WiFi Installation Begins in Ohio Stadium Four Years Later Than Original Expected Date

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flying-banana's picture

Ohio State signed a contract with Verizon Wireless

That was the first mistake... Is the new project still with VZW?

vball10set's picture

okay, students, now you have no more excuses not to go to games-LOL...seriously, though, this was much needed and waaaay overdue....BOOM!!!

BTBuckeye's picture

I try not to use my phone at games, but this is a positive development overall. 

Knarcisi's picture

Yep, it's a nice break.  Most of the time, bigger games especially, you can't even get phone reception. It is a nice convenience when you need it.  

Razz's picture

I don't use it while the game is actually happening, but with Fox there's 3/4 down time with nothing to do but wait for the commercials to end...

Class of '13

KBonay's picture

They should name the network "Michigan'.  Because it will likely cruise throughout the season, but in the big game, will falter and leave folks disappointed.  

GoBuckeyes1020's picture

I agree that this is a necessity to get the students in the gates but I must admit, after visiting the Masters this April, watching a sporting event with no phone in my pocket or worse yet in my face was an experience I did not expect. My focus was entirely on the action and the surroundings and it made for an amazing experience I will remember for a long time.

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BuckeyePat's picture

Great point. I never use my phone during live events. But I know people like to text and social media a lot at games


ibuck's picture

"Being present" is a key to happiness, according to many gurus.

Our honor defend, so we'll fight to the end !

RunEddieRun1983's picture

Now we'll be getting all those Ohio Stadium selfies in real time! :: sarcastic dancing ::

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

BuckAlum09's picture

I honestly look forward to the 4-5 hours of zero cell service to disconnect and just watch the game how I was raised watching it. But I this day and age, I suppose there's plenty of benefit here.

"...and when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of booze. And we'll drink to old Ohio till we wobble in our shoes."

mr.green's picture

4 minute Tv timeouts and 6 minutes between quarters and  challenges that take 5 minutes all give you plenty of time to tweet  

and now i can check scores of games i care about  

Smitty516's picture

Mr. Green, completely agree. I never have my phone out during game action, but it’s nice to check scores and watch highlights during these TV timeouts. It’s also nice to check for injury updates and other developments that occur that are not announced at the game, but you might be updated on with TV coverage.

Put_In_Cardale's picture

Excellent point. As much as I dearly love the Bucks, if they're smacking around Miami of Ohio and it goes to a TV timeout....I'm definitely going to my phone for any other/marquee games. Glad this finally got fixed.

McBane's picture

Just keep winning!

Keze's picture

Now everyone can be on their phones instead of cheering for the Buckeyes.

I go to a football game to watch the game and  root on the Buckeyes , NOT to be on my damn phone.


Major H's picture

Keze for the win! +1

I'd rather be an hour early than a minute late.

AndyIsaCult's picture

Couldn't agree more. I've been against this from the very beginning, game atmosphere is going to be even worse now.

nm_buck's picture

more people with phones in their faces

is there an app that tells you when to cheer?

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

MassiveAttack's picture

Wait, so it's all or nothing?

Because there are no commercial breaks or timeouts or any lulls in action.  /s

Oh wait there are tons of those. 

Okay, well it's not like there are statistics I want to see or highlights from other games I might check out. /s

I would do all of the above and more, at home.  Just because you have free wifi, it doesn't mean you're not going to pay attention to the action.

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Hovenaut's picture

*In a grizzled tone*

How are you supposed watch football when you're lollygagging on your (airquotes) smart device?

Hindsight is, and in, 2020

BengalBuck's picture


Without God, there is no Liberty...

Crumb's picture

After all the abuse I see those railings take in South Stands it'll be interesting to see if any of those boxes are still there by November. 

LeftCoastBuckeye's picture

My first reaction was "great, 100K noses in phones will do wonders for the game atmosphere."  On the other hand, I suppose it might make those interminable TV timeouts a little less vexing.  On balance; meh.

My aim, then, is to whip the Weasels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.   - William Tecumseh Sherman (with apologies)

Cooper's picture

This is more of a positive in the sense that you can call your friends and/or text them when you’re drunk at the stadium and don’t know their location. Plus, checking on scores will be nice.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

RBuck's picture

I just don't get it. 

Sooner or later it all gets real.

oldebucke's picture

This is FANtastic! Who wants to watch that boring ole football game, anyway?...now get off my lawn

If you have two people that agree on everything, that only means one of them is not thinking at all.

ohiopanda's picture

Honestly may cut down the amount of time people spend on their phone, since it was usually people waiting for something to load during the lengthy TV timeouts, since it should actually load now. Only ever used it to keep track of other scores

BayCountyBuck's picture

When I was 6 I was thinking about this rivalry. This one is seared on your soul, It's ingrained through every part of your body. -Urban Meyer

mr.green's picture

i bet most of the people complaining do not go to games

Capt.OHIO's picture

Missed opportunity with the title of this article:


Dunder Mifflinity style

...and we'll drink to old Ohio til we wobble in our shoes.

wyatt's picture

Politicians can delay/screw up/mismanage anything. Four years? They don't take four years to get their pay raises. 

Ethos's picture

Public WiFi is a great way to get hacked. So enjoy that I suppose. 

"I spent 90 percent of my money on women and drink. The rest I wasted." - George Best

BuckAlum09's picture

Some hacker student decides to bring his lap top, and has a little bit of IP address know how, and IF the wifi isn't sufficiently secured... Could be a hackers dream to steal some of them sorority chicks "private" pics.

But hell, there's nothing on my device worth stealing so... have at it ya NERD!

"...and when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of booze. And we'll drink to old Ohio till we wobble in our shoes."

buckeyepastor's picture

I agree with the great benefits of having this access during those TV time outs, replay reviews, etc.. And those who must check things on their phones, getting to them faster will allow them to get back to watching the damn game.  

But overall, the cumulative effect for those who like to use wifi on their phones is they will do it more often.  Social media and other sites have addictive qualities/aspects to them.  Research has shown this.  I think in the long run, this will mean more people going to their phones more often, not just during breaks in the action.  It is a change welcomed by most, but I think ultimately it will mean a less rabid and dedicated crowd. 

"Woody would have wanted it that way" 

UAGoldenbear84's picture

Why-fi?  You pay good $ for the "game experience".....you should experience the game.  TV timeouts...all the "down time" people are talking about....go get more FOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!