Depending on your phone provider, using your phone at a stadium/arena is sometimes a hassle. Uploading an Instagram pic, sending out a tweet, or checking out other scores around the league is usually harder inside a stadium, and it’s pretty frustrating for sports fans.

Major League Baseball is aware of the connection issues fans are having, and are teaming up with Qualcomm to review and optimize stadium Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G connections. Today, rapid data processing should be second nature to venues across all leagues. In terms of stats, here’s what February’s Super Bowl looked like:


ESPN reached out to Dan Novak, VP of global marketing at Qualcomm: “You think about downloading a video or statistics. More and more [fans are] uploading video, photos, some sort of content on Instagram or any of the other platforms that have become so popular. It’s just not that uncommon to be at a sports venue or dense setting and not be able to do the simple things or the Internet connectivity slow to a crawl. It’s really not the experience you hope or expect to have.”

Let’s review the pros and cons of having access to your Instagram account during a Jays game:



So what’s the plan? They’ll travel to each stadium this season, and study the logistics and data usage of the venue. No timetable has been set as to when it integration will begin, but we’ll keep you posted.

Comments (8)

  1. It is weird how long it has taken the major sports to realize this. It will be awesome when all stadiums and venues are set up with wifi

    • Agreed. Decent wi-fi at that, and not the shitty ones that disconnect after 2 minutes of inactivity.

  2. The cell companies sure as hell aren’t going to pay to upgrade their towers around venues, so I’m glad to hear MLB will hopefully be sorting this out in some form.

    • Which is sad. Looks like all new stadiums/arenas have put connection logistics into their plans, which is a good step forward.

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