CLEVELAND -- As the Indians spent much of last year looking for wins, their fans spent a considerable amount of time searching for cell service.
Well, the search is over.
In an effort to bring more connectivity inside the ballpark, the Cleveland Indians have partnered with Verizon Wireless to deliver a new Distributed Antenna System and Wi-Fi network.
These updates offer fans more reliable access on their mobile devices inside the stadium.
"I spent more games with my cell phone roaming. It was a real pain," said Tribe fan Mike Tomarsky.
"This implementation will significantly enhance fans' digital experience at the ballpark by making social media and their favorite apps more easily accessible, as well as completing common functions like making a call or sending an email or text," said Neil Weiss, the Indians' senior vice president of technology and chief information officer.
The DAS is an in-building network solution that features separate antennas, each of which boosts Verizon's high-speed 4G LTE network strength as well as capacity to ensure optimum network performance and the ability to accommodate thousands of fans using their smartphones. The Wi-Fi network provides additional Internet coverage throughout the ballpark.
The new coverage also will allow fans to tweet game action or interact with the Indians on Twitter, @Indians.
"The new DAS and Wi-Fi provide the platform for which technology can enhance the experience at the ballpark and can help to further create memories for our fans," said Indians President Mark Shapiro.