Titans get gig-y with it

WiFi is coming to LP Field, Comcast announced Tuesday. The cable and internet provider will install a "redundant 1 Gigabit per second Ethernet Dedicated internet connection" at the East Bank stadium, per a press release (after the jump).

Comcast Business today announced that the NFL's Tennessee Titans have equipped LP Field with a redundant 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) Ethernet Dedicated Internet connection as part of a series of technology advancements that will offer fans Wi-Fi for the first time. With connectivity throughout the stadium, tech-savvy fans can upload photos, monitor fantasy football statistics, or check scores from their smartphones. The solution also prepares the team for future demand as Comcast's fiber connections can easily scale up to 10 Gbps.

The sports industry is focused on creating unique fan experiences through new, modern stadiums with compelling amenities, ranging from comfortable seats to gourmet food and giant HD video scoreboards. As part of that trend, reliable, high-speed Wi-Fi access in stadiums has quickly emerged as a critical amenity given that the national adoption rate of smartphones exceeds 55 percent. In addition to fans' other mobile apps and services, the Comcast Ethernet Dedicated Internet service and Wi-Fi access puts fans in control of the action through the Titans' official mobile application, available for iOS, Android and Blackberry smartphones. The app allows viewers to review multiple camera angles on any given play, access Red Zone coverage of all ongoing games, and enjoy exclusive video, news and other Titans-related content.

"Being a diehard sports fan involves more than just watching your favorite team in person - it means being able to access the information you desire, when you want it, at your fingertips," said Russ Hudson, Director, Information Systems of the Tennessee Titans. "Our fans not only want to watch and support the team on the field, but also desire to see a close-up of that diving catch or game-saving tackle from their smartphone, and Comcast Business is playing an instrumental role in meeting these demands. The connection was easy to install and feedback from our fans couldn't be more positive about the new Wi-Fi access."

In addition to providing its fans with reliable Internet access for Wi-Fi, the Titans also deployed an Ethernet Private Line from Comcast Business at its practice facility for team staff to conduct daily business. Comcast's connectivity solutions ensure that the Titans have sufficient bandwidth and redundancy in case of increased demand.

"The thirst for fiber-based, gigabit connectivity only continues to grow, and we are seeing customers across all sectors - healthcare, transportation, hospitality, and professional sports - continue to seek out Comcast Business to meet the demand," said Doug Guthrie, regional senior vice president, Comcast. "Fans inside LP Field now have the luxury of reliable, high speed Wi-Fi access with unique new perspectives into the game through the Titans mobile app.  It's imperative that organizations like the Titans take proactive steps to ensure they have the connectivity solutions to meet their customers' needs, today and in the future."

Over the past two years, Comcast has signed agreements to provide media and communications services to several pro sports organizations around the country, including the San Francisco 49'ers, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Boston Celtics, Oakland A's, Boston Red Sox,  Detroit Tigers and Atlanta Hawks. 

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