WiFi Could Be Coming to Ohio Stadium and Schottenstein Center for the 2019-20 Football and Basketball Seasons

By Kevin Harrish on April 2, 2018 at 6:09 pm
Wi-Fi coming to the Horseshoe.

It looks like WiFi will finally be coming to Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center for the 2019-20 athletic season.

On Friday morning, the Ohio State Board of Trustees will vote on a plan that will bring wireless access points to both Ohio Stadium and the Schottenstein Center in an effort to "improve the fan experience."

There have been a number of efforts to bring WiFi to the athletic complexes, but so far none have materialized. Ohio State sued Verizon Wireless back in 2015 over the issue, and a similar plan was reported last year, but was shelved after an "unusually tense" trustees meeting.

The new plan will be part of an $18.6 million campus-wide project which includes the installation of indoor and outdoor wireless access points across campus to "create a more seamless, efficient and modern end user experience."

Construction is set to begin on Ohio Stadium in December of 2018 – after the 2018 football season – and is scheduled to be complete by July of 2019, in time for the 2019 football season.

Construction on the Schottenstein Center will follow a similar schedule, beginning in April 2019, and concluding in October 2019 in time for the start of the 2019-20 basketball season.

The Ohio State Board of Trustees will vote on the plan at their Friday morning meeting. The Board of Trustees is also scheduled to vote this week on a two-year contract extension for Urban Meyer and reduced student ticket prices for men's basketball.

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