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Pats try to upgrade in-stadium experience with WiFi improvements, app

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At a time when the NFL has become desperate to devise league-wide strategies for improving the in-stadium experience, some franchises are rolling up their sleeves and putting on their thinking caps and coming up with ways to get more people to choose attending games over staying at home.

In New England, the Patriots are installing a WiFi system that will allow 40 percent of the 70,000 fans to access video simultaneously.

For folks in the stadium, the Patriots will roll out specific bells and whistles.  Patriots publisher and V.P. of content Fred Kirsch tells CIO.com that the team has developed a mobile app — Patriots Game Day Live — that will provide live play-by-play, information on bathroom-line waiting times, a tool for ordering food and beverages while in the seat, and access to NFL RedZone.

Kirsch also said that the team hopes to eventually add to the app audio from players wearing microphones and video from the sidelines (insert your Spygate joke here) or the locker room.  As Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal recently reported, the NFL wants to deploy more player and coach microphones, possibly to give fans a NASCAR-style eavesdropping experience.

With features like that, it will be easier for fans to justify plunking down a bunch of money to attend the game instead of enjoying the broadcast in a place where the beer is much cheaper, the RedZone flows in 50-plus inches of HD, the bathroom line is always short, and the aim of the folks who use the facilities is considerably more accurate.

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28 Responses to “Pats try to upgrade in-stadium experience with WiFi improvements, app”
  1. schmitty2 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:34 AM

    I wonder if it will give fans access to all the secret cameras set up.

  2. purpleguy says: Aug 29, 2013 10:36 AM

    In the over kill department: I wonder if it has a murder investigation feature.

  3. pynflfan says: Aug 29, 2013 10:39 AM

    Cue the unneeded spygate comments

  4. wtfchiefs says: Aug 29, 2013 10:40 AM

    “Our goal is for you, the fan, pay us lots of money to come sit in a crowded stadium and play with your phone for 3 hours.”

    -NFL

  5. multiplemiggs says: Aug 29, 2013 10:42 AM

    bathroom lines??? whats that? the Jets dont have that at their stadium ;)

  6. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 29, 2013 10:47 AM

    the aim of the folks who use the facilities is considerably more accurate.
    _____

    Not at my house. I have three boys.

  7. sschmiggles says: Aug 29, 2013 10:47 AM

    I’d rather they drop all the fancy crap and just lower ticket prices

  8. superslugg says: Aug 29, 2013 10:52 AM

    oh c’mon spying’s not cheating, it’s as american as apple pie!!

  9. kate773 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:53 AM

    schmitty2 says:Aug 29, 2013 10:34 AM

    I wonder if it will give fans access to all the secret cameras set up.
    _______________________________

    OH MY GOD YOU’RE SO SMART AND CLEVER

  10. ranoversquarells says: Aug 29, 2013 11:00 AM

    Say what you want about the Patriots, but for someone’s who waited for 20 minutes just to use the bathroom this is pretty cool. Ditto for order food …

  11. DonRSD says: Aug 29, 2013 11:02 AM

    Yippie…….I can order a $12 beer from my seat.
    I could buy a 12 pack for the price of 1 beer…..THAT’S THE ISSUE, overpriced concessions!!!

  12. gisellichek says: Aug 29, 2013 11:04 AM

    As a frequent patron of Gillette Stadium … There are all kinds of downside for the fair weather pink hat fan… (paying for preseason games, cold, crowds, incrediably bad traffic, and yes lines in the mens room). I do not see WIFI changing that … your cell battary will be dead by half time anyway… Lets face it… regular attendees to games love the get away … tailgating… grilling awesome chow… drinking too much … and hanging with ya buds… WIFI won’t change that either.

    Mr Kraft… lower ticket prices and stop chaahing for preseaon games.

  13. schmitty2 says: Aug 29, 2013 11:13 AM

    kate773 says:Aug 29, 2013 10:53 AM

    schmitty2 says:Aug 29, 2013 10:34 AM

    I wonder if it will give fans access to all the secret cameras set up.
    _______________________________

    OH MY GOD YOU’RE SO SMART AND CLEVER

    Well, considering I’m a Ram’s fan and it was our practice they recorded right before they played each other in the SB I have earned a lifetime pass to make these comments amigo. Maybe you should be SMART AND CLEVER and not cheer for a team that has been caught cheating multiple times.

  14. whiningpatriotfans says: Aug 29, 2013 11:33 AM

    Best owner in the history of the game

  15. doctormantistoboggan says: Aug 29, 2013 11:43 AM

    they should also furnish razors so the ladies of new england can shave before starting their midnight shifts at the plant

  16. forsbergler says: Aug 29, 2013 11:51 AM

    WOW give it to the Pats to irradiate their fans with high powered Wi Fi signal. Hmmm, way to allow the biggest cheaters in the NFl to bolster the tech in their stadium. yaaaa 40% of fans yaaaa 40%. I wonder what they’re up too.

