COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and Mobilitie, the nation’s largest privately-held provider of wireless infrastructure, have announced the installation of a high-density Wi-Fi system at Nationwide Arena that will provide guests with high-speed wireless connectivity on any mobile devices used within the arena. The network enables fans to stay connected and allows for greater interactivity during games and special events.
The Mobilitie network encompasses 263 access points strategically placed throughout Nationwide Arena. In addition to serving fan-facing areas in the seats and concourses, the network will also support high-speed connectivity in all of the arena’s press facilities, locker rooms, meeting spaces and offices. The Wi-Fi system complements the neutral host Distributed Antenna System (DAS) that Mobilitie installed in April 2013 to improve cellular coverage within Nationwide Arena.
“We are always striving to provide the very best in-arena experience for our fans and this enhancement enables us to better serve the changing needs of our customers,” said Larry Hoepfner, Columbus Blue Jackets Executive Vice President of Business Operations. “Fans attending games and special events now expect a fully immersive experience and the addition of this network furthers that active engagement and opens the door to a host of future applications.”
“Hockey is one of the most exciting sports to watch live,” said Christos Karmis, president of Mobilitie. “Fans want to share that experience with their friends and family. Columbus Blue Jackets fans will be able to stay connected, share information via their social channels, and enjoy the in-venue entertainment with the new Wi-Fi in addition to the DAS. As a long-term partner of Nationwide Arena, we are committed to ensuring the venue remains one of the National Hockey League’s most advanced arenas when it comes to wireless connectivity.”
The network is expected to be fully operational for the Blue Jackets home-opening contest against the New York Rangers on Saturday, October 11.