Enterasys Networks, a Siemens Enterprise Communications company with a presence in Andover, said Monday that it has been chosen by the Kraft Sports Group to provide high-density Wi-Fi at Gillette Stadium as a way to ensure high-speed wireless connectivity for all fans at New England Patriots games and other stadium events.
Gillette Stadium has a capacity of about 68,000 for Patriots games, and this National Football League season, all fans at Gillette will have free Wi-Fi access, the Patriots said; last season, only about 6,000 fans with tickets to the stadium’s exclusive Putnam Club level seats had such access.
One challenge to providing Wi-Fi to a football stadium is that many fans are looking to get access simultaneously, which can create serious traffic issues. To reduce the likelihood of congestion, Enterasys said it has deployed “hundreds” of wireless access points throughout the stadium. A spokesman for the Kraft Sports Group described this effort as a “multi-million dollar investment” but declined to be more specific about financial details.
“The Wi-Fi network complemented with Gillette Stadium and Patriots apps for iPhone, iPad, and Android will provide guests with an unparalleled in-stadium experience, bringing them closer to the action on the field through exclusive access to the NFL Red Zone and real-time stats,” a press release from Enterasys and the Kraft Sports Group said. “Stadium-wide Wi-Fi will also allow fans to access social networks to share their game experience with friends and interact with the Patriots.”
Based in Foxborough, the Kraft Sports Group is the sports and entertainment division of the Kraft Group, the holding company for the Kraft family’s various business interests. Kraft Sports Group properties include the Patriots, Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution, and Gillette Stadium.