Editor’s note: The following team-by-team capsule reports of MLB stadium technology deployments are an excerpt from our most recent Stadium Tech Report for Q2 2014, which focuses on Major League Baseball. To get all the capsules in one place as well as our featured reports, interviews and analysis, download your free copy of the full report today.
Reporting by Chris Gallo
Seating Capacity: 41,160
The iconic Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field enters its 100th season in style.
The Chicago Cubs are celebrating all season long with special promotions and the experience is even better with Wi-Fi throughout the historic ballpark. The Cubs do not yet offer iBeacon technology, but the free Wi-Fi is not bad for a ballpark that’s been around for a century.
And with a proposed $500 million dollar restoration and renovation plan, it’s possible that the digital experience at Wrigley might improve in the coming years. Potential enhancements include new restrooms, concessions, a 6,000 square foot video board in left field, which has drawn opposition from neighboring rooftop owners and historic-minded fans, who don’t want to see the old Wrigley ruined. At the very least, pretty much everyone can get behind improved connectivity. But it remains to be seen if the Cubs’ owners will get approval for their renovation plans.
St. Louis Cardinals
Seating Capacity: 45,399
The reigning National League Champions enter their eighth season at Busch Stadium in 2014. Public facing Wi-Fi is absent, but the Cardinals unveiled non-digital enhancements with the Ballpark Village and AT&T Rooftop this year.
Busch Stadium does have several DAS antennas installed and is one of many teams to test out iBeacon technology with MLB At the Ballpark this season.
Seating Capacity: 42,200
Wi-Fi: Premium suites only
Rain or shine, the game is always on at Miller Park. Opened in 2001, the stadium remains one of the more modern ballparks with a retractable roof and a climbing wall as part of the Dew Deck. Unfortunately, the modernizations do not include any public Wi-Fi for fans. Maybe next year Brew Crew?
Seating Capacity: 38,496
After making the playoffs last year for the first time since 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates are poised to improve stadium connectivity at PNC Park. The Bucs plan to install major upgrades with additional access points and antennas, hopefully
in time for another home playoff series in 2014.
Great American Ball Park
Seating Capacity: 42,036
Entering its second decade of existence, the Great American Ball Park welcomes fans with free Wi-Fi and more than 60 iBeacons throughout the ballpark. The stadium uses that network to distribute ballpark information and targeted offers to fans throughout the game.
The Reds also partnered with Miami University to build a dedicated social media area on the third-base concourse. The Reds Connect Zone includes Wi-Fi access, charging stations for mobile devices, and more than 25 screens of tweets, Instagram photos, Facebook polls, and Vine videos for fans to stay connected at the game.
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