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Eagles Win Fans Over with MNF Victory and Free Stadium Wi-Fi

September 11, 2013


Philadelphia Eagles fans have more than the team’s recent win over the Redskins to be excited about. Starting on Sunday, Sept. 15, for the team’s first home game, the Lincoln Financial Field will offer fans access to the stadium’s new high-density Wi-Fi technology. Made possible by a partnership with Enterasys (News - Alert) Networks, the new stadium functionality will support fantasy football leagues and tweets alike, as its access will improve users’ experience with using various social platforms.

By delivering its Wi-Fi solution, IdentiFi, Enterasys Networks will provide the over 69,000 stadium-seating football fans with enough bandwidth to download and access multimedia apps. Moreover, the Eagles have upgraded the team’s mobile app, offering its users more fluid navigation and other features to entertain fans while they’re in the stadium on game days.

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This is not the first time Enterasys Networks has delivered a successful deployment in this technology arena. Just recently, the company worked with the New England Patriots and the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore Center to execute similar deployments. However, this solution also comes with the help of PCM, Inc., winner of Microsoft’s (News - Alert) “Operational Excellence Platinum Award.” PCM, Inc. will manage the cabling, networking deployment, and optimization facets of the project.

With free Wi-Fi access being provided to users in Lincoln Financial Field’s seating areas, club level, suites, press boxes, locker rooms and concourse, Philadelphia Eagles President Don Smolenski expressed his excitement over the project’s potential and partnership with Enterasys: “This free wireless network at Lincoln Financial Field will allow our fans to check stats around the league, stream the NFL Red Zone channel and, of course, log on to our Eagles Mobile App. Our partner, Enterasys, has a proven legacy of working with NFL organizations to transform stadiums into highly interactive, digitally connected venues that take the fan experience to the next level, and we're excited to launch this network." 

Enterasys Networks CEO Chris Crowell echoed Smolenski’s sentiment, noting, “Our work with the Eagles is an example of a league-wide trend to use technology to improve the fan experience and drive stadium attendance. Today's highly connected sports fan desires the capability to share game experiences in real-time which requires always-on connectivity to do so. Our partnership will bring Lincoln Financial Field into the next generation of connected stadiums."

Given this new technological development and Monday’s victory, it looks like both the Eagles players and fans are already in for a winning season.

Edited by Alisen Downey