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New HD Scoreboards, Televisions Installed in Colorado's Sports Authority Field at Mile High

August 14, 2013


Football fans watching home games of the Denver Broncos will have a more pleasurable time thanks to some new technology in the well-known stadium.

Comcast (News - Alert) is installing new HD scoreboards and a thousand HD televisions in Sports Authority Field at Mile High. It is the home field for the NFL’s Denver Broncos.

The Wi-Fi network in the stadium will be improved as well, and Comcast will improve the network connection at the headquarters/training center for the Broncos, located in Englewood, Colo.

The improvements will be made by Comcast Business, a subsidiary of Comcast. The upgrade includes Comcast Business Ethernet, PRI trunks and HDTV services. The improvements will also see more efficient football and business operations, the team said.

The network now supports up to 25,000 Wi-Fi connections, over 10 times the amount as it did previously.

In addition, the team has a 100 Mbps Ethernet dedicated Internet line for high-speed Internet access and a 100 Mbps Ethernet private line connecting the stadium to the headquarters/ training center.

"The renovations and improvements our organization have made to the stadium and training facility this offseason ultimately allow us to offer an even more immersive experience for our fans by enabling us to provide better amenities and services across the board," Russ Trainor, vice president of information technology for the Denver Broncos, was quoted by Sports Pro Media.

Many football stadiums are installing improved screens and other technology given the technology savvy found in fans – whether on their mobile device or technology used at home or at work.

"As we continue to compete with high-end HDTVs and home theatre systems the pressure will be on us to provide the best possible game day experience for our fans at Sports Authority Field at Mile High,” Trainor said. “These upgrades and other initiatives, such as our popular Broncos mobile app, are just the beginning of how we intend to entertain, engage and interact with Broncos fans."

"From texting, posting to social media or checking their fantasy team, sports fans are doing much more than just watching the game when they attend any professional sporting event these days," Shawn Adamson, regional vice president for Comcast Business, said in a company statement. "In fact, given the density of people and Internet-enabled mobile devices in a single location looking to get online, stadiums present unique networking challenges that our Ethernet services are solving for the Broncos and professional sports teams across the U.S."

Edited by Rich Steeves