AT&T Park gets Wi-Fi upgrade
AT&T has long taken pride by being the USA’s largest Wi-Fi network provider, offering over 20,000 domestic hot spots and more than 90,000 hot spots globally via roaming partners, and this time round they have announced recent upgrades to AT&T Park’s Giants Digital Dugout. What’s the Digital Dugout? It is actually an interactive, in-stadium site for San Francisco Giants fans that offers a much more enhanced visitor experience, thanks to special applications and exclusive content delivered throughout the ballpark over complimentary AT&T Wi-Fi access for any ballpark visitor with a Wi-Fi enabled device. Yes, you read that right – as long as your PSP, DS Lite, cellphone, PDA, netbook, notebook or other device with Wi-Fi capability is in good working order, you can gain access to a host of features shown right after the jump.
- Food Finder, which allows hungry Giants fans to locate the nearest concession stand.
- FanCaptions, which provides closed captioning of PA announcements for hearing-impaired patrons.
- Pitch Tracker, so fans can enjoy live pitch tracking, score updates and statistics courtesy of MLB.com.
- Games, including Base Runner, Match Game and Buzz!, to challenge and entertain baseball fans with creative and innovative activities.
- Video Content Library, which provides a collection of player interviews, along with great moments in Giants’ history.
According to Bill Schlough, San Francisco Giants chief information officer, “The Digital Dugout is really changing the game for Giants fans at AT&T Park. We strive to provide an outstanding entertainment experience for each and every one of our ballpark guests, and thanks to AT&T, we have been able to make their visits even more interactive and memorable.”
We think that this is a pretty neat move as it helps bring fans closer to the detailed aspects of the game with instant access to information via Wi-Fi connectivity. After all, you not only get the full live experience with thousands of fans cheering your favorite team on, you will also be able to enjoy instant replays of glorious (and on the downside, painful) moments as though you were viewing a TV, making this combination one that offers the best of both worlds.