Building a new stadium requires overcoming many hurdles and obstacles, most notably funding and government clearance. The San Francisco 49ers eventually found their way to a new location, almost completed stadium, selling of naming rights, and enough parking to host prime-time NFL games. As Mobile Sports Report tells it, however, Levi’s Stadium will outdo–by far–all other NFL stadiums in at least one regard: connectivity.
According to Comcast’s Mike Tighe, “Many stadiums plan for 10 to 15 percent [of fans] using the network.” Yet Comcast–who has provided internet and Wi-Fi capabilities to many stadiums in the United States in football, baseball, and other sports–is going way beyond what they do for other stadiums in Santa Clara. To give some background, Comcast upgraded the Red Sox’ connection from 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps in response to a growing demand in the playoffs. Levi’s Stadium will be decked out with two 10 Gbps fiber lines with the intention of providing internet capability for all 68,500 spectators at full capacity. That is impressive.
It also shows why Levi’s Stadium is the absolute perfect stadium. Perhaps fans of other teams would not be extremely excited or need 100% Wi-Fi capability, but in the heart of Silicon Valley, this attribute is close to a necessity. The 49ers have done an excellent job ensuring that their new home is as nice as it can possibly be, especially for its inhabitants and special guests. After a Super Bowl with everyone having access to high-speed internet, will anyone want to go to a game without it again?