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

By Kevin Harrish on July 23, 2019 at 1:04 pm
WiFi is here!

Rejoice, Ohio Stadium WiFi is finally here.

Four years later than originally planned, free public WiFi installation began in The Horseshoe on Tuesday afternoon, according to a Tweet from Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith.

For those of you following along, this has been quite a long road.

Ohio State signed a contract with Verizon Wireless back in 2012 that they apparently believed would bring WiFi to Ohio Stadium by the team's season opener in 2015. When that obviously didn't happen, Ohio State sued Verizon Wireless and presumably did battle in court – but that still didn't bring WiFi to the 'Shoe.

Another plan that was expected to bring WiFi to The Horseshoe and the Schottenstein Center by the 2018 calendar year was reported in back in 2017, but that plan was shelved after an "unusually tense" board of trustees meeting shortly after.

But a new $18.6 million campus-wide project seems to have done what the others did not and brought modern comfort to the concrete cathedral on the Olentangy River.

The plan also includes free public WiFi in Schottenstein Center, which should be ready by the start of the 2019-20 hoops season.

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