University of Oklahoma has completed a technology upgrade at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, installing facility-wide Wi-Fi.
Leading up to the 2019 college football season, Oklahoma has been completing several upgrades to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Among those is an improved Wi-Fi system, which will allow fans throughout the stadium to access the internet during games. Over 30 miles of copper and fiber wire were added to the facility, which now features 1,362 wireless access points connected to 3,702 antennas.
Oklahoma recently announced the completion of the project, wrapping it in time for the football program’s home opener on Sunday. More from the Oklahoman:
“This is an exciting upgrade for our stadium and one that we’ve had on the drawing board for several years,” athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a release. “We are rolling it out at an optimum time as we have been able to secure the latest technology, which will make this system viable for several years.”
OU opens the season at 6:30 p.m. Sunday against Houston.
There is no way to predict how the new system will handle more than 80,000 fans trying to log in, so staff members and engineers will be on site. A team of “Wi-Fi coaches” will also be accessible throughout the stadium to help fans get connected.
This season will be the first in which Oklahoma is able to offer stadium-wide Wi-Fi. Other upgrades have also been completed at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, including the installation of hand rails in every aisle.
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