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Fenway Park Gets Technical with Comcast WiFi

April 13, 2012


Technology plays an important part in the sports industry, as games rely on social networks to share updates with fans or viewing videos online to find the latest talent.

The Boston Red Sox announced the team chose Comcast (News - Alert) Corporation for high-speed communications at Fenway Park and the team’s spring training facility, the new JetBlue Park at Feway South in Fort Myers, Florida. Comcast will provide high-performance Internet for all members of the media, Red Sox staff and wireless service for fans attending games at the ballparks.

The organization realizes the need to stay on top of technological improvements and realizes the need for reliable Internet on-site. “We are in a media-centric business, and Comcast Business Class Metro Ethernet provides us with the bandwidth to accommodate the Internet reliability and performance needed for reporters, photographers and television crews, with the flexibility to quickly add more bandwidth in the future as we need it,” Steve Conley, IT director at the Boston Red Sox, said in a press release.

Using the Comcast Business Class Ethernet Dedicated Internet, media professionals can upload video and photo files as the game continues for the latest news. This provides an edge against competing media outlets. The WiFi (News - Alert) will be available in the press box and can be accessed with a specific code and user name.

Staff will also use the service for evaluation purposes. One use for the staff is to view video files to choose potential players for the Red Sox. Not only can scouts search existing videos online, but players can submit videos to the organization as well.

Finally, the staff can upload videos of current players during games and practice to evaluate plays and make improvements.

“Video files make up a considerable portion of today’s wide area network and overall Internet traffic, and this trend is expected to continue as more organizations utilize video in their daily operations,” said Bill Stemper, President of Comcast Business Services.

Comcast hopes that the success at Fenway Park will encourage others to improve their Internet services as well. 

Edited by Braden Becker