cleveland Browns 1999 Yes select areas $62.5 million from the NFL for future “technological improvements” to include WiFi
Ralph Wilson Stadium 73,079 Buffalo Bills 1973   $130 million future renovation to include WiFi
Georgia Dome 71,228 Atlanta Falcons 1992 Cisco 498  
Reliant Stadium 71,054 Houston Texans 2002 No   Super Bowl 2017
M&T Bank Stadium 71,008 Baltimore Ravens 1998 No   M&T Bank Stadium does not have Wi-Fi capability”
Qualcomm Stadium 70,561 San Diego Chargers 1967 Yes limited older stadium with limited funding options
LP Field 69,143 Tennessee Titans 1999 Yes   $500 million investment in cellular voice and data (may be a typo)
Gillette Stadium 68,756 New England Patriots 2002 Extreme Networks 375  
Lincoln Financial Field 68,532 Philadelphia Eagles 2003 Extreme Networks 600 handle “45,000 simultaneous users”
Levi’s Stadium 68,500 San Francisco 49ers 2014 Aruba Networks
AP-225 w/outdoor enclosure
under seats in bowl
“up to 1500”
1000+ total based on newest info
Super Bowl 2016
600 in bowl
48 IDFs
66 miles WiFi cabling
8 controllers
2 lab, 6 production (2 master, 4 local)
EverBank Field 67,246 Jacksonville Jaguars 1995 Yes   $1.5 million investment in 2012 for WiFi
CenturyLink Field 67,000 Seattle Seahawks 2002   full stadium WiFi planned for 2015
Edward Jones Dome 66,000 St. Louis Rams 1995 Yes limited stadium is part of America’s Center complex that has 28 access points based on 2010 article supports “4,000 concurrent users throughout the facility” (eeek!)
Raymond James Stadium 65,890 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1998 Yes   Free stadium WiFi added in 2012
Paul Brown Stadium 65,535 Cincinnati Bengals 2000 Yes limited  
Heinz Field 65,050 Pittsburgh Steelers 2001 Yes select areas  
Ford Field 65,000 Detroit Lions 2002 Cisco   Verizon DAS
University of Phoenix Stadium 63,400 Arizona Cardinals 2006 Cisco 100+ [source]
Lucas Oil Stadium 62,421 Indianapolis Colts 2008 Cisco 669 Super Bowl 2012
Soldier Field 61,500 Chicago Bears 1924 Yes $1.99 per day through Boingo Wireless Coliseum 53,200 Oakland Raiders 1966 No   [source]
TCF Bank Stadium 50,805 Minnesota Vikings 2009 Yes select areas

NBA, MLB, and NHL stadium list coming soon…