Verizon to help with first LTE-based Super Bowl

In two weeks, 85,000 people are expected to cram themselves into Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana to check out the NFL's annual Super Bowl. This will be the 46th championship game in pro football in the US and you can bet that a lot of people who attend the game will be bringing their smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other wireless devices to communicate with others at the game.

GottaBeMobile.com reports that Verizon Wireless is already on the ground at both the stadium as well as downtown Indianapolis to help ease the pressure of using smartphones and laptops at the Super Bowl. This will be the first Super Bowl with a faster LTE-based wireless network and Verizon will set up three Cell on Wheels (COWs) at the stadium on game day. These are mobile cell phone towers that will help to handle the predicted increase in cell phone traffic.

While the COWs will go home after the end of the game, Verizon is also setting up some other network improvements at the stadium and in downtown Indianapolis that will be permanent. That includes nine Distributed Antenna Systems outside the stadium, 400 Internal DAS antennas inside the stadium, and 600 WiFi antennas in the stadium. WiFi access will be free to people who come to the stadium during the Super Bowl. The overall costs of the upgrades came to nearly $69 million.

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Verizon seemed to have heavily invested in the new Giants/Jets stadium, I went to the Giants/Cowboys game on new years' day. Not a fan of either so no research done, just guessing by the massive Verizon sign.

Oh, and fyi - unless there are major additions to the stadium, your estimate is way off. Lucas Oil Stadium, according to Google/wiki, holds 63,000 expandable to 70,000. So, where do the other 15,000 go?

Alladaskill17 said,
Verizon seemed to have heavily invested in the new Giants/Jets stadium, I went to the Giants/Cowboys game on new years' day. Not a fan of either so no research done, just guessing by the massive Verizon sign.

Oh, and fyi - unless there are major additions to the stadium, your estimate is way off. Lucas Oil Stadium, according to Google/wiki, holds 63,000 expandable to 70,000. So, where do the other 15,000 go?

you are just going by seats, here's the problem, for the half time show they have field tickets in addition to seat tickets, so add onto that 70k thousands more that will be standing on the field just for half time... and ontop of that there is about 5,000 production members in the stadium that are counted in capacity