June 4, 2014 at 11:06 am

Wisconsin adding $6.2-million Wi-Fi network to Camp Randall Stadium

Melvin Gordon and the Badgers play their home opener on Sept. 6 against Western Illinois. (John Raoux / Associated Press)

The University of Wisconsin is installing a new high-density Wi-Fi network for football fans at Camp Randall Stadium.

The project, which will cost the university $6.2 million, will be completed in time for the 2014 football season. Seating capacity at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison is 80,321.

The service, which will include more than 750 access points throughout the stadium and the surrounding area, will be provided by AT&T.

“We are thrilled with our collaboration with AT&T in enhancing the game-day fan experience at Camp Randall Stadium,” said Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez. “Along with AT&T, we are creating a high standard for connectivity in our stadium and providing a wide variety of additional content to our fans."

Most college football stadiums do not have full-venue wireless access because the cost to install and maintain the system is too high.

“In-stadium connectivity is becoming an essential component of the game-day experience at stadiums across the country,” said Scott T. VanderSanden, president of AT&T Wisconsin. “Whether fans are using mobile apps, texting, tweeting, checking email or surfing the Internet, they are looking for enhanced connectivity. We are excited to work with the University of Wisconsin to enhance the experience at Camp Randall for all Badger fans, students and alumni.”