  17. pjflynn84 says: Aug 29, 2013 11:52 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 11:13 AM
    kate773 says:Aug 29, 2013 10:53 AM

    schmitty2 says:Aug 29, 2013 10:34 AM

    I wonder if it will give fans access to all the secret cameras set up.
    _______________________________

    OH MY GOD YOU’RE SO SMART AND CLEVER

    Well, considering I’m a Ram’s fan and it was our practice they recorded right before they played each other in the SB I have earned a lifetime pass to make these comments amigo. Maybe you should be SMART AND CLEVER and not cheer for a team that has been caught cheating multiple times.
    ___________________________________
    Or you and Marshall Faulk can come to terms with the fact that the Rams were just incredibly soft and got the living crap kicked out of them in that Super Bowl.

  18. fin72 says: Aug 29, 2013 11:54 AM

    …justify plunking down a bunch of money to attend the game instead of enjoying the broadcast in a place where the beer is much cheaper, the RedZone flows in 50-plus inches of HD…
    ___________________________

    More like 80 inches of HD brother… That’s how I roll!

  19. whiningpatriotfans says: Aug 29, 2013 11:56 AM

    Historically, I know visiting teams to Gillete have had some struggles late in the game and during critical moments. These “random” occurences include other teams headsets / on field communication losing power, the incorrect time on the play clock, and oh yeah – stealing signals from the stands.

    These new upgrades will probably work well until the playoffs when the other team is in the red zone – then there will be a communications glitch.

    “Patriots moto is if you ain’t cheatin, you ain’t tryin” – Ladainian T.

  20. imodan says: Aug 29, 2013 11:57 AM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 11:13 AM
    kate773 says:Aug 29, 2013 10:53 AM

    schmitty2 says:Aug 29, 2013 10:34 AM

    I wonder if it will give fans access to all the secret cameras set up.
    _______________________________

    OH MY GOD YOU’RE SO SMART AND CLEVER

    Well, considering I’m a Ram’s fan and it was our practice they recorded right before they played each other in the SB I have earned a lifetime pass to make these comments amigo. Maybe you should be SMART AND CLEVER and not cheer for a team that has been caught cheating multiple times.
    ———————————————————
    12 years ago. Probably best for your mental health to let it go and move on to something that REALLY matters. Like why your team sucks, never got back to the Super Bowl, meanwhile N.E returned 4 more times. Ya, I’ll root for the Pats, you stick with the losers.

  21. jimmyt says: Aug 29, 2013 12:22 PM

    pynflfan says:
    Aug 29, 2013 10:39 AM
    Cue the unneeded spygate comments

    Unneeded? No my friend those that appreciate integrity in sports and dislike the lack of it will always be here to remind those who want to talk about how “classy” the Patriots organization is. Won’t be needed as much once the Hernandez trial starts getting close. Media outside of Boston, ESPN and all the other Patriot biased outlets will start digging and running stories 24/7 on the Patriots and Belichicks shady past and their cheating their way to three Super Bowls. One need only Google “Patriots Scandals” to get an idea of what this organization is really about. It will be great.

  22. thermanmerman99 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:25 PM

    will they also improve the increased pumped in, generated crowd noise at gillette as well?

  23. vicnocal says: Aug 29, 2013 12:26 PM

    Yeah, because what the world really needs is more people fiddling around with apps and smart phones.

    Ironic that the smarter the phones get the stupider the people get.

  24. dalcow4 says: Aug 29, 2013 12:50 PM

    The legacy of Cheaterville will never go away

  25. longbino says: Aug 29, 2013 12:52 PM

    So how do they determine what percent of fans get wifi ? By who pays the most ? What happens to the other 60% ? Are they like Steerage on the titanic and go down with the ship ?! Still a rip off to pay $200 per seat . I’ll gladly forgo wifi and watch games in buffalo where my season tickets WITH 2 preseason games cost only $225 to sit club level

  26. steelerben says: Aug 29, 2013 1:43 PM

    Pro to season tickets to the Bills: Club level seats for $225.

    Con to season tickets to the Bills: You have to watch the Buffalo Bills.

    Do your season tickets include the game in Toronto? If so, add it to the con list.

  27. fanasaurus says: Aug 29, 2013 2:11 PM

    @schmitty2 people of your ilk amaze me. There isn’t or wasn’t any evidence of the “super bowl” taping by the Patriots of the Rams practice. The article written by the Boston sports writer was retracted, and he apologized for his gaff. He also was reassigned by the newspaper and no longer covers the Pats. But if it makes you feel better to justify your loss keep believing that nonstory.

  28. patsbrat says: Aug 29, 2013 3:43 PM

    schmitty2 says:
    Aug 29, 2013 11:13 AM
    kate773 says:Aug 29, 2013 10:53 AM

    schmitty2 says:Aug 29, 2013 10:34 AM

    I wonder if it will give fans access to all the secret cameras set up.
    _______________________________

    OH MY GOD YOU’RE SO SMART AND CLEVER

    Well, considering I’m a Ram’s fan and it was our practice they recorded right before they played each other in the SB I have earned a lifetime pass to make these comments amigo. Maybe you should be SMART AND CLEVER and not cheer for a team that has been caught cheating multiple times.
    ___________________________________

    The practice was never recorded by the Patriots. It was a bad report from the Boston Herald that was retracted soon after.

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