The Cardinals announced today that the public facing WiFi system at Busch Stadium that was recently installed during the off-season has been activated. The club is encouraging fans attending games to log on to the ‘CardinalsWiFi’ service set identifier (SSID) being broadcast throughout the ballpark.
“We are thrilled to offer Cardinals fans, and all guests to Busch Stadium, the ability to connect to free WiFi throughout the stadium,” said Perry Yee, Director of Information Technology. “The free WiFi system will improve the fan experience around the ballpark and give fans a greater opportunity to share their experiences and keep up on all things baseball while attending a Cardinals game.”
Connecting to the WiFi system is as simple as selecting the ‘CardinalsWiFi’ option from the available networks on your mobile device. Once selected, fans will be asked to provide the name of their cellular carrier and agree to terms and conditions before their device is authenticated to access the WiFi network.
The effort to equip Busch Stadium with WiFi throughout the stadium is part of Major League Baseball Advanced Media’s (MLBAM) $300 million, multi-year plan to bring WiFi and improved cellular connectivity to every major league ballpark. Busch Stadium is the largest installation of all the MLBAM WiFi projects to date. Over 740 WiFi access points were installed to accommodate fans in all locations of the stadium including the AT&T Rooftop, Budweiser Brewhouse rooftop deck and, soon, the Busch II Infield at Ballpark Village.
As part of the WiFi installation, the equivalent of 30 miles of Cat6a Ethernet cabling, 11 miles of 6-strand fiber optic cabling and two miles of conduit were laid. The installation project took more than 10,000 man hours to complete.