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Lions: Ford Field Wi-Fi upgrades ready for 2017 season

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

The Detroit Lions have announced the Wi-Fi upgrades at Ford Field will be completed by the start of the 2017 season.

The upgrades, accessible via mobile devices, will be available to all fans, regardless of cell service provider.

Ford Field

“In addition to improving the WiFi system to provide strong and consistently reliable connectivity for our fans, it was equally important to open WiFi up for all Ford Field guests,” team president Rod Wood said in a statement. “As we work with Verizon to finalize the WiFi system upgrades, we are excited to offer a guest experience that features the best wireless technology available.”

The new WiFi system has quadrupled capacity and new antennas throughout the lower bowl should result in a better overall fan experience when browsing, posting and streaming content inside the stadium.

“Fans have been waiting for this new WiFi system and we’re confident the wait will be worth it,” said Abby Knowles, executive director — network for Verizon. “Installation of the system was no easy feat and required boring into concrete along with the laying of additional fiber. But in the end it means truly a top-of-the-line system.”

Wi-Fi issues have been among the top fan complaints and one of Wood’s top priorities since taking over as team president in November 2015. Construction on the project began last September.

In addition to the Wi-Fi upgrades, Wood has spearheaded a number of improvements at Ford Field, including the addition of cheerleaders, upgraded interior lighting and sound system, plus an LED-lit roof outside the building.

jdrogers@detroitnews.com

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