AT&T is giving sports fans access to its services at athletic events.
In a new deal with Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C., AT&T will equip 645 Wi-Fi access points to provide Wi-Fi throughout the 74,000-seat venue. The upgraded Wi-Fi system will support 4G LTE coverage for wireless customers who visit the stadium. Bank of America Stadium, which holds games for the Carolina Panthers football team, has had 1.9 million MB of data exchanged on its Wi-Fi system during the 2013 season, up 50 percent from data use during the same period in 2012.
“We are looking at things differently now. As connectivity in stadiums across the country becomes a rapidly growing priority, we are deploying both Wi-Fi and DAS networks to support that need,” said Cristy Swink, vice president and general manager for mobility and consumer markets in the Mid-Atlantic at AT&T, in a prepared statement.
“The Carolina Panthers were looking to make that investment to provide Wi-Fi and enhanced coverage at Bank of America Stadium. It’s just one of the ways we’re investing in North Carolina.”
Earlier this year, AT&T began rapidly expanding its 4G LTE network in North Carolina. Among cities with the service is Charlotte-Gastonia, Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro-Winston Salem, Fayetteville, Wilmington and New Bern.