Every stadium and arena should have free WiFi

Finding WiFi where one was otherwise not expecting it is one of the simple joys in life. This should not occur at any major sports venue, where wireless internet should be standard for everyone. Now, why should that be the case?

Every iPhone-using sports fan with an addiction to social media has been through it. You take a fantastic picture capturing a great moment, like the one above, and when you go to push it out over Twitter, Facebook or the like it takes forever because everyone else has the same idea. At times, texts won't even get out. Thanks AT&T.

The solution is free WiFi. The reasons to have it far outweigh any possible arguments against it.

Now, what is the downside? Obviously, there's the cost and the technical aspect of getting things done. We know it certainly isn't an impossible task as some professional stadiums already have such a setup in place, Coors Field comes to mind. There's the initial cost and then the recurring fee for service but this isn't something that should be overly inhibitive to a professional or major college sports team. 

The next negative depends on the overall intelligence (or ineptitude) of those who are running the organization. Whenever content is being shared from live events, for free, and not through permitted TV or radio broadcasts, people get a little antsy. There's always the unwarranted concern that some fans will 'tune in' via social media as opposed to going to watching/listening to 'authorized' broadcasts or even going to the game. This is outrageously stupid.

While I'm not a complete know-it-all when it comes to technology I'd say I'm about as plugged in as any sports fans will be. I'll pair almost every game I'm watching with commentary from Twitter. Sure, there are times when I'll find ways around paying for cable but never once have I seen a live blog or Twitter as a means around actually watching a game and doubt anyone else seriously has. If TV or radio is at all available, and you have to choose between that and following the game on Twitter, one will always choose the former. Comments, photos and even videos from a live event would be no different.

The positive of having WiFi? The perspective broadcast out from the everyday fan, which is entirely different from what you see on TV, can be shared with those who aren't there. The emotion and enthusiasm (or devastation) of the event can be conveyed to someone watching the game at home. While this is ultimately the goal of anyone calling or shooting the game, they present just one unbiased perspective. Even though I'm not Gamecocks fan, I want to know what it was like to be one at the game last night.

Now why is it a good idea for the stadiums and teams themselves to support this? If I understand what it was like to be there for something remarkable—presented to me from a fan's perspective—then I'll be much more inclined to try to be there next time.

Photo courtesy of taylor_cain

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shawn - April 10, 2010 5:42 PM

Thank you for answering my question. I am attending the Red Sox/Rockies series in June and will still need to do a lil work while i am there. Will they give me a hard time getting through the gates with my lap-top? Thanx man.


PRM - September 10, 2010 8:24 AM


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