Better, faster, more custom options. Now, easy, free.
Yes, it’s 2012 and I want a smooth, reliable mobile and Wi-Fi experience everywhere I go and especially when I'm at Milwaukee area sporting events.
I want replays. I want to know where my friends are and what they’re doing. I want special offers. I want to be able to access and set my DVR from my Bradley Center, Miller Park or Lambeau Field seat. I want to watch that blown call by my favorite referee even though the in house jumbotron won’t show it. I want it all.
So, will I get it? Maybe. Cisco is on a mission to connect stadiums around the world. Yet today, and sadly, all of our major sporting venues in Wisconsin are lacking when it comes to free, fast Wi-Fi.
How do we solve this?
How about personal mifi devices (compact wireless routers) for season ticket holders, or every ticket holder for each individual event? I realize there are carrier challenges, but this may be a creative solution.
I asked Steve Costello at the Bradley Center. He and great team are, of course, aware of the Cisco solution and they "recognize the interest of our fans in staying connected while attending events." "Our first priority is to assure all our local wireless carriers have solid signal in the Center for their cellular customers," said Costello.
This is great news as I can barely text while inside BC.
Costello continued, "We continue to work with our cellular carriers and third party system designers to identify solutions to assure both continued strong cellular signal and future wifi capabilities at the Bradley Center. Designing solutions to provide robust wifi capacity in large arenas and stadiums is far more complex and expensive than in other types of venues due to the high concentration of users."
So, when is this going to get done? "While we don't today have a confirmed timetable for rolling out Wi-Fi, it is on our radar and we expect to know more by the end of 2012," said Costello.
If massive places like Kalahari in the Wisconsin Dells can do it, I trust and expect our sport stadiums to follow very soon.
Let’s hope the Wi-Fi ball continues to roll at the Bradley Center, Miller Park, Lambeau Field, U.S. Cellular Arena and all other sports venues this year!
christ, people are spoiled.
i want i want i want i want.....
i agree with HLM.
if the game itself isn't enough just go to the movies and text, tweeter, and poke your friends from there.
Or you could just put your device away and watch the game you went to the venue for.
3 comments about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Jeff Sherman
Published June 30, 2015
Recently Thrillist released its ranking of all the States in these United States of America. Called "The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States," it places Wisconsin in some great company.
Published June 29, 2015
The Zac Brown Band may be the closest to a true definition of a current day Summerfest mainstay as you can get. Their cross genre approach has wide appeal and while firmly anchored in their traditions and heritage the band is constantly evolving, taking risks and adding sounds, personality and styles.
Published June 27, 2015
After the show, my wife simply said that it was just "honest and real." That's what the show was. Urban and his band even stayed on stage afterwards shaking hands, slapping high fives and thanking the Wisconsin fans.
Published June 21, 2015
My Dad's finally out of the hospital after nearly 10 weeks and he's on a solid road to full recovery. But, needless to say this Father's Day means a bit more. It always should, though. For all of us. A simple reaction from my daughter truly helped me see this.
Published June 20, 2015
Summerfest has something for everyone. Yet, there's no doubt the country is king and that its artists and music make Summerfest bigger and better each year. It also makes OnMilwaukee.com's Jeff Sherman smile.
Published June 17, 2015
Who is with me? Downtown Milwaukee needs a Kopp's Frozen Custard.
Published June 16, 2015
Saying "Happy Birthday" is fun and it's super easy via Facebook. Plus, it's nearly impossible to not do.
Published June 12, 2015
ABC will screen its new fall shows including 'The Muppets' early this summer via a mobile theater tour. The tour includes a stop at Milwaukee's Summerfest.
Published June 11, 2015
A men's accessories shop has popped up on Broadway.
Published June 9, 2015
To help highlight MMSD Green Luminaries, I'll focus on the winners by asking questions about their practices and new environmental approaches. First up? Outpost in Mequon.