3 and Out: Oregon season opener
We've all been there: Dying to get ahold of a friend or family member to meet up before, during or after the game and unable to reach that person because the cell signal is overwhelmed by the shear amount of people in one space. Want to check the score of a big game while at another? Good luck with that. It's impossible. Until now, hopefully.
College football fans flocking to Autzen Stadium this fall may not see physical changes on the scale of last year's exiting and accessibility improvements and north side exterior makeover, but they will notice a big difference when pulling out their smart phones.
That's because the two largest mobile network operators in the U.S., AT&T and Verizon, recently installed a Distributed Antenna System (DAS) throughout the seating bowl of the 47-year-old venue to improve the capacity of their respective cellular networks.
"The atmosphere on a game day at Autzen Stadium is one of a kind in college football," said Director of Athletics Rob Mullens in a release. "The DAS will contribute to an improved experience for fans and make it easier for them to share that experience with family, friends and fellow Duck fans."
PK Park, home of Oregon baseball, and Pape' Field, home of UO soccer and lacrosse, will also benefit from the Autzen project. Matthew Knight Arena was equipped with DAS serving AT&T and Verizon Wireless customers in 2013.
“The network upgrades at Autzen will deliver Duck fans the championship caliber wireless experience they deserve on game day,” said Bobby Morrison, Pacific Northwest President for Verizon Wireless. “Oregon fans will be able to share the exhilarating moments with friends and family on the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.”
In theory, this is great news for Ducks fans. One of the more frustrating parts of college gameday is trying to find the needle in the haystack that is trying to locate your family and friends. You would have had to had a pre-determined plan going into the day and not deviate from it just to make sure you can find each other. Cell phone signals were jammed from the mass amount of people in one space and phones worked on overdrive, draining the battery throughout the entire game trying to find a signal. Now that the enhancements have taken place, it will lead to a more fun-filled and safe environment, if it works the way it says it is going to work...