This week NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated in a news conference that he would like to have Wi-Fi added to all NFL stadiums so that when fans go to stadiums they won't have to shut down. He stated that he wants fans at stadiums to have access to information, the Red Zone, and highlights. He further stated that he wants fans to be able to engage in social media, including fantasy football, and that they want to make attending a game a great experience for fans. When questioned about how much it would cost to fit all of the stadiums with Wi-Fi, Goodell stated that they have several proposals in front of them and that they are looking for new technology partners to help them address this. He stated that it is possible that they could have 1 or 2 stadiums done for the 2012 season, but not all 31. He further stated that they have discussed having a pilot, perhaps in New Orleans since the Super Bowl will be held there next year. He concluded by stating that there are several teams that are very aggressive in this area and have some good technology in their stadiums and that they are learning from them. Check out the video from the news conference here.
As a social media junkie, you know that I LOVE this idea! I like to fully enjoy the games when I attend them in stadiums, but I also like to tweet and update my Facebook status while I'm there. This can be difficult when you don't get a strong signal in the stadium (which has happened to me a couple of times). Fans can then just switch their cell phones to Wi-Fi and gain access to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites. And if I really wanted to be ambitious, I could even live blog the My POV posts right from the stadium! I hope Twitter jumps all over this to work with the NFL to set up official hashtags for each game and have tweets from fans display in the stadiums. Stay tuned for more information on this project.