WiFi won’t be a problem at all at the Super Bowl. The NFL doesn’t want any shortages nor any interference in wireless connections, which is why the Superdome in New Orleans has been designed to handle a whopping 30,000 connections simultaneously during the big game.
There are reportedly 700 wireless access points inside the stadium, and if that’s not enough, then the people huddled in the parking lot can make use of the additional 250 access points.
The NFL has thought this through, and clearly understands that the age of tablets and smartphones speak of an uninterrupted connection to access social networking sites and the web.
While football lovers will be fed with WiFi to their heart’s content, unregulated access is a strict no. All fans who enter the Superdome will be inspected to ensure that they are not carrying any wireless gear that could interfere with the proper WiFi present in the stadium.
According to Dave Stewart, director of IT and production for Superdome management firm SMG. ‘rogue access points’ will not be entertained. This was what he said to Ars Technica:
“Every device that enters the building has to go through a frequency scan and be authorized to enter. At the perimeter the devices are identified and tagged. If they present a potential for interference, they are remediated at that moment. Either the channel is changed or it is denied access. It’s all stopped at the perimeter for this event.”
It was Verizon Wireless who built the network with Cisco gear.